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Qualcomm’s latest IoT modem chipset covers nearly all the 3GPP bases

As 2018 wound to a close, Qualcomm gave an international launch for its MDM9205, a modem chipset which supports all three current 3GPP standards for IoT applications. Based on an ARM Cortex A7 processor core, it supports LTE Cat-M1, Cat-NB2 (the latest iteration of NB-IoT), and the enhanced 2G M2M technology, E-GPRS. It also includes satellite location support and comes with Qualcomm’s Trusted Execution Environment. The low power LTE variants support higher bandwidth (and therefore higher power consumption) than their Unlicensed LPWAN counterparts, LoRA and Sigfox. Because of this, and the higher cost of a cellular solution (especially a Qualcomm one), the MDM9205 will be targeted at higher value applications which are not too power-constrained but need very good coverage.…

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