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NXP Launches eSIM-enabled Devices for 5G and IoT

By Ken Briodagh February 28, 2018

NXP Semiconductors has announced its newest breakthroughs in GSMA-compliant eSIM solutions that the company says eases the way for device manufacturers to bring consumers remote SIM provisioning and over-the-air updates with multiple Mobile Network Operator (MNO) subscriptions. The new products are being displayed at Mobile World Congress (MWC).

The new NXP SN100U is a single-die chipset featuring an embedded Secure Element (SE), Near Field Communications (NFC), and eSIM for added functionality, cellular connectivity, and security. The company also introduced the SU070 standalone eSIM solution, which is designed to be ideal for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other IoT devices that require cellular connectivity with low power consumption. Both new eSIM solutions feature high grade end-to-end security from hardware-to-software, in order to offer safe, tamper-resistant data protection for consumers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), MNOs and service providers.

“The increase in 5G cellular devices and the ongoing trend towards consumer-facing IoT enable new connection opportunities across new devices and services. Adding eSIM capabilities to these devices means they become smarter and more standalone, requiring an increase in security, performance, and reliability,” said Rafael Sotomayor, SVP and GM, secure transactions and identifications, NXP. “As a leading provider of secure IoT solutions, we’re unique in our ability to combine best-in-class security, NFC and connectivity all in a single die that allows for easy remote provisioning.”

The SN100U chipset with SE, NFC, and eSIM is designed to make it easier and more cost-effective for OEMs to integrate demanding applications such as mobile transit, smart access control, contactless payments and increased platform security in future devices.

Compared to existing solutions, both the SN100U and SU070 chipsets occupy up to 30 percent less surface on printed circuit boards, remove the need for a SIM port/door required by traditional SIM cards, and both enable low power consumption. In particular, the SU070 offers a low-power feature mode that can reduce power consumption by up to 75 percent compared to other existing eSIM solutions.

The company’s new eSIM solutions will be highlighted during a Mobile World Conference (MWC 2018) event, “Remote SIM Provisioning for Connected Devices,” being hosted by NXP and roam2free. The NXP SU070 and NXP SN100U are sampling now with select customers.

Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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