Sierra Wireless Integrates SIM, Security and GNSS into Industry’s Smallest, Lowest Power Multi-Mode LPWA Modules

Sierra Wireless Integrates SIM, Security and GNSS into Industry’s Smallest, Lowest Power Multi-Mode LPWA Modules

Sierra Wireless Integrates SIM, Security and GNSS into Industry’s Smallest, Lowest Power Multi-Mode LPWA Modules

AirPrime® HL Series supports LTE-M (Cat-M1/eMTC), NB-IoT (Cat-NB1), and 2G global networks in a compact CF3® module for low power IoT applications.

Sierra Wireless today announced the industry’s smallest, lowest power, multi-mode Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular modules targeted at rapidly growing markets in asset tracking and connected industrial equipment, smart city, healthcare, agriculture and wearables.

AirPrime® HL78 modules, featuring Altair Semiconductor’s integrated ALT1250 chipset, deliver best-in-class power performance extending the life of battery operated devices by 5-10X compared to other available LTE-M/NB-IoT modules. This new level of power saving modes, with improved wake-up and sleep mode responsiveness, as well as ultra-low sleep mode power, make HL78 the module of choice for any power-constrained IoT application.

Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless, said:

“With the HL78 modules, OEMs and system integrators have the most scalable, lowest power module platform to build their global IoT applications on.”

“And to make it even simpler for our customers, we’ve integrated the SIM and cloud, as well as GNSS and security features, to drive down the size of LPWA connected devices while enhancing tamper resistance and security.”

Sierra Wireless Integrates SIM, Security and GNSS into Industry’s Smallest, Lowest Power Multi-Mode LPWA ModulesIn addition to low-power performance unique to the HL78 design, the modules integrate GNSS tracking capability, security and an embedded SIM in a new compact CF3® size (18mm x15mm) that is pin-to-pin compatible with other HL Series modules. Customers have the flexibility to deploy the same device on global LTE-M (Cat-M1/eMTC) and NB-IoT (Cat-NB1) networks, with support for more than 20 LTE frequency bands in addition to optional 2G fallback.

Built-in security, including HTTPS, secure socket, secure boot and free unlimited firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updates from the AirVantage® device management IoT Platform, helps customers ensure HL78 deployments are future proof and secure.

“More than 690 million LTE-M and NB-IoT connected devices are expected by 2022, and the market needs a low-power, compact embedded module to connect their industrial, smart city, smart home and simpler static sensor applications,” said Dan Shey, Managing Director and Vice President at ABI Research. “With the addition of the HL78 product line, Sierra Wireless has amassed a broad portfolio of low power devices to drive the billions of advanced IoT connections we expect in the next decade.”

LTE-M and NB-IoT LPWA networks deliver a new class of wireless technology specifically designed for low-power IoT applications [see infographic here-below]. LPWA technologies combine lower cost, broader coverage and better battery life with globally available and secure cellular networks ready to connect hundreds of millions more things to the Internet.

“The ability to switch seamlessly between any commercially deployed LTE-M or NB-IoT frequency band gives HL78 customers the flexibility to choose which network they want to deploy their low bandwidth application on. And for those regions where LPWAN coverage is not as widely available, optional 2G fallback ensures their devices stay online,” said Ilan Reingold, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing at Altair Semiconductor (A Sony Group Company). “Incorporating Altair’s advanced IoT chipset, HL78 devices will also enjoy an extended life of up to 15 years on a single battery.”

Availability

The AirPrime HL78 modules are fully compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 standard and are Release-14-ready to support NB2 features in the future. Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL and WP Series modules are the smallest embedded modules to be completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, 4G and LPWA technologies. They use the CF3® form factor, which is footprint compatible across product lines, providing customers with the option to develop smarter by building their connected IoT product or service on a single module. HL7800 and HL7802 modules are sampling with lead customers now, with general availability in Q3 2018.

Infographic: What is LPWA?

