Quectel Wireless Solutions today announced the integration of the Qualcomm® 212 LTE IoT Modem from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. into Quectel’s BC660K-GL high-performance LTE Cat NB2 narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) module.
The module, which is pending certification with leading global carriers, offers extremely low-power consumption and supports multiple frequency bands for NB-IoT connectivity.
Quectel’s module contains an ultra-compact profile of 17.7 mm × 15.8 mm × 2.0 mm, making it an ideal choice for size-sensitive applications. In addition, because the module is designed to be compatible with Quectel’s GSM/GPRS M66 module and NB-IoT BC66 module in form and size, it provides a flexible and scalable platform for migrating from GSM/GPRS to NB-IoT networks.
With NB-IoT networks rolling out globally, a growing number of IoT applications are selecting the technology. The ultra-compact profile, super-low power consumption, and extended temperature range make the BC660K-GL ideally suited for a wide range of IoT applications, including smart metering, bike sharing, smart parking, smart city, asset tracking, home appliance, and agricultural and environmental monitoring. The module can provide a complete range of SMS and data transmission services to meet various user demands.
Many IoT applications that choose NB-IoT for connectivity have done so because of the technology’s forthcoming ubiquity and competitive cost. Quectel has therefore developed the BC660K-GL module to address the needs of chipset manufacturers for large-scale manufacturing with strict requirements on costs and efficiency. Additionally, the module’s small LCC package allows it to be easily embedded into space-constrained environments.
“We’re delighted that the Qualcomm 212 LTE IoT Modem is being integrated into our BC660K-GL module”, said Neset Yalcinkaya, VP of Products at Quectel Wireless Solutions.
“This versatile, high-quality module empowers device and chipset makers with excellent performance in a small factor with low power consumption. Our teams are collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies to ensure the modules are certified by global carriers and we look forward to bringing commercial products to market early in 2021.”
“Integrating the Qualcomm 212 LTE IoT Modem into Quectel’s NB-IoT module will help enable the creation of new, global smart IoT devices and applications, equipped with cutting-edge power efficiency and LTE connectivity capabilities,” said Vieri Vanghi, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. “Together with Quectel, we are better able to help meet the demand of global manufacturers for low-power, ultra-compact and cost-efficient IoT technologies.”
Engineering samples of the BC660K-GL NB-IoT module are available now.