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Sierra Wireless Announces 5G HL7900 LPWA Module with Unmatched Connectivity and Extended Battery Life for IoT Applications

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Sierra Wireless, a subsidiary to Semtech Corporation, announced today its 5G HL7900 LPWA module for next-generation IoT applications that require ultra-low power, enhanced device longevity, and support for the latest 5G standards. Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony), claims that the module is the first cellular chipet to also enable unlicensed spectrum communication protocols and satellite connectivity.

The new 5G HL7900 LPWA module from Sierra Wireless, in partnership with Sony Semiconductor Israel, is a significant step forward in meeting the increasing demands of the IoT marketplace. Its innovative features, such as ultra-low power consumption and extended battery life, enhance the device longevity and provide customers with greater functionality at a reduced cost. Additionally, its ability to support both licensed and unlicensed spectrum communication protocols and satellite connectivity through Sony’s Altair AL1350 chipset, enable universal connectivity with edge processing, multiple location technologies, and hybrid connectivity with multiple protocols. These features make it an ideal solution for IoT applications across various sectors, including asset tracking, smart energy, healthcare, manufacturing, utilities, and smart cities. With this new module, Sierra Wireless is once again leading the way in providing secure and innovative LPWA solutions to its customers.

“Hyperlink connectivity is possible with Sony’s Altair AL1350 chipset,” stated Dima Feldman (VP of Product Management, Marketing, Sony Semiconductor Israel). Its optimized standby mode, (eDRX), reduces power consumption by up to 80% compared with the current generation. Battery-operated devices also have a 4x longer battery life in typical use cases. It is integrated into Sierra Wireless’ 5G HL7900 module, Mr. Feldman said, “it answers evolving and rapidly expanding requirements of the cellular LPWA IoT marketplace, enabling faster development and additional functionality for customers, and reducing costs.” We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Sierra Wireless in order to deliver the next generation of innovative LPWA solutions.

The HL7900 builds on the success of the existing HL78 series LPWA modules. It features an ALT1350 chipset that provides best-in class battery life and enhanced security. Sub-GHz and 2.4GHz integrated radios allow low-power IoT protocol support. Customers have the option of multiple connectivity options, with increased coverage and lower costs. This module will support the latest 3GPP releases 15, 16, and 17 for LTE/M/NB IoT. This will allow it to adapt to changing network configurations as well as new features.

Tom Mueller, EVP for Semtech’s IoT System Products Group, stated that Sierra Wireless is still leading the pack with its innovative and secure LPWA modules portfolio. The 5G LPWA HL7900 is ultra-low-power and network future-proofing. It also enables next generation use cases with its integrated low power MCU for customer hosted edge apps and the ability enable hybrid connectivity with multiple protocols supported by one SKU. This, in addition to providing high levels of security at the end-to-end, is a great benefit. Its ability allow deployments that use universal connectivity with edge processing, multiple location technologies and multiple location technology is a game changer in IoT.

Sierra Wireless’ HL78Series Module Portfolio – The Next Generation of LPWA

The HL7810 and HL7812 modules of Sierra Wireless’ HL Series are compatible with multi-mode Cat/M1 and Cat/NB2 networks worldwide. These modules are extremely energy-efficient for their class. This makes them suitable for low power and battery powered deployments such as asset tracking, smart energy solutions, smart cities, manufacturing, healthcare and utilities, and other areas that require high coverage. Security is built into the product from the beginning, with encrypted keys stored in a secure component for added protection from the edge up to the cloud.

Michal Pukala
Electronics and Telecommunications engineer with Electro-energetics Master degree graduation. Lightning designer experienced engineer. Currently working in IT industry.