Qualcomm Technologies has introduced a new modem, built purposely for internet of things (IoT) applications that require low-power and wide-area connectivity.
Called Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem, the new offering will reduce power consumption of IoT devices by up to 70% in idle mode, as compared to its predecessor. Also, the 9205 LTE modem is economical and around 50% smaller than the predecessor.
Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem can power numerous connected devices including asset trackers, security systems, smart city sensors, smart meters, health monitors, wearables, etc.
“The innovations included in the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem are critical to support many of the 6 billion IoT devices expected to use low-power, wide-area connectivity by 2026,” said 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.”
The new modem features all the key technologies required to create IoT applications that use low-power and wide-area connectivity. These technologies include global multimode LTE category M1 (eMTC), NB2 (NB-IoT), 2G/E-GPRS connectivity, application processing, hardware-based security, as well as support for cloud services.
It will support GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) to enable design flexibility. This will allow use of either a shared or dedicated GNSS/LTE antenna.
These features of Qualcomm 9205 make the solution ideal for IoT devices that need to operate for a decade or longer.
To make things easier for developers, the new modem comes with LTE IoT software development kit (SDK). The SDK supports multiple cloud platforms including Alibaba Cloud Link One, China Mobile OneNET, Ericsson IoT Accelerator, Verizon ThingsSpace, to name a few. Developers can also choose to expand this support and include services from other top IoT platform providers.
Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem will power solutions of several companies, including modules from Gemalto, Quectel, and Telit. These solutions will be commercially available in 2019.
“The Qualcomm 9205 modem is expanding the IoT ecosystem by providing a solid foundation for future-proof, multimode LTE-M and NB-IoT Cinterion Modules designed to enable superior worldwide LPWAN connectivity as networks evolve,” said Andreas Haegele, SVP IoT products, Gemalto.
“Our security enhancements provide a strong framework for unique Gemalto services such as Device Lifecycle Management that help drive down TCO for device makers and IoT service providers.”