Taoglas Anam PA.26A

The smallest high-efficiency worldwide LTE antenna

Courtesy of Taoglas : Anam PA.26A 35*5*6mm Wideband LTE/Cellular/CDMA SMT Antenna

Anam 2G/3G/4G LTE Cellular SMD antenna
LTE/GSM/CDMA/DCS/PCS/WCDMA/UMTS/HSDPA/GPRS/EDGE/IMT
High Efficiency Wide-Band Antenna
Patent Pending
Surface Mount Device
Dims: 35*5*6mm

The PA.26A is an SMT LTE 4G antenna designed for direct SMT mount on the device PCB. It provides the highest efficiency in the smallest form SMT form factor, 35*5*6mm.

For any LTE application that requires an embedded antenna, the Taoglas PA26A Anam is a popular choice. It is a compact high-efficiency surface mount on board ceramic antenna. It covers all LTE bands globally and every category and is an excellent choice for anyone who requires best in class antenna performance in a small form factor. The antenna is already successful in many IoT applications particularly transportation, metering and medical device applications. This is down to its robustness, ultimate performance and easy surface mount application.

Due to its rectangular shape and compact size the PA.26A is very easy to integrate and can be mounted directly on the edge of the PCB. Matching is accomplished using a pi network. Using SMT (on-board) antennas saves on labor, cable, and connector costs. SMT antennas also lead to higher integration yield rates, higher transmit power and higher sensitivity.

The PA.26A operates at all common 4G/3G/2G LTE bands; 698MHz to 960MHz, 1710MHz to 2700MHz.

Typical applications:
– Telematics Control Unit (TCU)
– HD Video over LTE
– First Responder and Emergency Services
– Intelligent Transport Systems
– Internet of Things (IoT)
– High Definition Video Broadcast Systems
– Wireless LTE M2M Devices
– Medical Devices

The antenna dimensions and footprint are exactly the same as the PA.25A, providing customers with a drop-in conversion from 2G/3G to 4G systems. Care should be taken to follow layout instructions and place antenna on the edge of the board with adequate clearance to metal. Also, minimum ground-plane requirements must be met to achieve targeted efficiencies.

Pantheon antennas

Case Study: Pantheon antennas keep Sparks Police Department reliably connected

Pantheon on Sparks police carCourtesy of Taoglas

Information is a key commodity for police officers out on the job in their vehicles. Efficient GPS and cellular communications for in-vehicle computers that officers constantly utilize are critical tools of the trade for any police department. These systems deliver access to databases that help police more effectively keep their communities and themselves safe. However the police department in Sparks, Nevada – a city of more than 90,000 on the western side of the state – was plagued with connectivity problems in which police vehicles at times had no database access.

“We were using wireless cards and reception was pretty much garbage,” recalls Matt Dryden, I.T. Support Specialist of the Sparks Police Department. “We were experiencing dead zones throughout the city and disconnects were rampant.”

This situation, while vexing, wasn’t unheard of when it comes to wireless connectivity for fleets of vehicles, be they trucks, buses, cabs or other automotive devices. Delivering high-performance connection on a moving target is not as easy as networking a stationary resource like a building, often requiring best-in-class antennas both inside and outside vehicles to support various types of links with high speed and reliability.

Multiple antennas not acceptable

Applications like public safety with multiple radios translate to several antennas, and in the case of, cellular or Wi-Fi, there’s often a need for 2×2 MIMO solutions resulting in four antennas. GPS or GNSS is usually required, which means that antennas need to be mounted on top of a vehicle for a good field of view to achieve the best performance. MIMO antennas add to the challenge in that they demand a physical separation between the 2 antenna elements. There, needs to be at least 120mm between each antenna for efficient functioning. Also the public safety and PMR (Private Mobile Radio) antennas need to go somewhere too. There isn’t such space available on a typical police car.

Knowing they had challenges, Dryden’s department went in a new technology direction highlighted by the Taoglas Pantheon MA.750, five-in-one antenna, an high performance, robust, heavy-duty, external M2M antenna for use in telematics, transportation and remote monitoring applications in which there can be no performance compromises whatsoever.

