AT&T Introduces Family of LTE Modules For IOT Devices
AT&T is introducing a new family of LTE modules to meet the needs of a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The new modules offer multiple options and can run over the AT&T 4G LTE network, so IoT devices can transfer information more efficiently. An LTE-only option offers low current to improve device battery life, which is important for some IoT applications. Other module variants include built-in GPS, voice and data. Modules are available that support both 4G and 3G networks for IoT devices that need the ability to use either technology.
AT&T worked with Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC), a module and device manufacturer, to design the new LTE modules. They use an industry standard surface-mount package specified by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). With this state-of-the-art standard for module design, companies can build IoT devices that can more easily interchange modules for different uses. It can also simplify a transition to next-generation modules.
The M14A2A – LTE Only Category 1 can limit the amount of battery drain on an idle device compared to other LTE modules. Where 3G fallback is needed, WNC offers options such as the M14Q2 – Category 1 and M18Q2 – Category 3. The modules are expected to become available from WNC at prices planned as low as $14.99 each, plus applicable taxes, starting in the second quarter. Samples will be available for testing in the first quarter.
AT&T and WNC will present the new LTE modules at the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, NV on Jan. 5.