Goodix is looking to capture a portion of a trillion dollar IoT market with the debut if its new NB-IoT system-on-chip (SoC) solution. The GR851x series meets the latest 3GPP Rel-14 and Rel-15 standards, and boasts an ARM Cortex-M4F core with OpenCPU dual AP/CP core architecture.
According to Goodix, that technology package will allow developers to build new IoT applications more quickly, and minimize the amount of time needed to bring new devices to market. The SoC is protected with a security subsystem from Goodix, and does not require an external MCU, which should further reduce costs for interested developers.
The SoC itself has potential applications in a number of different sectors. Goodix highlighted its utility in smart city, industrial, and consumer electronics devices, which covers everything from smart meters and street lamps to cell phones and livestock management. The company believes that there will be more than 1.2 billion NB-IoT devices in circulation by 2025, creating an excellent market opportunity for a company that can fulfill that technology demand.
Goodix also claimed that its communication processing subsystem would ensure strong performance and data transmission in areas with a weak network connection. The SoC has already been certified for use with China Mobile, China Telecom, and Deutsche Telekom, and is compatible with the OSCCA and Deutsche Telecom nuSIM security solutions. However, Goodix plans to announce more certifications in the months ahead.
“NB-IoT is one of the core technologies in the massive IoT industry in the 5G era,” said Goodix President Sandy Hu. “The breakthrough illustrates our determination and capabilities to extend our target market from consumer electronics to broader markets including Internet of Things.”
The Goodix GR851x series will enter mass production in the fourth quarter of 2021, and reflects the company’s ongoing efforts to expand its portfolio in in the past few years. The company is still best known for its in-display fingerprint sensor, but it has supplemented that with audio solutions since acquiring NXP’s voice and audio business back in 2019. Goodix would later move into the automotive space through the acquisition of Dream Chip Technologies, and it has developed biometric health monitors for wearable devices.