Europe leads support for Qualcomm’s first 5G IoT modem

Europe leads support for Qualcomm’s first 5G IoT modem

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By Nick Flaherty

European companies have been the major supporters of Qualcomm’s first 5G IoT modem chip.

The 315 is expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2021, with eight years of support to 2029.

The chip enables 5G modules half the size of current designs through a highly integrated RF front-end, but is designed to provide a pin-to-pin compatible solution for current LTE legacy modules to transition 5G. This provides peak downloads speeds of 1.54 Gbps, 400 Mbps and uploads of 330 Mbps, 75 Mbps over global 5G NR sub-6GHz bands in stand-alone (SA) only mode for private or public 5G networks, using network slicing or in isolation.

“5G is an important standard for the factory of the future. We are therefore working intensively on integrating 5G into our products,” said Dr. Steffen Haack, executive board member at Bosch Rexroth and responsible for development. “The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem enables interesting new functions specifically for industrial IoT applications and helps us to open up new applications with 5G.”

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“We recently released the first commercially available 5G router for industrial automation – a solution that utilizes Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G solutions. The interest for 5G in industrial applications is steadily growing and we see many advantages with the announcement of the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem, as it will enable a smaller formfactor for industrial devices and open up new use cases,” said Jens Jakobsen, development manager at HMS Labs, part of HMS Networks in Sweden.

“The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem addresses the specific needs for massive bandwidth, reliability, and performance across industries. This technology has the potential to become a catalyst of digitization, helping unlock unprecedented opportunities and efficiencies in innovative 5G industrial applications,” said Benoit Jacquemin, innovation director industry business at French industrial gaint Schneider Electric.

“Siemens and Qualcomm Technologies have a longstanding collaboration focused on technological cooperation in wireless communication technologies. With the release of products such as the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem, Qualcomm Technologies shows its strong commitment to drive the digital transformation of industry and enables us to develop state-of-the-art Industrial 5G products,” said Sander Rotmensen, director industrial wireless communication at Siemens Digital Industries.

“The introduction of the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem represents an important milestone that paves the way for bringing 5G 3GPP Release 16 connectivity to the 5G IoT industry,” said Marco Contento,  vice president, 5G technologies, product management, Telit. “This new system will serve a number of commercial and industrial use cases where until now there hasn’t been a 5G connectivity solution available, in particular energy distribution, smart grid technologies, and industrial control and automation. And, because the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem also supports applications currently served by LTE networks, it provides customers with a future-proof path for 5G device migration.”

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