At the start of March, at the revitalized Mobile World Congress in 2022, Murata, Deutsche Telekom (DT), and Nowi launched what they claimed to be the smallest energy harvesting Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) module. This was a collaboration between IoT industry participants from three different domains, connectivity hardware (Murata), connectivity services (DT), and power management technology (Nowi). The result was the commercialized integration of Murata’s 1YS NB-IoT module, with DT’s ‘nuSIM’ integrated Subscriber Identity Module (iSIM) technology, and Nowi’s NH2 energy harvesting Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) chip. Their collective aim was the development of an “energy autonomous cellular IoT” communications product, which has now been named the “Autonomous NB-IoT Development Solution” (ANDS). Energy harvesting seems to be an emergent IoT trend in 2022, with E-PEAS having launched its energy harvesting optimized antenna this January.
Despite Murata being a large electronics manufacturer, IoT hardware is a small part of i…
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