Narrow Band (NB) -IoT Modem Chip Vendors
There are a number of wireless technologies available for the Internet of things. These are mainly divided into two categories:
- Short Range (Zigbee, WiFi, Bluetooth, Z wave)
- Long Range (LoRa,SigFox, NB-IoT )
NB – IoT refers to the technology of the narrowband Internet of things a cellular IoT technology developed as part of 3GPP Release 13 and Release 14.
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Narrow Band LTE- NB-IoT
In this post, we will be discussing the vendors who are developing the Chipset for Narrow Band IoT.
Qualcomm’s MDM9206 LTE modem is developed as a multi-mode connectivity solution to provide reliable, optimized cellular connectivity for the next-generation of IoT products and services requiring low bandwidth and years of battery life. The MDM9206 supports of LTE Cat-M1 (eMTC) and Cat NB-1 (NB-IoT), and allow device manufacturers to support ultra-low power consumption and cost-optimized solutions that cover a full range of low data rate IoT applications. It support of up to 15 global spectrum bands in MDM9206 which can allow OEMs to develop products based on single SKU to function in a diverse set of operator deployments worldwide, and thus helping to maximize the IoT products global reach and scalability.
MT2625 is an NB-IoT 3GPP Release 14 enabled SoC that will enable ultra-low power and cost-effective IoT devices for a wealth of applications ranging through home, civic, industrial or mobile use. It’s highly integrated design incorporates an NB-IoT modem DSP, antenna RF, and base-band analog front-end. It is high functionality, tiny in package size and low pin-count yields cost and size effective designs for many applications, while its highly integrated platform simplifies the product design process.
It is RTOS base, enables easy customization for applications such as home automation, cloud beacons, smart metering, and much other static or mobile IoT implementations. Its wideband front-end module is designed to support all ultra-low/low/mid bands defined by the 3GPP Release 14, including up to Quad-band operation, allowing a single design to address worldwide markets, reducing cost and development time.
Samsung Exynos i S111
Exynos I S111 is an LTE modem integrated NB-IoT solution that delivers a reliable wide range communication with ultimate power efficiency for lower data rate IoT application. This device includes Modem, RF IC, CPU, SRAM, DCXO and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capability on a single module enables connected device manufacturer to provide the compact, efficient and flexible design.
Below is the Modem Specifications:
- CPU: Cortex-M7 200MHz
- Cellular Capability: LTE Release 14 NB-IoT, Downlink up to 127 Kbps and Uplink up 158 Kbps
- On-Chip Memory: SRAM 512KB
- Interface Supported: USI, UART, I2C, GPIO, eSIM I/F, SIDO, QSPI, SMC
- Security Algorithm and Features: eFuse, AES, SHA-2, PKA, Secure Storage, PUF
- Location and Positioning: GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, OTDA
The ALT1250 is a 3GPP Release 13 CAT-M1 and NB1 IoT chipset, featuring ultra-low power consumption. The ALT1250 is a highly integrated device and incorporates an LTE baseband processor, RFIC, PMU, memory, Power Amplifiers, filters, and antenna switch, as well as a GNSS and a cellular based location engine and MCU subsystem for customer-developed applications. An ALT1250-based design requires only a few external components, enabling miniature module sizes of less than 100mm. This chipset incorporates Altair’s OneSKUTM RF technology which enables multiple LTE band combinations with single hardware design. The chipset features ultra-low power consumption in a variety of modes, including 3GPP PSM and eDRX, enabling more than 10 years of battery life.
SEQUANS Monarch N
The sequence has introduced Monarch N, an NB-IoT platform designed and optimized for pure NB-IoT operation to enable massive IoT deployment. Monarch N is a single-chip LTE Cat NB1/NB2 platform, compliant with 3GPP release 14/15 of the LTE Advanced Pro standard. Monarch N is highly integrated and includes all primary functions in a small chip scale package (CSP), enabling modules smaller than 10 x 10 mm.
Sequence has other modem Monarch SX with supports LTE Cat M1 and/or LTE Cat NB1 connectivity. This is very useful for low data rate M2M and IoT devices, including asset trackers, wearables, smart utility meters, smart city, and smart home sensors.
Same chips Technology (previously ZTE Microelectronics), introduced RoseFinch7100 supporting NB-IoT (Narrow Band Internet of Things). It Based on SMIC’s 55nm Ultra Low Power, Radio Frequency, embedded Flash technology, to enable its use in an application such as wireless meters, shared bikes, smart appliances, smart city, smart agriculture, and in other IoT fields. NB-IoT SoC RoseFinch7100 is specially designed for extensive low power IoT applications. In addition, RoseFinch7100 uses single chip design with minimum peripherals and supports 3GPP Release 14 full band with integrated cloud-chip security performance as well as open application architecture.
NORDIC SEMICONDUCTOR nRF9160
The nRF9160 from NORDIC semiconductor enables LTE technology accessible for a wide range of applications and developers. By integrating an application MCU, full LTE modem, RF front end, and power management in a 10x16x1.2 mm package, it also offers the most compact solution for cellular IoT (cIoT) on the market. It supports LTE-M and NB-IoT in bands from 700 MHz to 2.2GHz. It also supports features like eDRX, PSM to optimize power consumption and long battery life.
Targeting asset tracking applications, the nRF91 SiP Series includes a variant with built-in GPS support. It combines location data from the cellular network with GPS satellite trilateration to allow remote monitoring of the device position.
Quectel Wireless Solutions, a leading global supplier of GSM/GPRS, UMTS/HSPA(+), LTE and GNSS modules, solutions and services. It launched its BC95 module in 2016, which supports NB-IoT and compliant with 3GPP Release 13.
It is developed based on Huawei’s Hisilicon Boudica chipset, Quectel’s BC95 module features extended coverage, massive connection, low power consumption, and low device cost, and is therefore ideal for Low Power Wide Area. applications.
RIOT MICRO RM1000
The RM1000 Cellular IoT Baseband is a low power system-on-chip (SoC) for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication. The device is a dual-mode LTE-M / NB-IoT cellular baseband with integrated SRAM and full software stack comprising LTE L2/L3, AT Command stack, and TCP/UDP/IP stack. It supports basically 3GPP release 13 for LTE-M and NB-IoT.
RDA8909 chip integrates RF transceiver, power manager, modem, analog baseband, Flash memory, pSRAM memory, etc., but also has a built-in ESIM version, which greatly reduces the customer’s terminal design difficulty and cost. Network standard, RDA8909, supports 3GPP-Realaes 14, supports NB-IoT and GSM / GPRS mode, including dual standby single and single standby. The RDA8909 also integrates 802.11b RX and BT4.2 / BLE functions for indoor positioning and short-range connections.
GCT SEMINCONDUCTOR GDM7243i
GCT’s GDM7243i features a flexible architecture designed for a wide variety of narrowband IoT applications such as trackers, wearables, and sensors for smart utility meters, smart cars, homes, cities, healthcare and more. GCT’s IoT solution is also optimized for low data, low power M2M devices. The IoT possibilities are endless, with GCT’s ultra-low power solution, which offers easy plug and play and minimal operator maintenance. This chip is compliant 3GPP Release 13 LTE Advanced Pro standard.
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A very useful summary of LTE/5G Chip Manufacturers.