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Sony Semiconductor launches cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT solution

24 November 2022

Cellular chipset vendor Sony Semiconductor Israel has introduced what it claims is the world’s first LTE-M/NB-IoT solution that combines LPWA communication protocols and satellite connectivity in a single chipset.

Called the ALT1350, the chipset is designed to enable internet of things (IoT) power issues by reducing consumption by 80% in standby mode compared to current chipsets and by 85% when using it to send short messages. Sony said this will enable four times longer battery life for typical devices.

The device could be used in a wide range of markets such as utilities, vehicles, tracking devices, smart cities, connected health and other verticals.

Other features of the ALT1350 include:

  • A sensor hub to collect data
  • Cellular and Wi-Fi-based positioning
  • Integrated concurrent LTE and GNSS for tracking applications
  • Support for IEEE 802.15.4-based protocols such as Wi-Sun, U-Bus Air and wM-Bus
  • Future compatibility with 3GPP release 17
  • Operation with 5G networks
  • Additional LPWA radio transceiver
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