Laird Connectivity has announced a new multi-wireless modem that combines the benefits of low-power cellular LTE connectivity and Bluetooth 5 technology into one fully-integrated solution. This unique combination enables new use cases using low-cost, long-range Bluetooth sensors all connected to the next generation LTE network in a much simpler and lower cost solution architecture.
The Pinnacle 100 seamlessly incorporates a powerful Cortex M4F controller running a hostless Zephyr RTOS-based software implementation, complete Bluetooth 5 functionality, and LTE CAT- M1/NB-IoT capabilities – all fully certified from a radio regulatory, cellular and network carrier perspective. This intelligent modem additionally provides complete antenna flexibility, including pre-integrated embedded and external options such as Laird’s Revie Flex LTE and NB-IoT antenna.
This unique combination of capabilities simplifies common use cases like using a smartphone to configure and create an LTE connection in a product. It also enables new use cases combining multiple long-range meshed Bluetooth sensors connected to the Cloud over the evolving global low-power LTE network. Bridging Bluetooth sensors to a single intelligent LTE device allows customers to optimize sensor coverage and manage cellular data with a simple, low-cost architecture, not to mention decrease time-to-market and deliver real-time insights.
“The Pinnacle 100 builds on decades of Laird’s wireless expertise, making it easier than ever to bridge wireless sensor data to cloud services like AWS IoT over a low-power LTE connection. The Pinnacle 100 cellular modem is an ideal product for customers looking for a fully-integrated solution,” said Jonathan Kaye, Laird Connectivity’s Senior Director of Product Management. “Because the modem will be end-device qualified from a carrier perspective, as well as supporting complete co-location radio certification, there is no need to worry about the time and cost involved in the certification process.”
The Pinnacle 100 will be the only embedded multi-wireless solution on the market to have a pre-integrated, low-cost embedded antenna option. Yet, Laird still offers the flexibility for external antennas, including Laird’s Revie Flex LTE & NB-IoT and FlexPIFA antennas. The ReviFlex is a highly-efficient PCB antenna that is a great option for companies that need an embedded antenna with a combination of flexibility, an omnidirectional pattern and multiple frequency bands. It integrates seamlessly with your design and provides world-class efficiency in the broadest variety of wireless IoT environments.
Multiple low-cost development kits will be available to simplify application development and provide everything required for initial evaluation right out of the box including a standalone Bluetooth 5 environmental sensor, a SIM card with free data, a companion smartphone app for provisioning, and a complete end-to-end demo to see your Bluetooth sensor data in the cloud in minutes.