Qualcomm has recently unveiled a 9205 LTE modem chipset which is specially designed for IoT (Internet of Things) applications and requires Low-Power, Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN). The company on Monday (17th Dec) mentioned that the device has been built to serve the purpose of application and devices that operate on LPWAN such as asset trackers, wearable’s, health monitors, smart city sensors, security systems and smart meters.

Within one chipset, the 9205 LTE modem will support NB2 (NB-IoT) and global multimode LTE category M1 (eMTC) as well as 2G/E-GPRS connectivity. Along with that, the modem will contain application processing power provided by an Arm Cortex A7 –up to 800MHz — with additional support for AliOS Things and ThreadX.

Qualcomm while launching the product mentioned that “The integrated applications processor avoids the need for an external microcontroller to improve cost-efficiency, and device security,”

The chipset launched will also feature geolocation positioning capabilities including Beidou, GPS, and Galileo, and Glonass. Cloud service support along with bolstered security at the hardware level by way of Qualcomm’s Trusted Execution Environment will be available as well.

In the front end, an RF transceiver supporting bandwidth between the 450 MHz to2100 MHz bands has also been integrated. Qualcomm regarding that says it’s a”commercial first” in the cellular IoT space.

The new modem according to the company will be 50% smaller in size and more cost-effective as compared to its predecessor. While being unused, the modem willconsume 70% less power as well.

A software development kit (SDK) will be accessed by the interested developers while using the chipset which will be suitable for use when custom software inuse on the applications processor. The software development kit will come with pre-integratedsupport for cloud platforms such as DTSTON DTCloud, Alibaba Cloud Link One, Verizon ThingSpace, and China Mobile OneNET.

Vieri Vanghi, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Europe mentioned that “The innovations included in the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem are critical to supportmany of the six billion IoT devices expected to use low-power, wide-areaconnectivity by 2026.” He further added “LTE IoT technologies are thefoundation of how 5G will help connect the massive IoT, and we are making thesetechnologies available to customers worldwide to help them build innovative solutionsthat can help transform industries and improve people’s lives.”

As of now, according to Vanghi, the chipset has been in development from past 15months and there are more than 110 designs of the chipset which are alreadycompleted or in the final stages of design. Along with this there are now over80 licensees of the chipset. Designs based on the modem are expected to becomecommercially available in 2019.