Sierra Wireless LPWA infographic

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Ultra-small GNSS SiP: A Game-changer For Fitness Trackers

Today’s wearable and portable devices such as fitness trackers and health monitoring devices focus on maximum location accuracy while being power-efficient and small. To keep up with these requirements, u-blox has launched an ultra-small GNSS SiP (System in Package) measuring just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0 mm and claimed to use only one‑third the power of current‑generation GNSS receivers.

The  ZOE‑M8B consumes 25 mW on average in most environments (including urban), and as little as 12 mW during instantaneous tracking. There is a three-fold improvement in power efficiency when compared with other variants in the ZOE‑M8 series.

u-box says it’s the Super-Efficient (Super-E) mode of the ZOE-M8B due to which it automatically adjusts the power consumed by the system components based on the external conditions. Thus, the SIP offers an ideal balance between miniature size, low power consumption and good GNSS performance.

The device integrates a GNSS receiver, TCXO, SAW and LNA in a single package, making it easy to add accurate location and positioning functionality to almost any device.

For full Press release, click here. 

 

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u-blox Announces Industry’s Lowest Power GNSS SiP Targeting Small Battery Powered Devices

u-blox Announces Industry's Lowest Power GNSS SiP Targeting Small Battery Powered Devices

u-blox today announced the latest member of its ZOE-M8 series of ultra-small GNSS SiPs.

The ZOE-M8B is industry’s most power efficient GNSS System-in-Package (SiP) available for small battery powered consumer devices. It combines superior performance with ultra-low power to deliver an optimized solution for portable and wearable devices targeting the fitness, health monitoring, and personal tracker markets.

Small battery powered devices are defined by their limited size, weight and power, which dictates that any GNSS solution targeting this application space must provide exceptional performance while consuming minimal system resources. The ZOE-M8B has been designed for this class of ultra-low-power applications, where size and power are critical parameters. The ZOE-M8B consumes 25 mW on average in most environments (including urban), and as little as 12 mW during instantaneous tracking. This is a three-fold improvement in power efficiency when compared with other variants in the ZOE-M8 series.

“The ZOE-M8B SiP offers the best trade-off between power consumption and location accuracy,” said Uffe Pless, Product Manager Positioning at u-blox.

“This will enable manufacturers to develop entirely new battery powered devices that integrate GNSS functionality, without comprising performance or the user experience.”

This combination of ultra-low-power operation and high performance is thanks to u-blox’s proprietary Super-E mode of operation, which automatically adjusts the power consumed by the system components based on the external conditions.

The footprint of a design with a chip and individual external components is about 50% larger than the PCB footprint of the ZOE-M8B. Measuring just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0 mm, the ZOE-M8B integrates a GNSS receiver, TCXO, SAW and LNA in a single package, making it easy to add accurate location and positioning functionality to almost any device.

The ZOE-M8B is the latest addition to the ZOE-M8 GNSS module family, which consists of the ZOE-M8G for 1.8 volt powered devices and the ZOE-M8Q for 3.0 volt devices, both focusing on maximum accuracy.

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Sierra Wireless Announces Industry’s First Global Dual-Mode LPWA Module with Integrated Application Processing and GNSS

Sierra Wireless Announces Industry’s First Global Dual-Mode LPWA Module with Integrated Application Processing and GNSS

AirPrime® WP Series now supports both LTE-M (Cat-M1) and NB-IoT (Cat-NB1) on a single CF3™ module to simplify design and deployment of innovative LPWA solutions.

Sierra Wireless today announced the industry’s first global, dual-mode Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular modules.

The AirPrime® WP77 smart wireless modules simplify LPWA deployments for customers developing products that need to connect to multiple networks where different LPWA technologies are supported.

The WP77 supports both LTE-M (Cat-M1) and NB-IoT (Cat-NB1) with optional 2G fallback, allowing customers to deploy the same device with multiple network operators worldwide. For those deploying in regions where 4G LTE coverage is not as widely available, 2G fallback ensures their devices stay connected to the network.

