Quectel gives thumbs up to Qualcomm modem

  • December 21, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Quectel and others have welcomed Qualcomm’s latest cellular IoT modem that comes with more computing capabilities, connectivity and location-based technologies.

The QCX216 LTE IoT modem lets users track assets and provide additional computing capabilities for IoT devices that need to process data. It delivers IoT-optimised speeds without excessively impacting battery life, which is critical for expanding IoT applications such as smart utility meters, trackers, e-mobility, parking meters, home automation and security, and other location-based options, among many verticals.

“Cellular IoT is rapidly evolving to meet diverse IoT requirements and use cases, and we are driving a rich roadmap of system innovations for continuing IoT expansion,” said Jeffery Torrance, senior vice president at Qualcomm. “Our latest IoT modem is an exciting step forward in the proliferation of the cellular IoT ecosystem, and will help create long-lasting, power efficient devices and promote growth and expansion in the IoT industry.”

The cat1.bis modem can work globally and seamlessly on existing LTE cellular infrastructure.

“Quectel is delighted to be a key partner for Qualcomm Technologies’ cost and power efficient global cat1.bis, the Qualcomm QCX216 LTE IoT modem,” said Patrick Qian, chief executive officer at Quectel Wireless. “With worldwide, ubiquitous LTE deployment and the small form factor, power efficient, and cost effective EG915Q series of modules, Quectel aims to accelerate digital transformation and drive innovation across a wide range of IoT devices.”

John Mathew, chief executive officer at Cavli Wireless, added: “The Qualcomm QCX216 LTE IoT modem being a highly integrated and low-power LTE cat1.bis chip is going to pave the way for massive IoT device deployments and will help device manufacturers to easily migrate from 2G to 4G network at a lower total cost of manufacture. 4G availability being worldwide and no roaming restrictions is also going to boost the penetration for use cases that require global cellular access. Cavli C16QS, based on Qualcomm QCX216 LTE IoT modem, will start shipping to global customers by December 2022.”

The modem supports multi technology scanning capability used with features supported by the Qualcomm terrestrial positioning service to help users develop low-power applications for various industries. It will also help OEMs build affordable IoT devices in smaller form factors.

“For MoMagic Technologies, the Qualcomm QCX216 LTE IoT modem allows us to advance IoT with better connectivity,” said Arun Gupta, chief executive officer of MoMagic Technologies. “By enabling users to enhance their computing capabilities for IoT devices, MoMagic Technologies is now able to create solutions that can process data at a higher rate than ever before, by using Qualcomm Technologies. Expanding IoT application use allows devices that require power efficiency and have a small form factor design to process quicker using the new LTE modem.”