MediaTek NB-IoT SoC Validated on SoftBank's Network in Japan

MediaTek has completed validation (interoperability tests) of NB-IoT connectivity on the SoftBank cellular network in Japan.

SoftBank is Japan's leading connectivity innovator and their stamp of validation on this NB-IoT technology reflects the effort MediaTek is bringing to this initiative. MediaTek has already played a foundational role in the formulation and implementation of the 3GPP LPWA specification and has demonstrated connectivity technologies for NB-IoT that illustrates the potential of highly integrated system and power efficient connectivity.

Last year, the company unveiled its MT2625 NB-IoT System-on-a-Chip (SoC), built to meet the requirements of light and small IoT devices that require low levels of power consumption. MediaTek's technology enables IoT devices to work on batteries for years - opening up where and how connected devices are used and expanding the Internet of Things. As a result of these tests, its NB-IoT chipset has been validated for use on the SoftBank network, paving the way for low-power connected devices on Japan's leading wireless network.

MediaTek's MT2625 SoC combines an ARM Cortex-M microcontroller (MCU), pseudo-static RAM (PSRAM), flash memory and power management unit (PMU) into a small package to lower the cost of production while also speeding up time-to-market. It supports a full frequency band (from 450MHz to 2.1GHz) of 3GPP R13 (NB1) and R14 (NB2) standards for a wide range of IoT applications including smart home control, logistics tracking and smart meters.