Sunday, April 14, 2024

Cellular IoT Chipset For Smart Cities 

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The cellular IoT chipset enhances connectivity in smart cities and asset tracking, featuring power consumption and application support.

Sony ALT1350
Sony ALT1350

Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony), a provider of cellular IoT chipsets, has announced the availability of its ALT1350 Wireless System on Chip (SoC). This chipset has been integrated into LPWA cellular modules by industry leaders such as AM Telecom, Fibocom, Murata, Quectel, Semtech, Telit Cinterion, and Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC), which are now available for sampling.

The SoC is a cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT SoC that incorporates a low-power application MCU, a sensor hub for data collection and processing, security features, an integrated SIM (iSIM), location technology, and an additional sub-GHz LPWA/FAN customizable transceiver and NTN communication options, all in a single chip. It boasts a cellular-connected standby mode (eDRX) connectivity with power consumption below 3µA, achieving up to 10 times longer battery life than previous generations. This makes it a solution for utility meters and asset-tracking applications.

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The SoC offers connectivity options and can support various connectivity choices across industries and markets. In cities and utility spaces, it can function as a cellular modem, a mesh device, or a router between cellular and mesh networks and provide multiple connectivity backup options. Its feature set and performance make it a choice for asset-tracking applications, offering location services optimized for battery-operated devices.

“Commercial adaptation of the ALT1350 SoC by industry leaders demonstrates the strong demand for new generation LPWA technology solutions”, 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. We are excited to work with our partners to bring this SoC to the market and help them build innovative products.” 

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