Qorvo Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA (which provides core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications) has been chosen to provide the RF solution for the new NB-IoT modules of machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless module supplier SIMCom Wireless Solutions Ltd of Shanghai, China.
SIMCom’s SIM7000A and SIM7000C modules target high-volume cellular smart metering and asset-tracking applications that use low-power wide-area networks based on the new NarrowBand Internet of Things (NB-IoT) and LTE CAT-M1 (eMTC) standards. At least 11 operators have already launched NB-IoT or LTE CAT-M1 networks, with a further 14 networks planned, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). ABI Research predicts that low-power wide-area networks will be the world’s fastest-growing connectivity technology through 2025, supporting 4 billion IoT devices by that date.
Qorvo’s NB-IoT RF solution optimizes performance and low power consumption in high-volume, low-power IoT applications. Designed for global use, it helps IoT manufacturers to reduce cost by minimizing the need to regionalize their products. The solution includes high-efficiency power amplifiers and a low-loss switch.
“IoT is strategically important for Qorvo,” says Eric Creviston, president of Qorvo’s Mobile Products Group. “The RF solution in the highly anticipated LTE SIM7000A and SIM7000C NB-IoT/eMTC modules expands our portfolio of IoT offerings and helps further establish Qorvo’s position in the fast-expanding global markets for low-power connected devices.”