Part of a Feeney Wireless CIRA X2 solution, the Pantheon antenna has reinvented connectivity for the Sparks Police Department. “When we changed to trunk-mounted modems with the Pantheon, it was a night and day difference,” explains Dryden. After running tests comparing visual maps and other elements between the old and Pantheon-enabled communications, “Within the city now, we have probably 99.9% coverage,” he says, with the only area missing being one behind a hill that never gets coverage.

Remarkably compact

The Pantheon antenna has been a game changer for Sparks police, combining five high-efficiency, high performance antennas in a robust, direct-mount package. It supports GPS/GLONASS, 2 x 2 MIMO Wi-Fi with 2×2 LTE MIMO. According to Karrie Rockwell, VP of Sales, Central Region, from Taoglas’, “We engineered this product to meet the fast-growing need for outstanding performance while being small, affordable and extremely robust.”

The Pantheon is ground plane independent, meaning it can radiate well on any mounting environment such as metal or plastic, without any impact on performance. Even though it packs significant amounts of functionality in a single package, it is able to maintain 20dB isolation between antennas and uses high-shielded PTFE dielectric ultra-low-loss cables that maintain low attenuation at all frequency bands and high noise rejection.

No weather issues, no leaks

Installed in 50 Sparks police vehicles — either on top of, or in the trunk — the Pantheon has proven to be extremely rugged, says Dryden. “I was kind of worried about how it would handle weather extremes because we get pretty varied temperatures. We were just over a hundred degrees last week and we can get down to negative 10 with snow, ice and everything in between,” he relates.
As for the Pantheon, “It’s proven to hold up to all that very well,” Dryden reports. It’s also unobtrusive, he explains. “It’s not one of those whip or fin antennas, where they stick up and can be vandalized. It’s a smooth, dome shaped antenna that can’t break off or be damaged.”

The antenna is compact “we are able to put it close to the light bar when it’s on top of the vehicle and you hardly even notice it there. It does look very clean, as well,” he notes. Another benefit is the Pantheon’s special adhesive waterproof layer, which avoids the common problem of leakage for roof-mounted antennas that require drilling holes for installation and also comes with an optional magnetic mount base if drilling holes is not an option.

Limited real estate

Dryden explains that one of the aspects of the Pantheon that his department particularly appreciates is compactness. “All five antennas are contained in one unit. If we needed to use individual antennas, the roof would be scattered with antennas,” he says.

In actuality, “there’s not enough real estate on the roof” for five antennas, Dryden notes. “Normally, you’d need two feet between antennas, which means five antennas with two feet in between all of them. The roof’s not big enough. Taoglas’ Pantheon allows us to accomplish communications we wouldn’t be able to accomplish otherwise.”

The Pantheon might officially be an external antenna, but it is proving quite effective in internal configurations, reports Dryden. In one case, the antenna was installed in an undercover vehicle “so we can’t have light bars and antennas all over the top,” he says. “We put it on the fender inside the back trunk area, and it’s been working inside the vehicle very well.”

Future proofed

Public agencies like police departments can’t assume lavish funding will be available so another differentiator for the Pantheon, says Dryden, is “the ability to upgrade in the future.” One near-term change will be utilizing the antenna’s Wi-Fi capabilities, adding to the current GPS and cellular functionality that is being used.

Wi-Fi connectivity is required for the laptops, tablets and proprietary hand-held devices used for writing tickets that Sparks patrol officers will be adding to their connected-equipment repertoire. “We want to be able to take a laptop into a person’s home to fill out a police report in the safety of the home versus out on the street, where people are exposed to the public and somewhat vulnerable,” relates Dryden.

Having done some testing of this new capability, Dryden is impressed. “We’ll be implementing (Wi-Fi) soon. The Pantheon is great. It works inside the vehicle. It works outside the vehicle,” he enthuses.

Demand in transportation sector exploding

The need for reliable networking among Sparks police officers reflects broader demand for 24/7 connectivity on the move by consumers and workers. In other industries, ”employees in company-provided vans expect to do email while on the road. Bus passengers want to use entertainment apps on their devices while on board. Trucking companies need real-time communications with their drivers. These are some of the more obvious places where there’s a need for more advanced antenna technology to enable all kinds of communication,” explains Rockwell from Taoglas.

“There are many antennas out there, but not all are created equal,” she notes. Issues with size, reliability and performance can limit achieving the multi-channel communications objectives that are becoming so commonplace.

