Qualcomm just unveiled the world’s most efficient chipset. Named Qualcomm® 212 LTE IoT Modem, this NB2 IoT chipset features ultra-low system-level cut-off voltage, adapting power usage to varying source power levels. Requiring less than 1uA of sleep current, it allows for end devices with power supply levels as low as 2.2V. Thanks to this, never-before-seen applications can be deployed on a global scale.
“The Qualcomm® 212 LTE IoT Modem will help usher in a new era for a range of IoT applications around the globe, especially those requiring connectivity deep within buildings combined with low power use, like battery-powered IoT devices that need to operate for 15 years or longer in the field,” said Vieri Vanghi, vice president, product management, QUALCOMM Europe, Inc. “Its ultra-low power consumption, compact form factor, and low cost will greatly benefit OEMs creating the next generation of low-power IoT devices.”
The Qualcomm® 212 LTE IoT Modem packs modem, CPU, memory, RF transceiver with fully integrated RF front end, and power unit in a single chip. Such a compact integration ensures a low-cost BOM while simplifying module design and reducing time to market for OEMs. Speaking of the CPU, the chipset mounts an ARM Cortex M3 for embedded IoT applications. Connectivity-wise, it supports single-mode 3GPP Release 14 Cat.
In the PC era, power was the name of the game. But as we move towards an IoT era, power efficiency becomes the most important factor. All in all, IoT has less to do with speed and more with low consumption. That’s why the 3GPP is investing so much into developing energy-efficient standards for 5G, building upon NB-IoT and LTE-M. According to CommScope EVP and CTO Morgan Kurk, “5G is really about efficiency.”