ABI Research forecasts that cellular LPWA network technologies will begin to see rapid growth from 2018 onward as carriers upgrade their networks in 2017, however, carriers have varying plans and timelines for LTE-M and NB-IoT.

Dan Shey, Managing Director and Vice President at ABI Research, said:

“A module with dual-mode, global coverage will be very attractive for global equipment manufacturers, especially for applications such as telematics, metering, and location tracking, which we expect will lead the way for LPWA volume deployments.”

With the commercialization of LTE-M and NB-IoT LPWA technologies, cellular is now a superior option for many IoT applications that were previously restricted to short-range technologies due to cost and battery life. LPWA technologies combine lower cost, broader coverage and better battery life with globally available and secure cellular networks and will connect millions more things to the Internet.

“With the AirPrime WP77 modules, IoT developers have everything they need in a single module to quickly build low-power connected products that can be deployed anywhere in the world,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Embedded Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “The integrated open source Legato® platform and AirVantage® cloud provide our customers with a proven device-to-cloud architecture to design innovative LPWA solutions that extend the IoT into new applications.”

The WP series dramatically simplifies development for secure telematics and gateway applications, providing a dedicated application CPU core running the Linux-based open source Legato application framework. With integrated GNSS for tracking and location-based services, low-power modes, and a comprehensive set of interfaces for connecting sensors and companion chips, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, customers can develop multi-service platforms for the transportation market, and use the WP77 for applications requiring low throughput and optimized power performance.

Availability

The AirPrime WP77 is fully compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 standard and compatible with other devices in the WP family, retaining the same footprint, form factor, application framework and Linux distribution. Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL and WP Series modules are the smallest embedded modules (22 x 23 mm) to be completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, 4G and LPWA technologies. They use the CF3™ form factor, which is footprint compatible across product lines, providing customers with the option to develop smarter by building their connected IoT product or service on a single module. WP77 modules are sampling with lead customers, with general availability in early 2018.

For more information about the new AirPrime Cat-M1 and Cat-NB1 cellular modules, visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/LPWA.

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Altair first with GNSS (GPS) integrated in Narrowband Cat-M1 and NB1 cellular IoT chipset

Altair first with GNSS (GPS) integrated in Narrowband Cat-M1 and NB1 cellular IoT chipset

Chipset Provider Demonstrates Global Navigation/Location System of New ALT1250 Cellular IoT Chipset at Sierra Wireless Innovation Summit in Paris.

Altair Semiconductor today demonstrated GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) functionality integrated in its new ALT1250 narrowband CAT-M1 and NB1 (NB-IoT) chipset. The ALT1250 is the only narrowband cellular IoT chipset in the market today that incorporates GNSS/GPS functionality.

Eran Eshed, Co-founder and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Altair, said:

“Location determination is essential in many IoT applications – including asset tracking, vehicle monitoring and wearable devices. Satellite positioning is the most accurate method for doing that.”

“Integrating GNSS functionality in the ALT1250 significantly reduces the overall cost of IoT solutions while offering state of the art, low power satellite positioning capabilities in a miniature package. The market is responding well to it.”

In addition to GNSS functionality, the ALT1250’s extreme level of integration eliminates the need for most external components required to design a cellular IoT module. Approximately the size of a shirt button and less than 100mm2 in size, an ALT1250 module features support for both Release 13 standards – CAT-M1 and NB1, and includes a wideband RF front-end supporting unlimited combinations of LTE bands within a single hardware design, a multi-layered and hardware-based security framework, an internal application MCU subsystem and packaging that enables standard, low-cost PCB manufacturing.

“Altair continues to lead the narrowband cellular IoT market with the most integrated, feature-rich and cost-efficient chipsets available,” added Eshed. “We called the ALT1250 a game-changer when we announced it several months ago – integrated GNSS is one of a large set of groundbreaking innovations offered by this chip.”

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