Quectel module spans AIoT applications

  • August 18, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Chinese IoT provider Quectel Wireless has launched a multi-mode smart LTE Cat 4 module.

The SC200E handles LTE connectivity, multimedia functions and support for long lifespan IoT deployments, making it suitable for industrial and consumer applications including smart PoS, payment terminals, industrial handheld devices, automotive electronics and more.

“We continue to expand our best-in-class portfolio for IoT, with our smart module product line ranging from entry level, to high-end and premium products to satisfy the requirements of various AIoT markets,” said Norbert Muhrer, CSO of Quectel. “The launch of the SC200E series provides our customers with another great choice when developing advanced IoT applications for industries as varied as financial, retail, industrial, energy, health care, logistics and automotive to enable innovations and help build a smarter world.”

Based on the Qualcomm QCM2290 platform which uses an 11nm process, the module adopts a 64bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor at up to 2.0GHz, which enables the module to provide both power efficiency and reliable performance.

Equipped with an Adreno 702 GPU, the module also supports a dual image signal processor (ISP). This ISP enables up to 25MP or 13MP + 13MP dual cameras to work at the same time and 1080p at 30fps video codec capability. These make it an option for IoT verticals that require multimedia features such as smart PoS terminals, industrial PDAs and micro-mobility applications.

The Android 12 operating system (OS) is built-in and it supports iterative upgrades to Android 13 or 14, which enables IoT devices to stay up to date with the latest features and improvements in the OS. Additionally, the series meets Google’s GMS licence requirements. The extended life cycle means it can meet the reliability and sustainable upgrades requirements of industrial IoT devices until 2028.

For communications, the module supports multimode LTE cellular networks and short-range wireless communication technologies such as wifi and Bluetooth, so terminal devices can flexibly access wireless networks according to different scenarios. In addition, it supports multi-constellation GNSS receivers (GPS, BDS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS) to achieve fast and accurate positioning.

The series is pin-for-pin compatible with Quectel’s previous smart modules including the SC20 and SC200R modules, so industry users can upgrade their existing smart terminals and use SC200E to improve performance.

The SC200E integrates various interfaces such as LCM, camera, touch screen, microphone, USB and uart, which expands its application in retail, industrial, home and other fields, and helps users accelerate the time-to-market of their devices.

For global use, there are multiple variants, including: SC200E-EM for Emea, Korea, south Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa; SC200E-CE for China; SC200E-NA for North America; and SC200E-WF for global regions with wifi and Bluetooth only. All are in mass production, while the SC200E-JP variant for Japan is scheduled to start sampling this quarter.

Quectel also provides one-stop services for terminal development, including system evaluation, product design, prototype development, antenna design and testing services as well as after-sales services.