According to Qualcomm, the 212 modem requires less than 1uA of sleep current and is compatible with IoT devices using a power supply as low as 2.2 volts.
The Qualcomm 212 LTE IoT chipset includes a modem baseband, an ARM Cortex M3 processor (204 Mhz), memory, RF transceiver with an RF front end, and power management components. The RF frequency bands span from 700MHz to 2.1GHz and the modem enables LTE modules below 100 square millimeters in size. Single-mode 3GPP Release 14 Cat. NB2 IoT connectivity is supported.
"The Qualcomm 212 LTE IoT Modem will help usher in a new era for a range of IoT applications around the globe," said Vieri Vanghi, Qualcomm Europe vice president of product management. "Its ultra-low power consumption, compact form factor, and low cost will greatly benefit OEMs creating the next generation of low-power IoT devices."
The executive added that the new chipset is best suited for IoT devices that need to "operate for 15 years or longer in the field" with low power or battery-operated usage, such as those buried deep within buildings and not easily reached or replaced.
Qualcomm is also launching a software development kit (SDK) for the device, permitting developers to create and run custom software on the chipset. Pre-integrated support for cloud platforms including the Microsoft Azure IoT SDK is also included.