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MediaTek and China Mobile working on world’s smallest NB-IoT module

Steve Rogerson
July 6, 2017
 
Taiwanese company MediaTek has unveiled an NB-IoT system-on-chip (SoC) and is collaborating with China Mobile to build the world's smallest NB-IoT module around the chipset.
 
The MT2625 SoC supports a frequency band from 450MHz to 1.2GHz of 3GPP R13 (NB1) and R14 (NB2) standards for a wide range of IoT applications including smart home control, logistics tracking and smart meters.
 
Since existing 2G, 3G and 4G cellular networks do not have the capacity to meet the needs of billions of IoT devices, LPWAN was developed to accommodate the increased connectivity needs across the globe. MediaTek has been helping drive the formulation and implementation of the 3GPP LPWA specification for NB-IoT, which is designed to support large-scale connectivity, reduce equipment complexity and reduce power consumption to prolong battery life for years.
 
"LPWA has the power to truly unleash the potential of the IoT, representing a huge market opportunity," said Jerry Yu, MediaTek corporate vice president. "MediaTek was the first in the industry to support the full frequency band of 3GPP NB-IoT standards, and we are committed to continuing to invest in NB-IoT technology to meet the global market demand. By providing highly integrated, low power and robust connectivity technologies over the years, along with full-featured IoT software and hardware development platforms, MediaTek aims to enable developers and device makers of all sizes to quickly bring to market innovative NB-IoT devices."
 
The MT2625 is MediaTek's first NB-IoT chipset built to meet the requirements of cost-sensitive and small IoT devices. The integrated device combines an ARM Cortex-M microcontroller, pseudo-static RAM, flash memory and power management unit in a small package to lower the cost of production while speeding time to market. The chip leverages advanced power consumption technology to enable IoT devices to work with chargeable batteries for years.
 
Committed to taking advantage of the growth opportunity in China, MediaTek and China Mobile have collaborated to build the industry's smallest NB-IoT module based on the SoC. The 16 x 18mm module integrates with China Mobile's eSIM card and supports Onenet, China Mobile's IoT open platform, which makes it easy for device makers to develop and bring to market NB-IoT devices.