Qualcomm Unwraps Purpose-Built 5G Modem Optimized for IIoT


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. helps lead the IoT ecosystem forward by introducing the company’s first, purpose-built Internet of Things (IoT) modem solution equipped with 5G connectivity and optimized for Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications.

The Qualcomm® 315 5G IoT Modem-RF System is a comprehensive modem-to-antenna solution designed to support the IoT ecosystem in building upgradeable LTE and 5G devices for IoT verticals, accelerate the adoption of 5G connectivity for IoT, and expand the overall opportunity for 5G in the IoT industry.

5G was conceived as a broad connectivity fabric and today the momentum is beginning to exemplify the promised impact and growth of 5G for emerging applications including IoT. Acting as a catalyst for digital transformation, Qualcomm Technologies is at the forefront enabling the ecosystem with the solutions to update existing IoT systems and make 5G for IoT a reality.

The needs of modern IoT include seamlessly transitioning wired factories to wireless with solutions capable of supporting both LTE and 5G connectivity. The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem was designed with industrial and enterprise applications in mind, built with premium gigabit class performance, low-power, and thermal-efficient capabilities to enable a new generation of fast, powerful and high-performing IoT solutions. The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem is intended to meet the needs of industry segments including: retail, energy, automation and manufacturing, precision agricultural, construction, mining, public venues, and more.

With the global expansion of 5G, the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem is a new solution serving the high end of IoT broadband modems, complementing Qualcomm Technologies’ existing portfolio of LTE IoT modems with a path towards 5G proliferation. Additionally, due to its reduced footprint and highly integrated RF front-end, this solution expands the portfolio, purposely designed to provide a pin to pin compatible solution for current LTE legacy modules. This provides legacy modules with ability to upgrade their solutions with no changes needed to existing hardware, minimizing development efforts, costs and providing a seamless transition from LTE to 5G.

Qualcomm Technologies is continuously optimizing and developing industry-leading technologies and modems ranging from the most power efficient NB-IoT solutions to new products like the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem, purpose-built to bring 5G connectivity capabilities to IoT,” said Jeffery Torrance, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are pleased to unveil our new 5G IoT solution which will help stimulate and scale the 5G IoT industry and enable the transitions needed for Industry 4.0. This solution will help create long-lasting devices and promote growth and expansion in the 5G IoT industry, allowing seamless integration for customers utilizing previous generations of connectivity.”

The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem supports global 5G NR sub-6GHz bands and operates in stand-alone (SA) only mode, with the capability to switch to LTE as needed, and can be deployed over private or public 5G networks, leveraging network slicing or in isolation. This solution is optimal for IoT applications that can be seamlessly integrated with existing ethernet and wired technologies. The new modem comes with extended life software and hardware maintenance and support, prolonging IoT devices for the duration of their life span. This new solution will help accelerate the digital transformation of the 5G IIoT industry, proliferating 5G for IoT.

The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem is expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2021.

The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem is a significant step for the IoT ecosystem:

“5G is an important standard for the factory of the future. We are therefore working intensively on integrating 5G into our products. The Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem enables interesting new functions specifically for industrial IoT applications and helps us to open up new applications with 5G,” summarizes Dr. Steffen Haack, executive board member, Bosch Rexroth AG and responsible for development.

“The development of the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem is an exciting step forward in the proliferation of 5G in the IoT. Coupled with Fibocom’s end-to-end IoT modules and wireless communications solutions, the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem will enable reliable, safe and intelligent IoT solutions across a variety of industries and vertical applications,” said Lingpeng Ying, chief executive officer, Fibocom.

“We recently released the first commercially available 5G router for industrial automation – a solution that utilizes Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G solutions. The interest for 5G in industrial applications is steadily growing and we see many advantages with the announcement of the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem, as it will enable a smaller formfactor for industrial devices and open up new use cases,” said Jens Jakobsen, development manager, HMS Labs, HMS Networks’ initiative for new innovation and technology.

“As a global leading supplier of cellular modules and solutions for the IoT, we are thrilled by the announcement of the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem, which will enable us to develop 5G solutions for a variety of IoT applications and mark the important expansion of 5G in the IoT ecosystem,” said Benjamin Du, chief executive officer, MeiG Smart.

“Quectel’s new family of 5G NR modules, the RG500S and RM500S, will utilize the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem to offer superior choice for 5G IoT applications,” said Patrick Qian, chief executive officer, Quectel. “The two module series will cover 5G NR sub-6GHz bands in SA mode and LTE bands word wide, enabling them to deliver high data rate, low end-to-end latency, and reliable connectivity to a vast range of IoT segments including industrial IoT, smart energy, private 5G networks, and many others. The new modules are highly compatible with existing 5G and LTE modules, allowing customers to accelerate their 5G designs with fast time-to-market. We are very proud to work with Qualcomm Technologies as we continue to enable the growth of the Internet of Things.”

“We are excited by the launch of Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem which addresses the specific needs for massive bandwidth, reliability, and performance across industries. This technology has the potential to become a catalyst of digitization, helping unlock unprecedented opportunities and efficiencies in innovative 5G industrial applications,” said Benoit Jacquemin, innovation director industry business, Schneider Electric.

“Siemens and Qualcomm Technologies have a longstanding collaboration focused on technological cooperation in wireless communication technologies. With the release of products such as the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem, Qualcomm Technologies shows its strong commitment to drive the digital transformation of industry and enables us to develop state-of-the-art Industrial 5G products,” said Sander Rotmensen, director industrial wireless communication, Siemens AG, Digital Industries.

“SUNSEA AIoT is committed to using 5G+ AIoT advanced technology to developing all-in-one solutions for the IoT solutions from smart community to intelligent industrial application. Through the introduction of the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT Modem, Qualcomm Technologies is enabling us to develop next-generation solutions, provide end-to-end digital solutions, and help enterprises keep leading of the industry,” said Tao Yang, chief executive officer, SUNSEA AIoT.

“The introduction of the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem represents an important milestone that paves the way for bringing 5G 3GPP Release 16 connectivity to the 5G IoT industry,” said Marco Contento, vice president, 5G technologies, product management, Telit. “This new system will serve a number of commercial and industrial use cases where until now there hasn’t been a 5G connectivity solution available, in particular energy distribution, smart grid technologies, and industrial control and automation. And, because the Qualcomm 315 5G IoT modem also supports applications currently served by LTE networks, it provides customers with a future-proof path for 5G device migration.”