Quectel Wireless Solutions, the leading global supplier of IoT and automotive communication modules, has announced it has been collaborating with Marelli, one of the world’s leading global independent suppliers to the automotive sector, on a broad range of projects over the last five years.
During this fruitful co-operation, Quectel has supported Marelli’s migration from its existing network access device (NAD and this was followed by important business awarded to Marelli by two European automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) which use Quectel’s AG35 LTE-NAD. The first of these will achieve start of production (SOP) this year.
In addition, Marelli and Quectel have established a joint basis to advance further work in progress on 5G and cellular vehicle-to-x (CV2X) platforms. The two companies’ broad collaboration has seen them work together on many projects in the automotive industry, including enablement of evolved LTE connectivity utilizing the Quectel AG520R and AG55xQ platforms. The relationship, which is Quectel’s first with an automotive industry customer outside China, enables both companies to be fully-prepared for requests for quotes (RFQs) across the automotive industry.
Quectel’s AG35 family of automotive grade LTE category 4 modules supports maximum downlink rates of 150Mbps and uplink rates of 50Mbps. Offering excellent performance in electro-static discharge (ESD) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) protection, the AG35 modules ensure great robustness in harsh environments. The modules are backward-compatible with existing EDGE and GSM/GPRS networks, allowing them to be connected even in remote areas devoid of 3G or 4G coverage.
The AG35 module family is especially suitable for automotive applications such as fleet management, vehicle tracking, in-vehicle navigation systems, remote vehicle monitoring, remote vehicle control, remote vehicle diagnostics, security monitoring and alarms, vehicle wireless routing, in-car entertainment, and many others.
“I’m delighted to reveal our five-year collaboration with Marelli and the fruits of our work with the awarding of two contracts from European OEMs to Marelli that include our AG35 LTE-NAD,” said Dominikus Hierl, SVP Sales at Quectel Wireless Solutions.
“We’re proud to see production scheduled to start later this year and to have achieved such a broad and long-standing relationship with Marelli in Europe which we look forward to continuing to build upon as we engage in further RFQs together.”
“We have built an excellent collaboration with Quectel – stated Wisea Wu, Head of Marelli Electronics BU in China – as their connectivity solutions are important elements for Marelli Telematic Boxes to enable advanced functions, services and applications for carmakers. Quectel supports Marelli in its multi-level approach, from 4G and 5G technology, to cybersecurity SW & HW solutions, up to future V2X communication protocols, aimed at empowering the communication systems in the car and to maximize user experience and safety onboard.”