SIMCom Innovates Smallest eSIM-Enabled Modulewith Infineon and Kigen
The security controller is housed in the smallest SMD package available, which is much smaller than the current industry standard.
FREMONT, CA: SIMCom, a leading designer and manufacturer of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless modules and solutions, has recently announced that the SIMCom NB-IoT SIM7070 module, which measures only 24 mm x 24 mm, can now be equipped with an Infineon compact eSIM security controller and Kigen (UK) Ltd’s GSMA-compliant remote SIM management software. The security controller is housed in the smallest SMD package available, which is much smaller than the current industry standard.
“IoT equipment is getting smaller but has more functions, which presents a big challenge to the module supplier. Thanks to the cooperative effort with Infineon and Kigen, SIMCom’s NB-IoT module SIM7070 family now supports the option of embedding a miniaturized eSIM and facilitate integration, and logistics while reducing costs of manufacturing secure by design goods at scale,” says Yang Tao, Chairman of SIMCom.
The eSIM and Remote SIM Provisioning (RSP) technologies are big leaps forward, removing a major impediment in widespread IoT device deployment. The benefits of eSIM are being discovered by an expanding ecosystem for a broader range of applications. eSIM facilitates remote SIM provisioning of any cellular connected device, rather than utilizing a physical SIM to transfer the data required to connect to the network. This specification is used in various applications in consumer electronics, home IoT, industrial (IIoT) applications, including smart metering and logistics sectors (asset tracking).
SIMCom’s SIM7070 series is an NB-IoT module that supports Cat-M/Cat-NB/GPRS/EDGE wireless connection modes. It has an LCC form factor and a small footprint of 24 mm × 24 mm, making it excellent for small product design. Meanwhile, it has many interfaces, including as UART, GPIO, PCM, SPI, and I2C. The SIM7070 series has been employed in metering trackers and other situations that require low latency, low-throughput data transfer in a wide range of radio propagation conditions. As a result, NB-IoT will become a key component of IMT-2020 or 5G, answering the growing demand for low-speed, low-bandwidth connections in households, utilities, and businesses.
Infineon’s security controller hardware expertise, in addition to supplying its OPTIGA Connect IoT eSIM turnkey solution, supports a variety of IoT solutions from its partners. The SLM17 32-bit eSIM security controller, which is contained in a SIMcom SIM7070 module in a tiny SMD package of 2mmx2mm, is tailored for the demands of cellular IoT applications with a temperature range of -40 to 105°C. SLM17 supports a lifetime of 10 years, preserves data for more than ten years, and has extremely low failure rates because of highly robust NVM technology and tolerance to harsh environmental conditions such as vibrations and humidity.
“The deployment of 5G and the move towards the cloud and virtualization are reshaping operations and practices in the industry. We support this transformation through collaborations like this, eliminating the SIM integration effort for SIMCom customers and MNOs. At the same time, we are meeting pressing industry demands for scalability, easy deployment and widescale coverage,” says Juergen Rebel, Senior Vice President, and General Manager Embedded Security, Infineon.
Kigen will deliver SIM7070 eSIM modules with its GSMA-compliant eSIM OS and M2M Remote SIM Provisioning services, allowing for over-the-air swapping of SIM profiles from multiple mobile carriers or IoT connection providers, allowing for ongoing local connectivity. Kigen’s premier remote SIM provisioning solution has received SAS-SM certification for SM-DP and SM-SR functionality. Furthermore, Kigen is featured among CIOReview magazine’s “10 Most Promising Technology Solution Companies for Telecom Industry – 2021.”
MNOs and device manufacturers can use Kigen’seSIM services to streamline their logistics as they increase their secure device rollouts. With a single authorized eSIM-enabled product, device makers who choose cellular connectivity can distribute their gadgets to clients worldwide. A unified RSP management scheme makes it simple to onboard and manages devices and consumers. Product upgrades and new services can be delivered remotely, enabling service differentiation and innovation. Thanks to this connection, device makers may keep their network of choice and flexibility with Kigen’s bundled eSIM enabling services.
“One barrier to scaling IoT is the complexity device makers face in accessing readily available hardware, and especially so with low-power cellular IoT. Thus, the collaboration with SIMCom and Infineon brings together all elements in a way that allows even the smallest devices to get connected with ease and at scale. With Kigen’s GSMA-certified eSIM OS and remote SIM provisioning services, device makers can manufacture a single product to win new customers in new geographies and work with their preferred connectivity networks.” says Vincent Korstanje, CEO, Kigen.
MNOs and IoT service providers will be able to activate millions of devices fast and securely in the 5G era, which will be a new challenge for businesses. MNOs can provide unique M2M and IoT services by relying on proven M2M RSP solutions rather than introducing human-intensive operations. RSP-enabled products broaden their customer base and let them profit from enormous IoT and 5G growth.
With a single authorized eSIM-enabled product, device makers who choose cellular connectivity can distribute their gadgets to clients worldwide. The need to stock and handle variants of SIM form factors is eliminated, lowering costs. RSP allows businesses to digitally manage a secure array of devices spread across multiple geographic zones. A unified RSP management scheme makes it simple to onboard and manages devices and consumers. Product upgrades and new services can be delivered remotely, enabling service differentiation and innovation.Together with Kigen and Infineon, SIMCom SIM7070 eSIM solution will have a potential market and help achieve the dream of a connected world.
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