Friday, May 25, 2018

Gemalto and Qualcomm to integrate eSIM into Snapdragon Mobile PCs

Gemalto is working with Qualcomm to integrate eSIM technology and remote subscription management solutions with Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile PC platform.

The companies said this paves the way for iSIM commercialization on a growing range of Always Connected PCs, laptops and tablets.

Mobile operators will benefit by having a larger addressable base of connected devices and a trusted platform for secure services.

The first wave of Always Connected PCs to incorporate Snapdragon mobile PC platforms featuring Gemalto’s technology are expected as early as 2019.

“This new agreement with Qualcomm Technologies aims at accelerating adoption of seamless cellular connectivity in PCs, tablets and other mobile products,” said Frédéric Vasnier, executive vice president for Mobile and IoT at Gemalto. “We are committed to continued innovation with Qualcomm Technologies in order to provide superior built-in security and connectivity experiences.”

GSMA: NB-IoT and LTE-M in the 5G context

According to the GSMA, 24 mobile operators to date have commercially launched 48 Mobile IoT networks worldwide across both NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies and by 2025 there will be 3.1 billion cellular IoT connections, including 1.8 billion licensed LPWA connections.

In June, 3GPP is expected to complete Release 15, which will include NB-IoT and LTE-M as 5G Mobile standards.

3GPP will also not include any additional LPWA requirements in its next release, meaning that NB-IoT and LTE-M will coexist with other 3GPP technologies and fulfill long-term 5G LPWA requirements.

“While people often associate 5G with super-fast mobile broadband speeds, it will also serve a variety of use cases often with diametrically opposed requirements such as low data rates and long battery life as with the case of Mobile IoT,” commented Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “Licensed NB-IoT and LTE-M networks are already delivering trusted connectivity today to millions of devices around the world, and these networks will continue to be a fundamental component of our 5G future ushering in an era of massive IoT.”

These trends are discussed in a newly published report from GSAM called "NB-IoT and LTE-M in the 5G context."

Source Photonics wins Juniper's Supplier of the Year award

Source Photonics was awarded the top honor of being a Juniper Networks Supplier of the Year along with being awarded Component Supplier of the Year. Source Photonics is the first optical component vendor to receive Juniper’s Supplier of the Year award.

“Source Photonics is proud to partner with Juniper to serve our markets with leading-edge technology,” commented Doug Wright, CEO of Source Photonics. “On behalf of the entire Source Photonics team, we would like to thank Juniper for recognizing the value of our partnership and the technology and investments we have made in support of our most recent generation of network upgrades. We will continue to invest in leading products and our support of partners like Juniper to deliver the next generation of disruptive network upgrades enabling a wide range of new applications in 5G, AI, IoT and many others.”

Source Photonics also noted that it was the most nominated supplier with nominations in four (4) out of the (7) categories being awarded by Juniper.
Source Photonics was nominated for the following categories and won two (2) awards:

  • Component Supplier of the Year (Winner) 
  • Quality Supplier of the Year
  • Technology and Innovation Award
  • Supplier of the Year (Winner)

Toshiba's microcontrollers certified for Mbed OS

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation has achieved Mbed OS for its microcontrollers. Two evaluation boards that integrate these microcontrollers have been released on the Arm Mbed site.

Mbed is a free, easy-to-use development environment. The online compiler provided by Arm can be used with evaluation boards supporting Mbed OS.

Key features:

  • Support for numerous applications with Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M4 based microcontrollers
  • TX00 general-purpose microcontrollers with USB support function and TX04 microcontrollers with security function extend product choices.
  • Support for a wide range of applications via Arduino-compatible connector
  • Applications can be developed quickly by connecting to a commercially available ArduinoShield board.
  • Support for IoT applications via Mbed
  • Using Mbed Cloud allows secure connection with web services.

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