Innovative wireless modules with efficient 5G, LPWA and CAT.1 application solutions

Wireless technologies are an integral part of today’s world, and it’s not just about ubiquitous cell phones, but about a number of solutions that will make our daily life easier, as well as improve the operation of industrial solutions and business in general. Smart homes, cities, alarm systems, meters, shipment tracking are just a few examples. All such applications are based on various wireless technologies, the heart of which are the NB-IoT, Cat-M1 or LTE Cat modules. 1 and also 5G. Below we present the functional capabilities of such modules and an innovative evaluation board for testing wireless applications.

 

SIMCom – a global manufacturer of wireless modules

SIMCom Wireless Solutions Limited (SIMCom) is a global designer and manufacturer of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless modules and solutions. Since establishment in 2002, SIMCom has been fully committed to provide a variety of wireless modules such as 5G, C-V2X, LPWA, LTE-A, Smart Module, LTE, WCDMA/HSPA(+), GSM/GPRS and GNSS modules. SIMCom has launched a series of 5G modules, including SIM8200EA-M2, SIM8200G, SIM8202G-M2, SIM8300G-M2, SIM8262G-M2 and SIM8282G-M2 which have been used in many commercial cases such as 4K/8K HD Videos, Industrial Gateways, etc.

 

5G module – ultra small size, huge possibilities

SIM8202G-M2 is a small-size (42.0×30.0x2.3mm) multi-band 5G module, which supports NSA/SA networking and covers all frequency bands of major network carriers around the world. It adopts the standard M2 interface and its AT command set is compatible with SIM7912G / SIM8200X-M2 modules, which can minimize the investment cost and speed up the market launch for customers.

SIM8202G-M2 adopts a new 4-antenna design, which effectively increases communication capacity, sends and receives data in an active manner, and maintains high data speed and stability. Meanwhile, to ensure the module can work stably for a long time, the design of SIM8202G-M2 takes full account of the layout of heating components, making sure the main heating components have sufficient holes to base. At the same time, a large exposed copper area is designed on the back of the module to facilitate the heat dissipation of the module by silica gel.

SIMCom 5G modules have been used in 5G Industrial Gateway, which can help users access high-speed Internet quickly and realize safe and reliable data transmission. 5G Industrial Gateway has an open architecture design that provides fast and flexible customization. It’s easy to integrate and can be embedded for installation, supporting all 5G networks, Wi-Fi, wired network access, and can realize local real-time data analysis and intelligent processing. It’s widely used in AGVs, patrol robots, WITMED and other industrial Internet scenarios.

As wireless terminal access equipment, CPE is another big application scenario for 5G. SIMCom has launched CPE solutions together with partners; it can convert 4G/5G signals into Wi-Fi signals and supply them to multiple hardware devices for Internet access at the same time. Therefore, CPE can be widely used for wireless Internet access in rural areas, urban areas, hospitals, institutions, factories, communities and so on, saving the cost of laying the wired network and solving the problem of the last mile in networking.

NB-IoT module that supports LTE 450MHzs

SIM7070E is a LPWA module which supports wireless communication modes of Cat-M/Cat-NB/GPRS/EDGE. It adopts LCC form factor and has a compact size of 24x24mm which makes it ideal for compact products design. Meanwhile, SIM7070E has powerful expansibility with abundant interfaces including UART, GPIO, PCM, SPI, I2C etc. It supports LTE 450MHz which is dedicated for Metering Application. It has received various certifications is ideally suited for M2M applications that require low latency, low throughput data communication in a variety of radio propagation conditions, such as metering, asset tracking, and remote monitoring, E-health, etc.

The innovation and development of IoT technology are facilitating a large-scale replacement of traditional meters by IoT smart meters. Hence a gradual switch from 2G towards NB-IoT. There is the increasing demand for meters with low power consumption, low delay and wide coverage. SIMCom has launched a series of LPWA modules, such as NB-IoT& GNSS module SIM7060 series, LTE CAT.M1&NB-IoT module SIM7080G, and latest small-sized LTE CAT.M1 & NB-IoT module SIM7090G and so on.

SIMCom and partners have created a series of smart water metering devices in an effort to make sure that water is better distributed and protected. These Smart water metering applications were equipped with SIMCom’s NB-IoT SIM7070E, used to realize remote data transmission and control. It supports accurate measurement, remote data transmission and real-time monitoring. More than that, it has certain warning functions, and helps the control platform to enable smart management, improve the management efficiency, and save human and time cost to a very large extent. Meanwhile, these devices have edge computing algorithms on board; they are able to detect alarm and warning by themselves: leakage, consumption above limits, values out of limits.

LTE Cat.1 module – a cost-effective solution

A7670E is an LTE Cat.1 module, which also supports 2G wireless communication modes (GPRS / EDGE). Its maximum data transfer rate is 10 Mbps DL and 5 Mbps UL. The module has a LGA housing and can be compatible with the SIM7000 / SIM7070 series (modules NB-IoT / Cat-M) and SIM800F (2G module), which enables smooth migration from 2G / NB-IoT / Cat-M networks to LTE Cat.1 and makes it much easier to design a product with multiple options according to customer needs.

The A7670E supports many built-in network functionalities (including DTMF, EAT, FOTA, LBS, SSL). Drivers for major operating systems (Windows, Linux and Android etc.) are also available. The AT command set is compatible with modules from the SIM7500 / SIM7600 series.

Contact us

Masters is the official distributor of SIMCom Wireless Solutions Ltd products. If you are interested in receiving samples or want to talk about your project and possibilities of using SIMCom modules, please contact us at purchasing@masters.com.pl or directly with chosen customer service office. We will advise the most appropriate solution to your needs.