LPWA SoC for LTE-M/NB-IoT commercially available

LPWA SoC for LTE-M/NB-IoT commercially available

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony) has announced that its advanced LPWA ALT1350 System on Chip (SoC) is now commercially available.

Key features of the ALT1350 LPWA SoC include:

  • Ultra-low power consumption to ensure devices operate longer, reducing the need for frequent replacements or recharges.
  • Sophisticated location technology, enabling superior tracking accuracy for various applications.
  • Innovative integration that uniquely combines an application MCU, sensor hub, and enhanced security features with diverse connectivity options, all in one compact SoC.

LPWA cellular modules that use the ALT1350 SoC have been designed by partners and industry leaders AM Telecom, Fibocom, Murata, Quectel, Semtech, Telit Cinterion and Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC). The modules are now available for sampling, with mass production expected during the first half of 2024.

Sony’s Altair ALT1350 is the first cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT SoC to adopt a low-power application MCU, a sensor-hub for data collection and processing, enhanced security, integrated SIM (iSIM) location technology and an additional sub-GHz LPWA/FAN customizable transceiver and NTN communication options in a single chip. It features cellular connected standby mode (eDRX) connectivity at a power consumption of below 3µA, and its overall power consumption performance achieves up to 10 times longer battery life compared to previous generations. The rich feature set and performance of the chipset makes it an ideal solution for smart utility meters and single-chip asset-tracking applications.

The ALT1350 chipset promises unparalleled connectivity options and can support connectivity choices for all industries and markets. In smart cities and utility spaces, the ALT1350 can perform as a low-power cellular modem, a low-power mesh device, and a router between cellular and mesh networks as well as provide multiple connectivity backup options. The rich feature set and performance make it an ideal solution for single-chip asset-tracking applications, bundling multi-tier location services optimized for battery operated devices.

“Commercial adaptation of the ALT1350 SoC by industry leaders demonstrates strong demand for new generation LPWA technology” said Nohik Semel, CEO of Sony Semiconductor Israel . “This SoC enables applications for smart cities, logistics and asset trackers, connected health devices, and in the wearables market as it brings in an era of connected everything in which battery consumption is no longer a concern.”

“This equips us with strong competitive edge in LTE network coverage as well as low cost by processing sub-GHz LPWA and LTE-M on a single SoC using the ALT1350,” says Jin Gyu Lee, CMO of AM Telecom. “We believe this is a great opportunity for AM Telecom using small IoT devices based on the ALT1350 chipset which enables technically solving issues such as a battery life, WPS/GPS support, and so on.”

“Fibocom’s 5G LPWA module MS180 integrated with the ALT1350, adopts an ultra-compact size at 12.8- x 14.8-mm and is designed to provide ultra-low power consumption and reliable wireless connectivity for the 5G massive IoT market. Looking forward, we aim to empower industries such as smart metering, asset tracking, telematics, telehealth, smart city, and consumer electronics with this best-in-class module.”

“Murata’s ALT1350 module is designed to address specifications of vertical markets such as tracking, metering, wearables, and other emerging markets. Looking forward, it will offer worldwide operator certificates to allow customers to launch their product globally with a single design,” ” said Hirokazu Nakae, General Manager of Connectivity Module Product Department, Murata.

“Our Quectel BG950S-GL LPWA module will take the rich feature set and performance of the ALT1350 and set a new standard for IoT devices, enabling more efficient, reliable, and seamless communication across the globe,” commented Norbert Muhrer, President and CSO, Quectel Wireless Solutions. “Together, Sony and Quectel are paving the way for a future where smart, connected devices transform every aspect of our lives, from the way we work to how we interact with the world around us.”


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