Telit debuts LM960 its 1Gbps-class LTE Mini PCIe card to boost data speeds for enterprise networking and video surveillance

Telit, an Internet of Things (IoT) enabler, announced Thursday the LM960, its full-size PCI Express Mini Card (mPCIe) for enterprise routers and appliances. The global, 23-band product, supporting LTE Advanced Category 18 (Cat 18) with download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps and 5-band fallback to 3G, will be available in select markets in third quarter of this year, according to ongoing mobile network deployments of Cat 18 service.

The new LM960 is a sibling product of the Cat 11 LM940 and the 2 products are fully interchangeable. This provides OEMs the opportunity to create new products based on designs already using the LM940, or to create product families in different grades of performance based either on the LM960 for high end, or the LM940 for mid-market.

With this product in the mPCIe form factor to support Cat 18, the rugged LM960 delivers significant flexibility and a competitive edge to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) looking to deploy next generation products delivering carrier broadband-like user experience.  

As the LTE standard evolves and matures, router and gateway OEMs can leverage the technology for high download bandwidth and near instant network response times, as well as for solid upload speeds and reliability as applications like high definition video streaming, digital signage, all-cellular commercial and enterprise internet and software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) access become increasingly more sophisticated.  

The LM960 features LTE Category 18 which includes five times carrier aggregation for increased data rates; up to 1200 Mbps DL w/5x Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM; and up to 150 Mbps UL w/ 64QAM and UL Carrier Aggregatio. Its LTE FDD bands include B1, B25(B2), B3, B66(B4), B26(B5), B7, B8, B12(17), B13, B14, B20, B28, B29(DL), B30, B32(DL), B71; its LTE TDD bands include B38, B39, B40, B41, B42, B46(DL), B48; and its 3G bands include B1, B2, B4, B5, B8.

The offering also features USB 3.0; quad-constellation integrated GNSS; mPCIe form factor (50.95 x 30 x 2.8 mm); temperature range of -40 to 85° C; delivers Linux and Windows driver support with dual SIM single standby.

“By bringing 5G-like performance to the market with the LM960, we are making it easier not only for customers looking to innovate in 1Gbps applications enabled by the new LM960 but also for customers across all industries and application areas,” said Manish Watwani, vice president global product marketing, Telit. “Telit continues to boast the broadest and most respected and globally supported portfolio of IoT modules, data cards, data plans, platforms and professional services for enterprise IoT adopters making vendor selection easy in an already crowded industry.”

“We are pleased to work with Telit to deliver the power and flexibility OEMs need to address a broad range of commercial and industrial applications in an increasingly connected world,” said Gautam Sheoran, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies. “The Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 modem will power a variety of products to function in a diverse set of operator deployments worldwide, while maximizing their global reach and scalability.”

“Band 14 support will not only facilitate use by first responder agencies in conjunction with the public safety network but will also benefit customers more broadly when the spectrum is not in use by first responders,” said Sam Lucero, senior principal analyst, IoT, for IHS Markit, a global business information provider.

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