10 Jun 2024
by Christian Axelsson

Blazing a trail for industry IoT pioneers

In a rapidly evolving world of technology the Internet of Things (IoT) is, at this point, nothing new. Many of us now can control our homes, personal vehicles and almost anything else in our personal spheres. Naturally, the formidable potential of managing, supervising and collecting insights makes even more sense in the industrial world. Industrial settings; however, inherently carry with them a multitude of concerns, challenges and demands needing to be addressed before implementing IoT technologies. 

Setting out to accelerate this process, Sigma Connectivity has developed a Reference Design powered by the Qualcomm® QCM6490 Processor – an innovative solution aiming to revolutionize the landscape of IoT development, providing companies with a state-of-the-art platform to accelerate their product development cycles and bring advanced IoT solutions to market faster. 

Meeting the demand of high performance 

Time is money. With technology advancing exponentially, so has the demand for instantaneous feedback. Waiting for things to load is not only frustrating, it’s also ineffective. 

Sigma Connectivity’s innovative QCM6490 Reference Design provides powerful performance at low power thanks to Qualcomm Technologies' cutting-edge processor, which also features a fused AI accelerator, enabling faster data transfer between all cores. This enables handling complex IoT applications with ease and lets the user effectively focus on what is important. 

If waiting for things to load is frustrating, losing connection is even worse. The QCM6490 Reference Design supports the latest wireless standards like 5G/4G/3G, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, providing seamless connectivity and stable communication capabilities in even the most demanding environments. 

Safety first 

With great power comes great responsibility. The most trivial item connected to the internet could (and should) be regarded as a potential security risk. Advanced security is important in all businesses, yet in an industrial scenario with heavy machinery or hazardous goods, a breach could even prove fatal. 

Sigma Connectivity’s QCM6490 Reference Design incorporates highly advanced security features, such as hardware-based encryption and secure boot to help safeguard data as well as devices from potential threats. 

A proven concept 

Together with BARTEC, a leading expert for safety in hazardous areas, Sigma Connectivity utilized the QCM6490 Reference Design to build the world's most compact EX-labeled 5G Smartphone and Smartscanner for Zone 1/Division 1 areas. That means environments where flammable or ignitable gases, vapors or liquids might exist. In plain terms, these devices are specifically designed to operate flawlessly in some of the most extreme environments. 

A foundation to build upon 

Scalability and flexibility are paramount to an ever-evolving business landscape. No two businesses are the same and the organic nature of any enterprise requires technical solutions to allow for adaptation. Understanding this, the QCM6490 Reference Design is designed to accommodate a wide range of IoT applications and AI integration. In other words, it provides scalability and flexibility, thereby allowing companies to tailor their solutions to specific requirements. 

In order to further provide the best possible platform for pioneering industry advancements, Sigma Connectivity offer comprehensive development services and support, enabling companies to expedite their time-to-market. 

Sigma Connectivity’s goal is to enable and accelerate the possibilities for the next generation of industrial IoT-application. With the QCM6490 Reference Design, these possibilities are limited not so much by capacity, but by imagination. 

Qualcomm branded products are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. 


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