Telit, the IoT solutions provider, has announced the xE310 family of miniature IoT modules at Internet of Things Solution World Congress held in Barcelona. With initial models planned in LTE-M, NB-IoT and European 2G, the new form factor will enable Telit to meet growing demand for “ultra-small, high-performance” modules for wearable medical devices, fitness trackers, industrial sensors, smart metering, and other mass-production, massive deployment applications. Shipping is expected to start later this year.

According to Telit, the xE310 family is one of the smallest LGA form factors available in the market with a flexible perimeter footprint supporting various sizes from compact to smaller than 200 mm2. The xE310’s 94 pads include spares to provide Telit the flexibility to quickly deliver support for additional features as technologies, applications and markets evolve. Spares can be used for modules supporting Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or enhanced location technologies – in addition to cellular – while maintaining compatibility with cellular only models. They can also be used for additional connections that may be required for new 5G-enabled features.

The company says that the new form factor also gives OEMs greater flexibility, efficiency and yield during design and manufacturing. Ultimately, the idea behind the xE310 family is to provide easy PCB routing while minimizing manufacturing process issues such as planarity and bending. The unique circular pad is designed to facilitate correct package orientation for automated assembly.

“The new xE310 is among the smallest form factors available today despite being packed with technologies and capabilities that developers and designers say they need to enable tomorrow’s IoT applications,” said Yossi Moscovitz, Telit president of products and solutions. “With this new form factor, xE310 modules can comfortably take IoT integration across all industries seamlessly from current standards, way into 5G many years from now; much the same way the standard setting xE910 has done over the past 10 years.”