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Telit module packs 3G, wifi, Bluetooth and GNSS

Steve Rogerson
November 3, 2016



Telit has introduced what it claims is the world’s first hybrid IoT modules that combine 3G cellular, wifi, Bluetooth and GNSS into a single package.
 
The HE922-3GR and WE922-3GR smart module series in the xE922 family are also the first to use the Intel Atom x3 SoC processor technology with a self-contained quad-core processing engine and comprehensive IO resources.
 
Combined with the Italian company’s IoT portal and connectivity services, these modules deliver a complete end-to-end product for providers in a broad range of application areas including healthcare, vending, PoS, public parking, smart buildings, smart grid and the industrial IoT.
 
“The xE922-3GR products are game changers,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telit executive vice president. “When you look at how complexity of designing devices with multiple chipsets is impacting cost and time to market, you can appreciate the power of these all-in-one hybrid modules. It would take a good engineering team months to develop an IoT device prototype using disparate chips, whereas an engineer or two can now create a complete end-to-end IoT solution in just couple of weeks.”
 
With a 34 by 40mm LGA footprint, the WE922-3GR and HE922-3GR include 2.4GHz wifi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. The embedded global positioning receiver in the modules is compatible with GPS and GNSS constellations.
 
Both integrate the functionality of an entire processor board inside the 441-pin package based on the 1.2GHz, 64bit, quad-core Intel Atom x3 processor series and include 8Gbyte memory, sensor inputs, battery charger logic, analogue speaker and microphone audio connections, interface for primary and secondary cameras and direct support for high-resolution display with touch screen and/or keyboard.
 
The application development environment is based on Android and Yocto Linux enabling access and reuse of vast libraries of functions and applications across all industries and segments. In addition, the HE922-3GR includes quad-band HSPA+ cellular connectivity delivering 21Mbit/s download data rate with fallback to 2G. The 3GPP Release 7 compliant HE922-3GR module supports 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz 3G HSPA+ bands with 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz 2G. The upload data rate is 5.76Mbit/s.
 
“Across all industries and segments, businesses are always looking for shortcuts in traditional product development to get to market faster,” said Fred Yentz, chief executive officer for Telit’s IoT platforms. “With the combination of Telit’s cloud-ready IoT modules, custom data plans, comprehensive IoT portal, and unmatched IoT know-how, we make it easy to connect, manage and integrate your things with web-based or mobile apps or enterprise systems, providing the fastest path to business transformation, improved operational efficiencies and innovation in the market.”
 
Both modules are available in two environmental grade variants. The commercial grade has an operating temperature of 0 to +70ËšC; the extended grade has an operating temperature of -40 to +85ËšC. The modules can be connected to an SD card and provide connections for a USB 2.0 port with OTG, two uart and SPI ports, and I2C support.
 
A developers’ kit is available for the modules and includes a high-resolution touch screen with embedded cameras and audio, all the necessary antennas and a power supply. A set of application development tools is available online.