“We’re known for pushing the envelope of antenna technology, particularly as M2M and IoT applications keep expanding,” says Rockwell. “The Pantheon is just one of many Taoglas antenna products that were designed to take communications to a new level, whether it’s a police officer in Nevada getting better data access or a vehicle or asset in the most remote parts of the globe achieving connectivity where cellular linkage is not available.”

The Pantheon is being used all over the world in various applications to support new and emerging functions.

u-blox SARA cellular module provides cellular connectivity for Iomote’s professional IoT platform

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Iomote selected the SARA cellular module series to connect its professional X400 gateway to the cloud.

Iomote

Italian‑based Iomote develops connected solutions for the industrial Internet of Things, offering a programmable and connected gateway, a powerful cloud backend, and a user‑friendly admin dashboard, harnessing the full power of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Use case

Iomote recently launched a new end‑to‑end platform for Industry 4.0 that lets businesses easily connect existing professional machines to the cloud, allowing them to increase their efficiency and augment their service offering. The centerpiece of their platform is their smart, programmable Iomote X400 gateway, which adds cloud connectivity to virtually any industrial application.

Their solution uses the company’s MyMote web dashboard to let IIoT system administrators manage operations such as provisioning, remote software upgrades of devices on the field, system notifications, and many others. It sends telemetry data directly to Microsoft Azure where it is exclusively made available to the customer, with no third parties involved.

Robust reliability and technological flexibility

Ensuring continuous connectivity, even outside urban centers where cellular coverage can be weak, was paramount for their application, as professional IoT solutions require robust real‑time, bi‑directional connectivity to cloud. In these types of applications, cellular connectivity is the only option because the end users, businesses, are increasingly reluctant to open the connectivity to their local network.

Technological flexibility was also key, allowing Iomote to tailor solutions specifically to the each customer’s cellular network environment, enabling them to connect to existing 2G, 3G, or 4G networks, and keep the door open to upgrading to LTE low speed or NB‑IoT networks when they roll out.

The u‑blox SARA solution

Iomote found its solution in the u‑blox SARA cellular module series, which offered both reliable connectivity and a high degree of flexibility in terms of the cellular technologies used. Their X400 gateway is built, in particular, around SARA‑G350, a 3G cellular module, and SARA‑U201, a 3G cellular module with 2G fallback, two automotive grade variants that are certified for use in explosive environments.

“We tested our X400 in remote areas where the cellular signal was very weak and unstable, and the overall performance was robust thanks to the u‑blox SARA cellular modules it uses,” says Claudio Carnevali, CEO of Iomote. “Form factor and pin‑to‑pin compatibility between 2G, 3G, and 4G variants of the SARA cellular module mean that customers have the possibility to choose their cellular communication technology. We really benefit from the possibility of tailoring the technology each customer’s needs,” he says. “In the end, regardless of the cellular technology used, our customers can rely on the u‑blox module to send messages flawlessly to the cloud.”

Future‑proofing designs

The most recent addition to the u‑blox SARA cellular module family, the SARA‑R412M LTE Cat M1 module with quad‑band 2G fallback is designed to help smoothen the transition toward low‑power wide‑area LTE cellular networks for industrial applications as they roll out.

QPQ1287 Band Pass Filter by Qorvo

Courtesy of everything RF : QPQ1287 Band Pass Filter by Qorvo

The QPQ1287 from Qorvo is a high performance Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) filter that supports strict LTE rejection requirements for use in the B40 band from 2300-2400 MHz. It provides a low insertion loss and high rejection for LTE TDD systems under all operating conditions. The QPQ1287 is available in a 3 pad 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.73 mm surface mount package and is ideal for TD-LTE small cell base station applications.

Product Details

  • Part Number : QPQ1287
  • Manufacturer : Qorvo
  • Description : 2350 MHz RF BAW Filter for TD-LTE Small Cells

General Parameters

  • Type : BAW Filter
  • Application Industry : Wireless Communication
  • Application : LTE, Base Station
  • Frequency : 2300 to 2400 MHz
  • Bandwidth : 100 Mhz
  • Insertion Loss : 2.2 to 3.9 dB
  • Rejection : 5 to 65 dB
  • VSWR : 2.0:1 to 2.25:1
  • Return Loss : 8.3 to 9.3 dB
  • Impedance : 50 Ohms
  • Package Type : Surface Mount
  • Dimension : 2.00?x?1.60?x?0.73?mm
  • Operating_Temperature : -40 to 85 Degree C
  • Storage_Temperature : -40 to 105 Degree C
  • RoHS : Yes

