NB-IoT (LTE Cat NB1) Transceiver

Connectivity IP

Palma Ceia SemiDesign’s NB-IoT (LTE Cat NB1) Transceiver is built to comply with the Release 13 standard from 3GPP. It can also operate in a Release-14-compliant mode.

Both the transmitter and the receiver offer performances that meets or exceeds the 3GPP specifications with comfortable margin.



  • Supported bandwidth = 200 kHz
  • NF < 3 dB
  • IIP3 > -17 dBm
  • Max Input signal = -10 dBm
  • Gain range >100 dB
  • TX Current consumption: 22 mA


  • Power range = 70 dB
  • Gain step =~ 0.5 dB
  • OP1dB = +10 dBm
  • Return loss < -8 dB
  • Minimal latency of 1 μs in the receiver
  • Max output transmit power of +10 dBm
  • RX Current consumption: 18.3 mA

The NB-IoT (LTE Cat NB1) Transceiver operates in the cellular band consistent with LTE Advanced Release 13. It offers analog input and output for ease of testing on FPGA and with silicon baseband modules. It is extremely programmable with an easy SPI interface.

The receiver has internal calibration schemes for DC offset correction and provides the necessary control knobs for IQ mismatch correction


Operating Frequency699 MHz to 960 MHz/1695 MHz to 2200 MHz
Supported Bandwidth200 kHz
NF< 3 dB
IIp3> -17 dBm
Max Input Signal-10 dBm
Supported InterfacesSPI/SDIO, JTAG, UART, I2C, GPIO, I2S

The transceiver offers a low-power profile, including the radio, and can be upgraded to meet Release 14 using an external power amplifier that offers +23 dBm output power. Offers 15 dB margin to ACS GSM testing and 8 dB margin for ACS E-UTRA testing.

Easy Integration, Robust Design

Designed to interface with the baseband and MAC layers on a system-level chip. Comprehensive documentation and support make platform integration easy. Built to the highest standards using state-of-the-art RF design methods. Silicon-proven design by Palma Ceia customers worldwide.

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To take advantage of Palma Ceia’s solutions for Wi-Fi connectivity, send an email to info@pcsemi.com or contact us at one of our worldwide offices.