Telit Introduces IoT LTE CAT-1 Module Compliant with SoftBank 4G Network

Telit has introduced a new LTE Category 1 module for use under Japan's SoftBank Corp 4G network. The new LE866A1-JS module with its ultra-compact LGA footprint is ideal for IoT applications with space constraints such as wearable trackers, health monitoring devices, smart watches and fitness bands.

LTE Cat 1 is the first globally-deployed cellular standard specially conceived to meet technical and business requirements of the IoT. Its application provides significant reductions in operating costs, size and power consumption compared to traditional LTE. With the LE866A1-JS, Japanese system integrators can not only enjoy significantly increased battery life for wearable electronics, but also reduced design cost and complexity for other thriving segments like fleet management, asset tracking, security and surveillance, point of sale and smart metering.

These benefits make the Cat 1 LE866A1-JS an ideal platform to accelerate the expansion of LTE-based IoT technology into more application types where small size and low power are more relevant than high speed. The module also delivers the high-value benefit of being the longest possible cellular technology life-span available, which is LTE.

The LE866A1-JS is a single-mode, dual-band product approved for use under SoftBank 4G networks. It is ideal for new and upgrade designs. The Telit IoT Portal-ready product is member of the xE866-nested family, featuring pin-to-pin compatibility with 2G and 3G modules. It not only enables fast time-to-market for domestic products for Japan where LTE has already become the predominant cellular technology, but also for exports to other markets where GPRS and UMTS are still widely used. This module enables developers to employ a single PCB layout for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies that can be deployed globally.