Technologies

Narrow-Band IoT R13/14 enabled System on Chip


Abstract/Technology Overview

Overview:

NB-IoT is a 3GPP standardized cellular based low power wide area technology and is potentially part of the '5G' era of connectivity. It is expected to catalyse the explosive growth of IoT devices in the next decade.

NB-IoT System on Chip enables ultra-low power and cost-effective IoT devices for a wealth of applications ranging through the home, civic, industrial or mobile use. It’s highly integrated design incorporates an NB-IoT modem DSP, antenna RF and base-band analogue front-end. Other integral components include an ARM Cortex-M MCU with internal RAM, plus Flash, PSRAM, and a power management unit (PMU). Extensive peripheral I/O extensions include SDIO, UART, I2C, I2S, SPI and PCM. Despite its high functionality, its tiny package size and low pin-count yields cost and size effective designs for many applications, while its highly integrated platform simplifies the product design process for partners.

Potential Applications:

With a real-time operating system (RTOS) base, it’s easily customizable for applications such as home automation, cloud beacons, smart metering and much other static or mobile IoT implementations.

Customer Benefits:

Its wideband front-end module is designed to support all ultra-low/low/mid bands defined by the 3GPP, including up to Quad-band operation, allowing a single design to address worldwide markets, reducing cost and development time.


Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

Industry Standards: 3GPP Release 13 and Release 14

Processor Storage:

  • CPU Type: ARM Cortex-M with FPU
  • CPU Frequency: 104MHz
  • CPU Cores: Single (1)
  • Embedded Memory: 4MB PSRAM
  • Flash: 4MB NOR

Interfaces:

  • IO: I2C, I2S, PCM, SDIO, UART

Platform Features

  • Integrated PMU: Yes
  • Integrated Baseband: Yes
  • Integrated RF: Yes
  • Integrated Modem DSP: Yes


Potential Applications

Its tiny package size and low pin-count yields cost and size effective designs for many applications, while its highly integrated platform simplifies the product design process for partners.

With a real-time operating system (RTOS) base, it’s easily customizable for applications such as home automation, cloud beacons, smart metering and much other static or mobile IoT implementations.


Customer Benefit

Its wideband front-end module is designed to support all ultra-low/low/mid bands defined by the 3GPP Rel-14, including up to Quad-band operation, allowing a single design to address worldwide markets, reducing cost and development time.

A commercial NB-IoT module and an NB-IoT Starter Kit is available for development and implementation.

OVERVIEW
Technology Owner

Scott Shen

Company

MediaTek Singapore Pte Ltd.

Technology Category
  • Embedded Systems
  • Semiconductors
  • Networks & Communications
  • Wireless Technology
Technology Status
  • Licensed but Available
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 9
Keywords

NB-IoT, 3GPP, Release 14, Release 13