Semtech, Sony team for 5G, satellite IoT module

Semtech, Sony team for 5G, satellite IoT module

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By Nick Flaherty

Sierra Wireless, now a subsidiary of Semtech, is using the latest ALT1350 chipset from Sony Semiconductor Israel for a 5G module for the Internet of Things (IoT) that also supports unlicensed spectrum communications protocols and satellite connectivity.

The 5G HL7900 module supports the 3GPP Release 15, 16 and 17 for LTE-M/NB-IoT that will enable it to support evolving network configurations and new features over time. It also includes sub-GHz and 2.4GHz integrated radios support  IEEE 802.15.4 based protocols such as Wi-Sun, U-Bus Air, wM-Bus, and additional standard and proprietary point-to-point mesh technologies.

“Not only does Sony’s Altair ALT1350 chipset enable hybrid connectivity options, but its advanced architecture sets a new bar in ultra-low power consumption,” said Dima Feldman, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Sony Semiconductor Israel.

“The optimized standby mode (eDRX) reduces power consumption by 80% when compared to the current generation, with battery-operated devices benefitting from four times longer battery life for typical use cases. Integrated into Sierra Wireless’ latest 5G HL7900 module, it answers the evolving and rapidly expanding needs of the cellular LPWA IoT market, enabling faster development, additional functionality, new use cases and reduced costs for customers,” he said.

A 2022 study by Juniper Research found that the global value of the cellular IoT market will reach $61 billion by 2026, rising from $31 billion in 2022. It identified the growth of 5G and cellular LPWA (Low-power Wide Area) technologies as key to this 95% increase over the next few years. According to the study, LPWA solutions are predicted to be the fastest-growing cellular IoT technologies with LPWA connections expected to grow 1,200%.

“Sierra Wireless continues to lead with one of the most innovative and secure LPWA module portfolios on the market,” said Tom Mueller, EVP of Semtech’s IoT System Products Group. “The new 5G LPWA HL7900 not only provides ultra-low power and network future proofing, but it also enables next-generation use cases with its integrated low-power MCU for customer hosted edge applications, and the ability to enable hybrid connectivity with multiple protocols supported on one SKU. All in addition to offering a high level of end-to-end security. Its ability to allow deployments that utilize universal connectivity with edge processing and multiple location technologies is a real game changer for IoT.”

Sierra Wireless’ HL Series modules including the HL7810, HL7812 and the new HL7900, support multi-mode Cat-M1 and Cat-NB2 networks around the world.

They are aimed at battery powered and low power deployments that require deep area coverage such as smart energy solutions, smart city applications, asset tracking, commercial buildings, manufacturing, healthcare, utilities and agriculture. Further, security is designed in from the start, with encrypted keys stored in a secure element for an added layer of protection from the edge to the cloud.

Sierra Wireless’ HL7900 module is expected to sample to lead customers later in 2023.



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