QPC9314 Front End Module by Qorvo

Courtesy of everything RF : QPC9314 Front End Module by Qorvo

The QPC9314 from Qorvo is a front end module developed for TDD macro or picocell base stations. It consists of a high power switch and Low Noise Amplifier that operate from 2.3 to 2.7 GHz. This FEM integrates RF functional blocks such as a pin-diode based high power switch that can handle up to 52 Watts with an LTE signal (8 dB PAR) along with two LNA stages, and a 1-bit DSA to provide a high and low gain mode. This Switch/LNA module has a pin diode driver and dc-dc converter circuits integrated into the module and thus requires a single 5 V supply. The control voltage for the switch and gain control mode is with 3.3 V logic. The QPC9314 is available in a RoHS-compliant, 8×8 mm surface-mount leadless package. The switch LNA module is targeted for wireless infrastructure applications configured for TDD-based architectures.

Product Details

  • Part Number : QPC9314
  • Manufacturer : Qorvo
  • Description : 2.3 to 2.7 GHz High Power Switch LNA Module

General Parameters

  • Type : Transmit / Receive Module
  • Configuration : Switch, Low Noise Amplifier
  • Application Industry : Wireless Infrastructure, Base Stattion
  • Wireless Standard : LTE
  • Frequency : 2300 to 2700 MHz
  • Tx Power : 23 dBm
  • Tx Current : 140 mA
  • Voltage : 4.75 to 5.25 V
  • Rx Gain : 24 dB( Low Gain Mode), 33 dB(High Gain Mode)
  • Rx Noise Figure : 1.2 dB
  • Rx Current : 240 mA
  • Insertion Loss : 0.5 dB (Tx Mode)
  • Package Type : Surface Mount
  • Dimensions : 8 x 8 mm
  • RoHS : Yes

Gunshot detection wearable uses Bluetooth Low Energy to wirelessly notify first responders when ‘man-down’ vest is pierced

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DataSoft’s ‘Automatic Injury Detection’ sensor employs Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC to transmit low power alerts in combat or emergency situations

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that DataSoft Corporation, a Tempe, AZ-based low power wireless solutions company, has employed Nordic’s Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC) in its ‘Automatic Injury Detection’ (AID) solution, a wireless sensor integrated into ‘man-down’ vests for law enforcement and military applications.

According to DataSoft, AID is the world’s first wearable gunshot detection system. The AID panel features a thin film sensor with an encased conductive ink trace inside the body armor that detects any piercing event to the wearer’s front or back, such as the impact of a bullet, knife, or shrapnel.

In the event the wearer suffers an impact, the vest automatically connects to a paired device—typically the user’s Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone or radio—using Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity provided by the Nordic SoC, up to a range of almost 70 meters. The long-range connectivity is due in part to the nRF52832 SoC’s high link budget 2.4GHz radio that offers a maximum transmit (TX) output of +4dBm and a maximum receive (RX) sensitivity of -96dBm. The smartphone then sends an emergency alert to nominated first responders and/or agency backup units via SMS, or directly to an Internet location such as the dispatcher’s console.

Emergency notifications include the user’s name and accurate personal medical information, the linked device’s GPS location, and where on the vest the impact occurred, allowing medical responders to assess the urgency and seriousness of the potential injury. AID can also automatically and instantly initiate one call to a selected phone number via DataSoft’s companion app on the user’s smartphone, as well as activate a wireless body camera to record the incident.

The sensor employs a 300mAh Li-Poly battery, allowing the device to operate for up to two years on a single charge, thanks in part to the ultra low power consumption of the Nordic SoC. The nRF52832 has been engineered to minimize power consumption with features such as the 2.4GHz radio’s 5.5mA peak RX/TX currents and a fully-automatic power management system. The AID sensor can be recharged via an integrated micro-USB port.

Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC, a member of Nordic’s sixth generation of ULP wireless connectivity solutions, combines an 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S332 SoftDevice, a combination Bluetooth 5-certifed/ANT™ RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE and ANT applications. The S332 SoftDevice supports Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster, and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“The ability of the Nordic chip to support both Central and Peripheral Bluetooth LE roles was important,” says John Bohlke, Director of Business Development at DataSoft Corporation, “because in some cases, we connect the back AID sensor to the front AID sensor, and the front AID sensor to a radio. We need that flexibility to overcome the limitations of a radio that only supports one connection.

