Qorvo, Inc. recently announced the launch of two RF front-end (RFFE) modules that support the NB-IoT and LTE-M cellular standards. At the same time, Qorvo announced that it has partnered with Nordic Semiconductor to develop cellular IoT solutions using Qorvo's RFFE modules.
Svein-Egil Nielsen, CTO of Nordic Semiconductor, said: "We were impressed with the features and performance of the new Qorvo module. With high integration, wide frequency band coverage, and support for NB-IoT and LTE-M, the new modules help generate truly global connected products while providing industry-leading power consumption. "
With high integration, wide frequency band coverage, and support for NB-IoT and LTE-M, the new modules help generate truly global connected products while providing industry-leading power consumption.
"The NB-IoT and LTE-M standards have opened a new era, providing always-on global connectivity for a large number of devices, including applications that were previously unattainable. Minimizing the size and power consumption of RF solutions is critical for new battery-powered devices, many of which are expected to provide years of unattended and maintenance-free operation, "said Eric Creviston, president of Qorvo Mobile Products.
NB-IoT and LTE-M networks are rapidly expanding globally. According to Ericsson Mobile Report estimates, the number of NB-IoT and LTE-M connections has tripled during 2019 and will account for more than half of the nearly 5 billion cellular IoT connections by 2025.
According to Qorvo, major manufacturers of IoT devices, including wearables, are designing products that use their latest modules. In addition to the advantages of compact size, these two modules also provide the industry's lowest minimum operating voltage, thereby extending the battery life of IoT devices.