Qualcomm unveils purpose-built 5G modem optimised for IIoT

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has announced it’s first, purpose-built Internet of Things (IoT) modem solution equipped with 5G connectivity and optimised for Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications – the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT. The new 5G technology is expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2021.  

A comprehensive modem-to-antenna solution designed to support the IoT ecosystem in building upgradeable LTE and 5G devices for IoT verticals, the modem is set to accelerate the adoption of 5G connectivity for IoT, and expand the overall opportunity for 5G in the IoT industry.

“Enable the transitions needed for Industry 4.0.”

Jeffery Torrance, Qualcomm Technologies.

“Qualcomm Technologies is continuously optimising and developing industry-leading technologies and modems ranging from the most power efficient NB-IoT solutions to new products like the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem, purpose-built to bring 5G connectivity capabilities to IoT,” said Jeffery Torrance, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“We are pleased to unveil our new 5G IoT solution which will help stimulate and scale the 5G IoT industry and enable the transitions needed for Industry 4.0. This solution will help create long-lasting devices and promote growth and expansion in the 5G IoT industry, allowing seamless integration for customers utilising previous generations of connectivity,” Torrance continued.

IoT ready

The needs of modern IoT include seamlessly transitioning wired factories to wireless with solutions capable of supporting both LTE and 5G connectivity. The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem was designed with industrial and enterprise applications in mind, the Qualcomm 315 5G will cater to the needs of modern IoT, including seamlessly transitioning wired factories to wireless with solutions capable of supporting both LTE and 5G connectivity.

The new modern has been built with premium gigabit class performance, low-power, and thermal-efficient capabilities to enable a new generation of fast, powerful and high-performing IoT solutions.

5G for Industry

The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem is intended to meet the needs of industry segments including: retail, energy, automation and manufacturing, precision agricultural, construction, mining, public venues.

“Helps us to open up new applications with 5G.”

Dr. Steffen Haack, Bosch.

"5G is an important standard for the factory of the future. We are therefore working intensively on integrating 5G into our products. The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem enables interesting new functions specifically for industrial IoT applications and helps us to open up new applications with 5G,” said Dr. Steffen Haack, executive board member, Bosch Rexroth AG and responsible for development.

Due to the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem’s reduced footprint and highly integrated RF front-end, this solution expands Qualcomm’s portfolio, purposely designed to provide a pin to pin compatible solution for current LTE legacy modules. This provides legacy modules with ability to upgrade their solutions with no changes needed to existing hardware, minimising development efforts, costs and providing a seamless transition from LTE to 5G.

Public & private 5G networks

The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem supports global 5G NR sub-6GHz bands and operates in stand-alone only mode, with the capability to switch to LTE as needed. It can be deployed over private or public 5G networks, leveraging network slicing or in isolation. This solution is optimal for IoT applications that can be seamlessly integrated with existing ethernet and wired technologies. 

Coming with extended life software and hardware maintenance and support, the new modem prolongs IoT devices for the duration of their life span.The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem will help accelerate the digital transformation of the 5G IIoT industry, proliferating 5G for IoT.

Rachael Sharpe

Rachael is a British journalist with 17 years experience in the publishing industry. Since launching www.digitalcameraworld.com, she’s been freelancing, and working for some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. A regular contributor at 5Gradar, Rachael is following the 5G market closely. Find out more at www.rachaelsharpe.com