Multi-Wireless Modem Combines LTE & Bluetooth 5

Laird Connectivity’s Pinnacle 100 multi-wireless modem combines low-power cellular LTE connectivity and Bluetooth 5 technology into one integrated package. The modem incorporates a Cortex M4F controller running a host-less 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. It also provides antenna flexibility including pre-integrated embedded and external options such as Laird's Revie Flex LTE and NB-IoT antenna.

The 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 users to optimize sensor coverage and manage cellular data with a low-cost architecture.

Allegedly, Pinnacle 100 will be the only embedded multi-wireless solution on the market to have a pre-integrated, low-cost embedded antenna option. However, Laird still offers the option for external antennas, including its Revie Flex LTE & NB-IoT and FlexPIFA antennas. The ReviFlex is a PCB antenna is for companies that need an embedded antenna with a combination of flexibility, an omnidirectional pattern and multiple frequency bands.

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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. For more info, visit the Pinnacle 100 product page.

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