“And because our AID sensors are installed inside the vest making it difficult for them to be removed and charged, the Nordic SoC’s minimal power draw was also of critical importance.”

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u-blox announces easy-to-use dual-mode Bluetooth module

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Ultra‑compact NINA‑B2 Bluetooth stand‑alone module features strong security for the Industrial IoT

Thalwil, Switzerland – April 17, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced the new NINA‑B2 dual‑mode Bluetooth® 4.2 stand‑alone module, enabling industrial IoT applications thanks to its built‑in secure boot and wide temperature ranges. Pre‑flashed with u‑blox connectivity software which supports many common use cases such as Beacon, GATT client, GATT server, and serial port, NINA‑B2 is configured easily using AT commands over UART, without requiring deep knowledge of the Bluetooth protocol.  Already tested and certified globally, it also reduces development costs and speeds time to market.

NINA‑B2’s built‑in secure boot guarantees that the software is authenticated by u‑blox and has therefore not been tampered with. This provides a secure operating environment for the Bluetooth module.

“As the IoT progresses and Bluetooth is a key wireless technology, security and backwards‑compatibility remain key challenges,” says Stefan Berggren, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox. “NINA‑B2 provides top‑grade security through its unique secure boot operating environment. As it is equipped with dual‑mode Bluetooth capability, it can simultaneously manage Bluetooth low energy and Bluetooth BR/EDR connections, making it ideal to connect to legacy devices.”

NINA‑B2 is very compact, at 10 x 10.6 x 2.2mm (without antenna) and 10 x 14 x 3.8mm (with antenna). Most of the Bluetooth modules at this scale are single‑mode Bluetooth low energy or Bluetooth BR/EDR devices. NINA‑B2’s size makes it an easy fit in any IoT device. It is also pin‑compatible with the u‑blox NINA family, allowing it to be easily swapped in or out with other NINA modules, with their different radio technologies such as Bluetooth low energy and Wi‑Fi.

Apart from industrial automation such as machine control devices, industrial terminals and products for remote control, possible applications also include wireless‑connected and configurable equipment, point of sale, telematics, and health devices.

NINA‑B2 should go into production in summer 2018.

About u‑blox
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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Nordic Semiconductor launches a Zigbee solution for the nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC, expanding their offering for smart home applications

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The introduction of Zigbee support further extends Nordic’s comprehensive low power short range connectivity solution portfolio, which additionally includes solutions for Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth mesh and Thread.

Nordic Semiconductor today announces its first Zigbee solution for use with the nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC. Available today is the first engineering release, a production grade Zigbee 3.0 certified release planed for 2nd half of 2018. This expands Nordic’s broad portfolio for mesh networking solutions for smart home, enterprise and industry. As with Nordic’s other mesh solutions this enables concurrent Zigbee 3.0 operation with Bluetooth Low Energy using the S140 v6.0 SoftDevice.

Nordic’s multiprotocol solution for the nRF52840 SoC enables use cases that take advantage of several wireless technologies. Examples include interaction with a Zigbee smart lighting network from a smartphone via Bluetooth 5, or a Zigbee security network using Bluetooth beacons for location identification. The SDK includes several examples including concurrent operation of Zigbee and Bluetooth 5 for a smart light bulb and switch.

Zigbee Alliance is a global, standards-based wireless solution that takes advantage of the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY and operates globally in 2.4GHz unlicensed bands (and other frequency bands in some geographical zones). Raw data throughput rates of 250kbs can be achieved at 2.4GHz (16 channels) and transmission distances range from 10 to 100 meters, depending on power output and environmental characteristics. The technology supports large mesh networks (which allow nodes to relay messages to other nodes) and low power operation for extending battery life.

Established in 2002, the Zigbee Alliance is a non-profit association of members that has created a thriving global ecosystem. The Zigbee Alliance states that the technology is a global, standards-based wireless solution that can conveniently and affordably control the widest range of devices to improve comfort, security, and convenience for consumers. It is the technology of choice for world-leading service providers, installers and retailers who bring the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) into the Smart Home.

