Top 10 IoT Products in 2020

The number of devices connected to the internet of things (IoT) is growing exponentially each year. This level of growth is expected to increase in the coming years as more companies start to deploy IoT based solutions. everything RF has compiled a list of the Top 10 IoT products that were most popular on the website in 2020.

Low Power Module with Integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT Modem and GPS

The nRF9160 from Nordic Semiconductor is a low power System-in-Package with integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GPS. The module has 1 MB of Flash plus 256 kB of RAM on-board memory with a broad range peripheral set, analog and digital interfaces, 32 GPIOs, a stand-alone modem with full LTE capability, plus a multiband RF front-end. It incorporates Arm’s latest Arm Cortex M-33 CPU core, Arm TrustZone and Arm CryptoCell security for Internet-level encryption and application protection. Click here for more details.

Secure Cloud LTE M, NB-IoT, and EGPRS Module for IoT Applications

The SARA-R422M8S from u-blox is a Secure Cloud LTE M, NB-IoT, and EGPRS Module with the u-blox M8 GNSS receiver and separate GNSS antenna interface, which provides highly reliable, accurate positioning data simultaneously with LTE communication. It delivers up to 23 dBm LTE output power and has an uplink data rate of 1200 kbit/s and a downlink data rate of up to 300 kbit/s. In addition, the module offers unique hybrid positioning, in which the GNSS position is enhanced with u-blox CellLocate data, providing location always and everywhere. Click here for more details.

Multi-Mode LPWA Module for LTE-M, NB-IoT, 2G and GNSS Applications

The AirPrime® HL7802 from Sierra Wireless is a Multi-Mode LPWA Module that supports global LTE-M, NB-IoT, 2G, and GNSS networks. The HL7802 module for Cat-M1/NB1 worldwide networks is fully compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 standard and is Release 14 ready to support NB2 features in the future, providing a new low-cost, best-in-class power technology for low-bandwidth IoT applications with an extended reach beyond traditional cellular. It delivers up to 300 Kbps of download speeds and 375 Kbps of upload speeds. The module is available in the CF3® form factor (15 x 18 x 2.4 mm) and can scale to 3G or 4G networks in the future as the application evolves. Click here for more details.

Zigbee, Thread & BLE 5.0 Multi-Stack, Multi-Channel Controller/Transceiver

The QPG7015M from Qorvo is a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Multi-Protocol Multi-Channel Communication Controller for set-top boxes, gateways, Zigbee nodes, and other Smart Home devices. This Transceiver is compliant with the IEEE Standard 802.15.4 for Zigbee and Thread, and the Bluetooth Core Specification v 5.0 for Bluetooth Low Energy, providing robust spread spectrum data communication with a highly secure encrypted and authenticated data flow. For IEEE 802.15.4 communications, antenna diversity offers additional robustness in the crowded wireless 2.4 GHz environment. Click here for more details.

5 GHz 1024 QAM WLAN Front-End Module

The SKY85772-11 from Skyworks is a 5 GHz front-end module (FEM) which incorporates a 5 GHz transmit/receive switch, a 5 GHz low-noise amplifier with bypass, and a 5 GHz power amplifier. It has an integrated power detector to provide closed-loop power control within the system. This 1024 QAM WLAN Front-End Module provides a transmit gain of 32 dB and a receive gain of 15 dB. The module’s logarithmic power detector allows for a wide dynamic power range and its harmonics are FCC compliant, reducing filtering requirements. Click here for more details.

LTE Cat M1/Cat NB2 Module with Integrated GNSS Functionality

The BG77 from Quectel is an LTE Cat M1/Cat NB2 Module with integrated GNSS functionality. It is fully compliant with 3GPP Rel. 14 specification and provides a downlink data rate of up to 588Kbps and an uplink data rate of up to 1119Kbps. This module features ultra-low power consumption by leveraging the integrated RAM/flash as well as the ARM Cortex A7 processor supporting ThreadX, achieving up to 70% reduction in leakage and 85% reduction in current consumption compared to its predecessor. Click here for more details.

Integrated Cat-M1 & NB1 IoT Chipset

The ALT1250 from Altair Semiconductor is a narrowband cellular IoT chipset with integrated GNSS/GPS capability. The module supports both Release 13 standards - CAT-M1 and NB1, and includes a wideband RF front-end supporting a wide range of combinations of LTE bands within a single hardware design. It integrates an LTE baseband processor, RF transceiver, PMU, memory, PAs, filters and antenna switch, a GNSS and a cellular based location engine, as well as an IoT-optimized security framework. Click here for more details.

Bluetooth 5.1 SoC for IoT Applications

The DA14531, also known as SmartBond TINY™, from Dialog Semiconductor is an ultra-low power Bluetooth 5.1 SoC that supports up to three BLE connections. It integrates a 2.4 GHz transceiver and an ARM® Cortex-M0+ microcontroller with 48 kB of RAM and a One-Time Programmable (OTP) memory of 32 kB. The 2.4 GHz CMOS transceiver provides a programmable transmit output power from -19.5 dBm to +2.5 dBm with a receiver sensitivity of -94 dBm. Click here for more details.

Bluetooth 5.2 Module with Integrated Antenna

The EYSPBNZUA from Taiyo Yuden is a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Module that operates from 2402 to 2480 MHz. This Bluetooth v5.2 supports 2M / 1M / 500k / 125kbps / AoA / AoD. It has an ARM® Cortex M4F 32-bit processor with 512KB of flash memory and 128KB of RAM. It supports various interface options including USB, SPI, UART, etc. The module requires a power supply from 1.7 to 5.5 V and typically transmits power of up to +8 dBm. It is available as a surface mount package that measures 10.0 x 15.4 x 2.0 mm and has an integrated high-performance pattern antenna. Click here for more details.

915 MHz Radio Module with 10 km Line of Sight Range

The Themisto from Wurth Elektronik is a 915 MHz Radio Module for IoT and M2M applications. The module provides a data rate of up to 400 Kbps and a line-of-sight range of up to 10.5 km. It delivers 25 dBm of output power and has a receiver sensitivity of -111 dBm. The Themisto is based on the TI - CC1310 SoC and can be implemented in the shortest possible time using the WE-ProWare firmware, and the SDK package. This radio module is FCC (US) and IC (Canada) certified and is designed specifically for the American market. Click here for more details.

LTE for IoT System-in-Package 

The SKY66430-11 is a multi-band multi-chip System-in-Package (SiP) that supports cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT (half-duplex FDD) platforms. The SiP integrates the entire RF front end, transceiver, power management, memory, and baseband modem for an LTE multi-band radio operating in the 700 to 2200 MHz frequency range. This SiP is compliant to 3GPP Rel-13 LTE Advanced Pro specifications, including VoLTE support and is upgradable to 3GPP Rel-14. The module operates over a single 3.1 V to 4.5 V supply. It is available in a 8.8 x 10.8 x 0.95 mm BGA package and is ideal for wearables, personal trackers, alarm systems and low-power IoT device applications. Click here for more details.

Note: This list has been compiled based on actual analytics data from everything RF. It consists of the products that were most viewed by users on everything RF in a specific category in 2020 (not in any specific order). We have limited the number of products shown for each company to 1, even if there were multiple products from a single company.

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