Qualcomm Stakes Claim to First Purpose-Built 5G Modem for The IoT

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By Jamie Moss | 3Q 2021 | IN-6217


Rapid Adoption


Qualcomm’s 315 5G IoT Modem was formally announced on May 21st, 2021. It is targeted at the industrial market, to accelerate cellular IoT adoption and 5G adoption, specifically. The 315 modem is designed to provide gigabit throughput, but with low power consumption and high thermal efficiency. It has a smaller footprint than Qualcomm’s previous 5G chips, with an integrated radio frequency front end (RFFE) and is pin compatible with the manufacturer’s existing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) chips. The 315 is being marketed as a global product, offering sub-6 band support in Stand Alone (SA) mode only, and with LTE for fallback. It is designed to allow for as seamless an integration process as possible with existing ethernet and other wired technologies already in use on the factory floor, to eventually displace them in favor of 5G in industrial IoT applications. To this end, Qualcomm is also including extended lifetime software upgrades, and extended hardware maintenance and support, with this new 5G IoT chipset.

Qualcomm claims that the 315 is the first purpose-built 5G modem for the …

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