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Low Power LTE for IoT: The Webinar from CEVA

Low Power LTE for IoT: The Webinar from CEVA
by Eric Esteve on 12-13-2015 at 12:00 am

Talking about “connected devices”, we specify any system from high-end smartphones to the simplest low-cost tag, as far as this system will be wirelessly connected. IoT are by definition connected systems, and represent a significant portion of connected devices. By 2020, ABI Research predicts that there will be more than 45 billion connected devices worldwide. More than half of these devices will incorporate multiple standards in the same device, such as Wi-Fi, 802.15.4g, GNSS and cellular, including the upcoming ultra- low data rate LTE MTC Cat-M.

Some application, such as wearable, will only require a battery life of a few days, but others such as asset trackers will demand a battery life of 5-10 years. For system designers, addressing wearable related challenges will be completely different than designing an asset tracker. As of today, some wearable devices are considered as fashionable gadget, the end user accepting to pay sometimes more than for a mainstream smartphone even if the battery life is only a day or so. The designer is free to define a complex architecture, supporting multiple wireless communication standards in the same device, as soon as the end product is feature-rich enough to attract the buyer. Final cost or power consumption are important parameters, but if the system is attractive enough to justify a buying act, neither high cost nor poor battery life will prevent to develop the system.

At the other side of the scope, if you define asset tracker system specification, you may end up to count every cent as you need to meet very stringent cost requirement and the battery life is expected to last several year instead of days. It’s clear that one wireless communication standard can’t fit the demand coming from so different applications. But how selecting the right wireless standard in respect with your system needs?

This webinar from CEVA’s experts will precisely address this question. Starting by an overview and market trends in connectivity for IoT and Machine to Machine (M2M), the webinar will introduce to the latest Low Data Rate LTE standards, including LTE Cat-1 and LTE Cat-0. There is a momentum behind LTE Cat-1 and LTE Cat-0 for IoT applications that don’t need the higher bandwidth rates delivered by the version of LTE (known as Cat-4) used by today’s smartphones. CAT-1 is a 3GPP-defined LTE specification that has a maximum downlink speed of 10Mbps, upload rate of 5Mbps, and is more cost- and power-efficient than Cat-4. CAT-0 will allow for even lower bandwidth (with a maximum throughput of 1Mbps) and more power-efficient LTE connectivity in the future.

CEVA’s expert will emphasize the importance of the processor architecture to efficiently enable multimode connectivity solutions. Finally, they will describe how implementing actual solutions for various IoT and M2M use cases using the latest communication DSP.

Who should attend? If you are a curious engineer or marketer, you certainly could attend. But you definitely should attend if you are communication and systems engineers targeting multimode applications requiring emerging cellular protocols such as LTE MTC Cat-1, Cat-0 or Cat-M, the Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) standards such as Lora, SigFox and Ingenu, or any other IoT-related communication standards, including Wi-Fi 802.11n, PLC, 802.15.4g, ZigBee/Thread, GNSS, NB-IoT and Wi-Fi 802.11ah.


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