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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Telit speeds up LTE for IoT with new series of single mode modules

By Nick Flaherty

Telit has launched a series of five dedicated single-mode LTE modules for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT-optimized LTE modules are compliant with the newly approved Release 13 standard set by the 3GPP, the collaborative standard setting body for cellular technology. They will begin sampling later this year with commercial availability set for early 2017 to meet US operator launch schedules.
Cat M1 and NB1 standards were devised to address specific needs of IoT applications, offering optimized power consumption and enhanced coverage. The new portfolio is being fast-tracked to address the pressing need in the US market for migration paths away from 2G as well as strong global demand from the industry for Cat M1 and NB1 modules to enable of a wide variety of brand new product concepts.

The new LTE UE Category M1 modules offer peak downlink and uplink data rates of 1Mbps. This generation of enhanced machine type communication (eMTC) products support power saving mode and extended discontinuous reception (EDRX), which together allow the module to wake up periodically, exchange small amounts of data with the network and return to sleep, providing for years of battery life. The NE866 for the European market is a 3GPP Release13 eMTC product capable of delivering long battery life of ten years or more while offering peak data rates of 250Kbps downlink and 20Kbps uplink.

  • Two ME910 LTE UE Category M1 cover major US mobile operators
  • Two ME866 LTE UE Category M1 cover major US mobile operators
  • One NE866 LTE UE Category NB1 for the European market
The ME910 modules are optimized in cost, size and power consumption to be applied as direct drop-in replacements in devices already designed for the GE910, CE910, UE910 and HE910. They are part of the popular xE910 form factor, the company’s most versatile and comprehensive product family and the only in the market to include the full range of cellular technologies (GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, CDMA, EV-DO and LTE CAT-x). ME866 and NE866 modules are drop in replacements for 2G and 3G members of the 15mmx25mm and 15mmx19mm xE866 miniature IoT module family, ideal for devices with stringent size constraints. Dual-mode variants of the xE910 M1 family are planned for release in short succession to address regional requirements like GPRS fallback for Europe and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for North America.

“Our customers and new IoT adopters already understand the different benefits Release 13 brings and are therefore looking for a complete portfolio of compliant modules, rather than a single product from module vendors claiming to be pioneering the new 3GPP standard. For starters, the standard includes two branches: M1 and NB1. Then, when you add to that, the fact that the NB1 specification allows for three different deployment scenarios which are not directly compatible with one another, you start to see the multitude of possibilities,” said Mike Ueland, President of Telit Americas. “What all this means is that in order to ensure you retain the device deployment flexibility you enjoyed with LTE Cat 1, for example, we are announcing a broad portfolio of Cat M modules here today.”

The modules use software from deviceWISE to make it easy to add them to a network and send data to the cloud, customer apps, back-end systems and servers. 

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