Multi-wireless modem combines low power cellular LTE and Bluetooth

5th June 2019
Lanna Deamer

Laird Connectivity has announced a new multi-wireless modem that combines the benefits of low power cellular LTE connectivity and Bluetooth 5 technology into one fully-integrated solution. This combination enables new use cases using low cost, long range Bluetooth sensors all connected to the next generation LTE network in a much simpler and lower cost solution architecture.

The Pinnacle 100 seamlessly incorporates a powerful Cortex M4F controller running a hostless Zephyr RTOS-based software implementation, complete Bluetooth 5 functionality, and LTE CAT- M1/NB-IoT capabilities - all fully certified from a radio regulatory, cellular and network carrier perspective. This intelligent modem additionally provides complete antenna flexibility, including pre-integrated embedded and external options such as Laird's Revie Flex LTE and NB-IoT antenna.

This combination of capabilities simplifies common use cases like using a smartphone to configure and create an LTE connection in a product. It also enables new use cases combining multiple long range meshed Bluetooth sensors connected to the Cloud over the evolving global low power LTE network.

Bridging Bluetooth sensors to a single intelligent LTE device allows customers to optimise sensor coverage and manage cellular data with a simple, low cost architecture, not to mention decrease time-to-market and deliver real time insights.

"The Pinnacle 100 builds on decades of Laird's wireless expertise, making it easier than ever to bridge wireless sensor data to cloud services like AWS IoT over a low power LTE connection. The Pinnacle 100 cellular modem is an ideal product for customers looking for a fully integrated solution," said Jonathan Kaye, Laird Connectivity's Senior Director of Product Management.

"Because the modem will be end-device qualified from a carrier perspective, as well as supporting complete co-location radio certification, there is no need to worry about the time and cost involved in the certification process."

The Pinnacle 100 will be the only embedded multi-wireless solution on the market to have a pre-integrated, low cost embedded antenna option. Yet, Laird still offers the flexibility for external antennas, including Laird's Revie Flex LTE & NB-IoT and FlexPIFA antennas.

The ReviFlex is a highly-efficient PCB antenna that is a great option for companies that need an embedded antenna with a combination of flexibility, an omnidirectional pattern and multiple frequency bands. It integrates seamlessly with your design and provides efficiency in the broadest variety of wireless IoT environments.

Multiple low cost development kits will be available to simplify application development and provide everything required for initial evaluation right out of the box including a standalone Bluetooth 5 environmental sensor, a SIM card with free data, a companion smartphone app for provisioning, and a complete end-to-end demo to see your Bluetooth sensor data in the cloud in minutes.

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