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Qualcomm offers optimized global cellular solutions to help accelerate the Internet of Things

30 Jun 2016

Qualcomm products mentioned within this post are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Connectivity is at the heart of the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s what helps put the “smart” in smartphones, smart homes, smart cities, and smart connected cars. But the IoT also comes with a unique set of challenges. It demands that we connect billions of devices around the world and make sure all of them are reliable and secure. And a big part of that job is to ensure that industries don’t have to worry if their products are compatible with global networks.

Qualcomm Technologies is a pioneer of innovative connectivity technologies, but we realize we can achieve more by collaborating with industry leaders to create next-generation technologies. Over the years, we’ve worked closely with a number of companies to create superior, commercial-grade solutions for both IoT developers and device makers. Whether it’s expanding the IoT with machine-to-machine communication modules, or demonstrating our latest innovations at key industry events, collaborating is how we’ll make the IoT a secure, seamless, and intuitive ecosystem.

In fact, more than 60 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and module OEMs are designing with the Qualcomm MDM9x07 family of IoT chipsets into over 100 designs. Early IoT solutions required OEMs to purchase a number of separate components and then engineer them to be compatible with the latest sensors and processors. Ultimately, this meant device makers had to troubleshoot costly integration and compatibility issues and manage lengthy launch and development timelines on their own. On top of that, proprietary networking solutions meant limited device interconnectivity and geographically confined networks.

This is where our experience in connectivity pays off. With five proven generations of industry-leading LTE mobile modems under our belt, we’ve created a flexible chipset platform that enables device makers to tackle the IoT head-on.

Our modems feature 3G, 4G LTE single-mode, multi-mode and multi-band support, and are engineered to be compatible with major cellular standards across the globe, including LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, and GSM/EDGE. They also include pre-integrated support for Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac Wi-Fi, featuring MU-MIMO technology, Bluetooth 4.2BLE, and integrated GPS. All this translates to adaptable and scalable solutions for local, national, and international deployments.

The IoT chipset platform is optimized for cost and simplicity for a wide range of applications and use cases. It features and supports:

  • a power-efficient integrated applications processor with up-to an ARM Cortex-A7
  • Linux OS for app development, for select chips
  • global positioning support for location services
  • robust hardware and software security and authentication protocols
  • integrated voice support on select Qualcomm Technologies chipsets

The integrated processor is also designed to optimize performance depending on the needs of an app, from those that use small amounts of data to those featuring video or voice functionalities that consume data at a much higher rate. The advantages of a single, scalable platform offering 4G LTE Cat 1 to Cat 4 are apparent: Reducing the number of necessary components leads to lower Bill-of-Materials (BOM) costs, simplifies design, and cuts both launch and development time.

Another vital consideration for OEMs and IoT businesses is power consumption; the less power a device consumes, the better it is for manufacturers and end-users alike. Qualcomm Technologies’ advanced power-saving features are supported in our MDM9x07-1 Cat 1 modem  while helping to extend battery life.

The benefits of a flexible, integrated IoT chipset directly impact consumers, too. When developers and OEMs can build customizable connected devices, industries can use them to create smarter solutions for a wide range of everyday applications. From developing next-generation health monitors and wearables, to upgrading city infrastructure like connected streetlights and electricity meters, the possibilities are limitless.

Want to learn more? We’ll be giving a technology demo for LTE M1 at MWC Shanghai, as well as showing off demos for future LTE IoT technologies.

Qualcomm VIVE is a product of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.