Quectel Wireless Solutions, a leading global supplier of IoT modules, announced today that AT&T has certified its new-generation of LPWA module the BG95-M3 for operation on the carrier’s LTE-M and NB-IoT networks. Being the industry’s first cellular module based on the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem that has earned AT&T’s approval, BG95-M3 will enable OEMs to immediately deploy a diverse range of IoT devices across North America. This will enable a wide variety of applications such as asset trackers, smart meters, smart city sensors as well as wearable trackers.
Targeting global markets, the BG95-M3 module is a highly-integrated variant supporting Cat M1, Cat NB2, EGPRS and integrated GNSS. Compared to its predecessor, the module complies with 3GPP Release 14 and delivers enhanced capabilities in power consumption, data rates, VoLTE, GNSS as well as hardware-based security.
By integrating RAM/flash and ARM Cortex A7 processor supporting ThreadX, it is engineered to reduce power consumption significantly in idle mode. This has the potential to enable decade-plus battery life which is critical for IoT devices usually serving long life spans. Additionally, it boasts a comprehensive set of hardware-based security features and enables trusted applications to run directly on the Cortex A7 TrustZone engine.
Adopting QuectOpen® solution, the BG95-M3 provides abundant external interfaces and protocol stacks, which will minimize application design for customers. It has a small footprint of 23.6mm × 19.9mm × 2.2mm, and is pin-to-pin compatible with Quectel’s multiple 4G/3G/2G/NB-IoT modules. This allows existing customer devices to migrate seamlessly and upgrade by a simple drop-in replacement that will greatly reduce their design cost and development time.
“We are thrilled to receive the AT&T approval, as it reaffirms our commitment to providing customers high quality and reliable products,” said Neset Yalcinkaya, Product Vice President at Quectel. “With its ultra-low power consumption and many enhanced features, the BG95-M3 module will further enrich the IoT verticals that require low-power, wide-area connectivity with cost efficiency. Besides the BG95-M3, our BG95 family offers multiple variants for different regions and applications, which include BG95-M1/M2/N1/M4/M5/MF. These modules follow the same certification path, have the same footprint and can replace each other without the need to change application designs.”
The BG95-M3 module has also obtained worldwide regulatory and conformance certificates including FCC, IC, CE(RED), RCM, GCF and PTCRB, and will commence mass production in January 2020.