Qualcomm brings latest LTE modems for IoT market

India ranked 4 in IDC Internet of Things (IoT) Index
Wireless chip maker Qualcomm Technologies has introduced its latest LTE modems — MDM9207-1 and MDM9206 – promising optimized 4G LTE and next generation cellular connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The MDM9207-1 chipset targets IoT applications such as smart metering, security, asset tracking, wearables, point-of-sale and industrial automation – offering Category 1 LTE connectivity.

On the other hand, the MDM9206 chipset from Qualcomm will allow device manufacturers to launch IoT devices with a narrowband modem in addition to providing enhancements for ultra-low power and extended range as part of Cat-M (eMTC) and narrowband IoT (NB-IOT).

“These modems demonstrate our commitment to the expansion of existing LTE commercial device capability in addition to new standards-based Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies that will lead to global cellular solutions with longer range, lower power and lower complexity, such as LTE Cat-M (eMTC) and NB-IOT,” said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, IoE, Qualcomm Technologies.

Key features for MDM9207-1:
# LTE Category 1 up to 10 Mbps downlink and 5 Mbps uplink speeds with LTE multimode or LTE Single mode capability and dual Rx or single Rx
Power Save Mode (PSM) enabling 10+ years of battery life
Major cellular standards, including LTE FDD, LTE TDD, DC-HSPA, GSM and TD-SCDMA
Scalable software across chipset platforms
Advanced, built-in hardware and software security features
Integrated voice support for Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB) and VoLTE
Integrated Applications Processor with ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz
Linux OS for application development
Integrated global positioning support for GPS, Beidou, Glonass, and Galileo
Small package at 28nm LP to allow for optimized IoT form factors
Pre-integrated support for Qualcomm VIVE Wi-Fi 1×1, 802.11ac featuring Qualcomm MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology and BT 4.1 BLE
Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution

The chip maker said MDM9207-1 chipset will be available in commercial products in the first half of 2016.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm Technologies unveiled the Qualcomm Snapdragon 618 IP camera reference design and development platform. The Snapdragon 618 platform includes a reference design and IP camera SDK, supporting 4K HEVC video, comprehensive connectivity and heterogeneous computing for video analytics.

“We’re tapping into our immense portfolio to build custom platforms for key segments within the IoT, and connected cameras are one of these areas that can benefit from our industry-leading connectivity and processing solutions,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

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