IMC: Embedded Design: IoT Modem Reference Design or SoC Modules

The decision between utilizing IoT modem reference design (i.e., chip-on-board (COB) solutions) and IoT system-on-chip (SoC) modules (i.e., smart modules) is critical. This choice requires understanding factors beyond economic considerations. Watch this IMC IoT Days panel with Telit Cinterion and Sony Semiconductor to make the right choice for your IoT deployment. 

The allure of COB solutions’ cost-effectiveness may not always align with reality. While economics play a role, so do a plethora of other factors. Experience and familiarity with seller products often shape the initial trajectory.  

This panel will explore considerations beyond the first hardware investment. The IoT journey from conceptualization to deployment is challenging, especially with regulatory certifications and providing ongoing support. Complying with global standards and network requirements is critical for firmware and software in module-based solutions. 

IoT Modem Reference Design vs. IoT SoC Modules 

The webinar underscores collaboration between chip makers and clients to guide product roadmaps and develop features. Partnering with chip manufacturers offers benefits that include: 

  • Flexibility 
  • Scalability 
  • Working alongside development teams 
  • Customizing the solution to specific requirements 

On the other hand, opting for an IoT SoC module offers advantages that enable rapid prototyping and deployment, including:  

  • Simplified integration 
  • Reduced development time 
  • Cost-efficiency 

This webinar shows that deciding between COB solutions and IoT SoC modules is not only dictated by costs. This decision requires a holistic assessment of factors such as: 

  • Technical complexity 
  • Time to market 
  • Long-term sustainability 

Key Takeaways

Join us to explore the pros and cons of IoT modem reference design and IoT SoC modules. We will discuss real-world scenarios and provide valuable insights to help you make the best choice for your deployment.  

You will learn: 

  • The differences between COB solutions and IoT SoC modules 
  • The advantages and disadvantages of COB solutions and IoT SoC modules 
  • A better understanding of the factors surrounding each choice