Next-gen cellular modem is purpose-built for IoT

December 18, 2018 //By Rich Pell
Next-gen cellular modem is purpose-built for IoT
Qualcomm Technologies (San Diego, CA) has introduced its next-generation modem purpose-built for Internet of Things (IoT) applications such as asset trackers, health monitors, security systems, smart city sensors, and smart meters, as well as a range of wearable trackers.

The new Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem includes global multimode LTE category M1 (eMTC) and NB2 (NB-IoT) as well as 2G/E-GPRS connectivity, application processing, geolocation, hardware-based security, support for cloud services, and accompanying developer tools. The device, says the company, is engineered to reduce power consumption by up to 70% in idle mode - a critical consideration for battery-powered IoT devices that need to operate for 10 years or longer in the field.

The modem is also 50% smaller and more cost-effective than its predecessor. It is also software-compatible with the company's prior LTE IoT solutions.

“The innovations included in the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem are critical to support many of the six billion IoT devices expected to use low-power, wide-area connectivity by 2026,” says Vieri Vanghi, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. "LTE IoT technologies are the foundation of how 5G will help connect the massive IoT, and we are making these technologies available to customers worldwide to help them build innovative solutions that can help transform industries and improve people’s lives."

Key features of the modem include:

  • Global multimode LTE IoT modem and connectivity
  • RF transceiver with fully integrated front-end
  • Advanced battery life management
  • Arm Cortex A7 applications processor up to 800MHz with support for ThreadX and AliOS Things real-time operating systems.
  • Geolocation
  • Hardware-based security
  • LTE IoT Software Development Kit (SDK)

Solutions based on the new modem - including modules from Gemalto, Quectel, and Telit - are expected to be commercially available in 2019.


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