“Our membership is privileged to gain Nordic’s valuable industry insight and expertise. We are excited to welcome them, and work with them towards certification on their first Zigbee platform,” says Victor Berrios, VP Technology for the Zigbee Alliance. “By adding Zigbee to its new software development kit, Nordic is expanding the reach of its product while providing additional design choice for IoT product manufacturers.”

“Nordic’s strategy is to support the leading standards-based low power wireless protocols on its silicon and through its development tools,” says Geir Langeland, Nordic’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “Zigbee is one of those leading standards, particularly in the home and industrial automation sector, so we are pleased to soon offer a certified, concurrent support for Zigbee and Bluetooth 5 on our high-end multiprotocol chip to provide developers with complete flexibility in their wireless IoT designs.”

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New Broadband Non-reflective GaAs MMIC Switches Cover Frequency of DC-18 GHz

Courtesy of Custom MMIC

Custom MMIC continues to rapidly add to its extensive family of MMIC Switches; with two new GaAs MMIC switches, the non-reflective CMD235C4 and CMD236C4.

The CMD235C4 is a DC-18 GHz broadband MMIC SP5T switch offering broadband performance with an insertion loss of 2.5dB and high port-to-port isolation of 40dB at 10 GHz.

The CMD236C4 covers DC to 18 GHz and offers a low insertion loss of 2.5 dB and high isolation of 42 dB at 10 GHz. Ideally suited for high performance military and instrumentation applications, both switches provide a switching speed of approximately 60 ns and an input P1dB of 21 dBm.

These switches feature binary decoder circuitry that reduces the number of logic control lines. The control voltages for both switches are 0/-5V. Both MMICs are housed in a ROHS compliant 4×4 mm QFN surface mount package.

Visit https://www.custommmic.com/mmic-switches/ to learn more and download the complete datasheets

Nordic Semiconductor nRF91 shortlisted for 2018 ‘Most Innovative IoT/M2M Vendor Strategy’ by top comms industry journal Light Reading

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Nordic Semiconductor today announces that its nRF91 Series cellular IoT solution has been shortlisted by one of the world’s top communications industry journals, Light Reading, for the ‘Most Innovative IoT/M2M Vendor Strategy’ in Light Reading’s ‘2018 Leading Lights Awards’ program.

Light Reading says it hosts the largest audience of qualified telecom professionals in the world with more than 430,000 subscribers worldwide. Now in its fourteenth year, Light Reading’sLeading Lights Awards’ is also said to be the communications industry’s leading awards program because of “Light Reading’s reputation for fiercely independent analysis which makes this the most credible and authoritative awards program in the communications industry”.

In the ‘Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy (Vendor)’ category, Nordic Semiconductor and its nRF91 cellular IoT solution is shortlisted alongside Amazon Web Services (AWS Greengrass, AWS FreeRTOS, and AWS IoT Analytics); Huawei Technologies (Huawei full-stack IoT solutions); Nokia (Nokia Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING)); and Verimatrix (Vtegrity).

Nordic hired some of the smartest cellular R&D engineers in the world from a bout of rationalization layoffs in Finland between 2011 and 2014 from companies such as Nokia, Microsoft, Broadcom, and ST-Ericsson. This is what enabled Nordic Semiconductor to become a brand-new entrant in the cellular IoT market and to take a completely different approach with its nRF91 Series LTE-M/NB-IoT module solution.

The nRF91 is significantly smaller, lower power, and more secure than any other cellular IoT module launched to date, has a host of unique IoT-targeted features, is module-certified for networks globally, and is dramatically easier to design-in.

“Nordic Semiconductor expanded the application-range of Bluetooth by abstracting away from the designer all unnecessary technical complexity,” comments Nordic CEO, Svenn-Tore Larsen. “The pre-certified, ready-to-drop-in LTE-M/NB-IoT nRF91 module promises to do the same for cellular IoT.”

Larsen continues: “It is hard to put into words the amount of hard work Nordic Semiconductor’s R&D engineers has invested into developing the nRF91 Series. But to see what Nordic Semiconductor as a company has achieved in the nRF91 formally recognized by one of the most prestigious technology awards programs in the world is extremely encouraging and only further validates the commercial strategy behind this product.”

The Leading Lights Awards will be presented at an awards dinner in the U.S. at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas, on Monday, May 14.

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