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MediaTek and Softbank plan NB-IoT trials in Japan

Steve Rogerson
October 5, 2017
 
MediaTek and SoftBank are planning interoperability tests with to drive NB-IoT development in Japan. Taiwan-based MediaTek will carry out the tests early next year to pave the way for development of NB-IoT commercial applications in Japan.
 
"MediaTek is proud to be at the forefront of NB-IoT technology innovation, which has the potential to deliver new ways to connect that are both cost effective and power efficient" said Yoshitaka Sakurai, general manager for MediaTek in Japan. "This initiative with SoftBank, along with the unveiling of our MT2625 NB-IoT SoC and our collaboration with leading telecommunications companies around the world, demonstrates MediaTek's commitment to an exciting new era that's set to fuel the massive growth of the internet of things."
 
MediaTek has played a pivotal role in the formulation and implementation of the 3GPP LPWA specification for NB-IoT. The company recently unveiled its integrated and low-power MT2625 NB-IoT SoC and announced its collaboration with China Mobile to build the world's smallest NB-IoT module at 16 by 18mm around the chipset.
 
The MT2625 chipset is built to meet the requirements of cost-sensitive and small IoT devices and leverages MediaTek's power consumption technology to enable IoT devices to work with batteries for years. The SoC combines an Arm Cortex-M microcontroller, pseudo-static RAM (PSRAM), flash memory and power management unit. It supports a full frequency band from 450MHz to 2.1GHz of 3GPP R13 (NB1) and R14 (NB2) standards for a wide range of IoT applications including smart home control, logistics tracking and smart meters.
 
MediaTek is a fabless semiconductor company that enables 1.5 billion connected devices a year.