Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), on October 2, announced it is expanding its popular xL865 family of cost optimized compact modules to include an LTE Cat NB1 series. The addition makes it the industry’s only QFN module family to offer Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) connectivity, compatible with existing 2G and 3G models.
“Telit has been supplying xL865 modules worldwide since 2011 to customers from small to multi-national Fortune 1000 companies. One of the things that has made the form factor so popular is our design-once-use-anywhere philosophy that, along with other customer-value centric directives, guides the development of all our modules,” said Sandro Spanghero, Telit Senior Vice President of Global Products Management. “By extending this product family to support new and rising IoT standards like NBIoT in combination with our Telit IoT Platforms and IoT Connectivity, we are establishing the xL865 as a solution for the thousands of new and existing customers looking to improve customer experience, scalability and other factors critical to their business performance.”
IoT devices are growing increasingly dependent on battery-only power, being deployed in environments demanding outstanding performance for in-building penetration and massive scale deployment. The new NL865B1-E1 module, banded for use in Europe and China addresses these requirements while extending the life of existing products with long-term longevity of the LTE Cat NB1 standard. Typical application areas well suited for the compact new module include smart buildings and cities, smart agriculture, waste collection, healthcare, and remote monitoring including smart meters in the utilities sector. With the new module, an application designed for 2G or 3G can be revitalized with NB-IoT with little to no redesign impact.
Telit NL865B1-E1 Key features and specifications:
- 3GPP Release 13 LTE Cat NB1
- Data rates up to: 250Kbps download – 20Kbps upload
- Regulatory certification scope: Europe – RED/GCF; China – CCC
- Dual-band LTE FDD B8 900MHz, B20 800MHz
- Optional on-board SIM chip
- Industrial temperature range -40 to +85 °C
Industry analyst firm ABI Research reports that Cellular LPWA network technologies will have exponential connection growth from 2018 onward as telecommunications companies upgrade their networks in 2017. As networks and technology evolve, future-proof designs transition from desirable to essential for businesses that need scalable solutions for global, mass production. The NL865B1 series delivers reliability, industry-leading performance, and quality testing practices that go beyond the industry standard.
Visit Telit booth 1G33 at European Utility Week, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands from October 3 to 5 and The IoT Solutions World Congress booth D421, taking place in Barcelona, Spain also from October 3 to 5 to find out more about the NL865B1-E1
For more information on the xL865 family visit: http://info.telit.com/nbiot