New chipset complements Sony’s Altair cellular IoT solution portfolio to handle only NB and NB / 2G applications
Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony), a leading supplier of cellular IoT chipsets, has announced the launch of the Altair ALT1255, a new low power NB2 chipset. The ALT1255 is 5G ready, designed with an integrated SIM card (iSIM), user MCU, rich application layer and GSM / GPRS backup modem.
The ALT1255 chipset enables device manufacturers to develop low-power, cost-sensitive connected devices on a global scale to monitor, manage and control critical infrastructure, medical devices, logistics tracking and a wide variety of applications LPWA.
The ALT1255 platform is now commercially available and has been selected by the main players in the module.
The ALT1255 was developed in-house by Sony Semiconductor Israel, based on the LTE-M / NB ALT1250 chipset, and takes advantage of its mature, widely accepted and globally certified NB / 2G technology. The chipsets share a software architecture, modem application and network layer, as well as APIs for quick and easy integration within the Altair family of products.
“The market shows a growing need for a feature-rich, fully integrated NB-IoT cellular chipset with 2G fallback,” said Dima Feldman, vice president of product management and marketing, Sony Semiconductor Israel. “Module designs based on the ALT1255 will provide reliable connectivity for smart metering, logistics, telematics and smart city applications.”
The integrated iSIM ALT1255 removes barriers related to cost, size and power, and adds an additional layer of security. The GSM / GPRS modem fills the gap in LPWA network coverage and enables future-proof technology deployment in countries with mixed 2G / NB coverage. In addition, ALT1255 incorporates a low power ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller, completely separate from modem functionality and designed to run a variety of IoT and sensing applications, as well as an adaptation layer to interconnect within of the existing ecosystem.
The solution provides out-of-the-box secure cloud connectivity, using many industry-accepted communication protocols such as COAP and LWM2M with low power consumption.
Part of Sony’s Altair family of products, the ALT1255 enjoys the trust of operators, iSIM ecosystem partners and developers who design IoT devices and has already received wide acceptance in the industry. The chipset has received Global Certification Forum (GCF) certification, which enables customers to accelerate certification of modules and devices.