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Quectel announces new 5G modules to drive 5G commercialization

Quectel Wireless Solutions announced that the company has launched three 5G New Radio (NR) Sub-6GHz modules during CES 2021, including the RM500Q-AE, the RM502Q-AE and the RM505Q-AE, to drive the mass deployment of 5G intelligent connections worldwide.

Leveraging the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 commercial 5G modem, the three modules feature super-fast speed, low latency, and enhanced carrier aggregation (CA) technology, and are now ready for sampling to support a good range of enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and IoT applications like fixed wireless access (FWA), 4K/8K live streaming, online meeting applications, telemedicine, smart transportation and industrial IoT (IIoT).

Capable of both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes, the three modules support worldwide coverage of 5G NR Sub-6GHz, LTE-A and WCDMA frequency bands and provide reliable 5G solutions to IoT customers globally. The key features of the modules include:

  • Cover global 5G frequency bands
  • Multi-gigabit data rates, up to 5.0Gbps
  • DL 4 × 4 MIMO for 5G NR and LTE-A bands
  • Multi-constellation GNSS capabilities
  • Abundant interfaces: USB 3.0/3.1, PCIe 3.0 and eSIM
  • M.2 form factor, compatible with Quectel LTE-A Cat 6/Cat 12/Cat 16 modules

The three modules also integrate GNSS capabilities, with the RM505Q-AE supporting Active GPS L1/L5 signals for more accurate positioning services. This ensures industrial terminals like rugged tablet PCs and on-board computers can work in environments with weak signals like valleys, forests and urban city canyons.

Available in M.2 form factor, the RM500Q-AE, the RM502Q-AE and RM505Q-AE are equipped with multiple interfaces including USB 3.0, PCIe 3.1 and eSIM to enable maximum connection options for devices including gateways, industrial routers, CPE, live broadcast, MIFI, laptops, tablets and more. All these 5G modules are compatible with Quectel LTE-A Cat 6 module EM06, Cat 12 modules EM12-G/EM120R-GL/EM121R-GL and Cat 16 module EM160R-GL, allowing easier migration from LTE-A to 5G.

Currently, the RM502Q-AE has completed IC/FCC/ PTCRB/GCF/RED/RCM certifications, while the RM500Q-AE and the RM505Q-AE have completed CE/RCM certifications. These compulsory approvals with global launch firmware (FW) baseline help customers enter each local market quickly and reduce their cost of device development and certification.

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