Quectel launches Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E for Smart Home

  • November 15, 2022
  • William Payne

Quectel Wireless Solutions has launched a series of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules based on Qualcomm’s QCA206x Wi-Fi 6E chip. The FC6xE series is designed to deliver faster, more secure, and more robust Wi-Fi and features Bluetooth audio functionality.

Supporting 2 × 2 MIMO and DBS, the FC6xE family provides a maximum data rate up to 3000 Mbps. It has a compact form factor of 19.9 mm × 18.0 mm × 2.1 mm, and is designed to provide an optimal Wi-Fi/Bluetooth solution for size-sensitive applications, helping customers reduce product size and optimise application design cost.

“Targeting the nascent Wi-Fi 6/6E market, the FC62E, FC64E, FC65E and FC66E all offer superior Wi-Fi 6/6E performance,” said Norbert Muhrer, President and CSO, Quectel Wireless Solutions. “When used in combination with Quectel 5G modules, they also deliver best-in-class 5G functionality, guaranteeing ultra-reliable connections for a wide range of multi-user scenarios including smart homes, shopping malls, schools and factories.”

The modules join a range of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules delivering functionality across Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6, and Wi-Fi 6E.

RF Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules include:

  • FC20/21 – typically used in connecting with different Linux/Android application processors, the compact form factor, low power consumption, extended temperature range and stable SDIO interface allow this module to serve a range of IoT applications including consumer, safety, industrial, mobile hotspots and healthcare.
  • FC80A – a high-performance Wi-Fi 5 module, supporting 2.4GHz and 5GHz RSDB (Real simultaneous dual band) and Bluetooth 5.1, the FC80A can meet the Wi-Fi & Bluetooth application design requirements expected across consumer fields including set top boxes and VR.
  • FC909A – featuring an SDIO 2.0 interface enabling WLAN capability, the FC909A also provides BT functions with low power consumption, making it suitable for mobile devices requiring battery powered and compact size.

MCU Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Modules

  • FC41D – based on a standalone Wi-Fi & Bluetooth chip, the FC41D can offer diversified applications for customers. Combined with an ultra-compact size, low power consumption, ultra-wide temperature range and high reliability, FC41D is suitable for low flow control and data acquisition applications such as smart homes and industrial control.

The hosted range of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules are designed for both home and commercial applications including set top boxes, smart TVs, and smart speakers in the home and POS, scanner, and printer applications in a business environment. The hosted range is also appropriate for a range of telematics applications. The MCU Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module is typically used as a connectivity link between IoT devices and public or private cloud.

Complementing the FC6xE modules are a range of antennas across the 2.4Ghz and 6Ghz spectrum including the YF0026AA FPC, YF0027AA FPC, YF0023AA FR4 and YEWT004AA while additional antennas can support 5Ghz spectrum.