26 February 2021 Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT
5G mobile networks will be the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G LTE deployments. LTE is entering its second half-decade of deployment and still has planned improvement in its roadmap, especially LTE Advanced (LTE-A) and LTE Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro). In fact, many of the enhancements in LTE Advanced Pro are essential buildings blocks for 5G and will enable many of the critical features and early use cases for 5G.
Two key factors of eMBB (enhanced Mobile Broadband) will drive adoption and value creation in the 5G economy. The first is extending cellular coverage into a broader range of structures including office buildings, industrial parks, shopping malls and large venues. The second is improved capacity to handle a significantly greater number of devices using high volumes of data, especially in localised areas.
5G’s improved low power consumption requirements, the ability to operate in licensed and unlicensed spectrum, and its ability to provide deeper and more flexible coverage will drive significantly lower costs in MIoT settings. This will, in turn, enable scaling of MIoT and will drive much greater uptake of mobile technologies to address MIoT applications.
MCS represents a new market opportunity for mobile technology. This significant growth area for 5G will support applications that require high reliability, ultra-low latency connectivity with strong security and availability. This will allow wireless technology to provide an ultra-reliable connection that is indistinguishable from wireless, to support applications such as autonomous vehicles and remote operation of complex automation equipment where failure is not an option.
Quectel’s RG50xQ is a series of 5G sub-6 GHz LGA modules optimised specially for IoT and M2M applications. Adopting 3GPP Release 15 technology, it delivers maximum data rates up to 2,5 Gbps downlink and 900 Mbps uplink. It supports both 5G NSA and SA modes, Option 3x, 3a and Option 2 network architectures, which makes it backwards compatible with 4G/3G networks. The RG50xQ is pin-to-pin compatible with Quectel’s LTE-A Cat 12 EG512R-EA module, and can meet customers’ different application demands for high speed, large capacity, low latency, high reliability, etc.
The RG50xQ series contains two variants: RG50xQ-EA and RG50xQ-NA. It supports Qualcomm IZat location technology Gen9C Lite (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS). The integrated GNSS receiver greatly simplifies product design and provides quicker, more accurate and more dependable positioning capability.
A rich set of Internet protocols, industry-standard interfaces (USB 2.0/3.0/3.1, PCIe 3.0, RGMII, PCM, UART, etc.) and abundant functionalities (USB drivers for Windows 7/8/8.1/10, Linux and Android) extend the applicability of the module to a wide range of IoT and M2M applications such as business routers, home gateways, set-top boxes, industrial laptops, consumer laptops, industrial PDAs, rugged tablet PCs and video surveillance.
Antenova’s Lepida antenna (SR4L054) for 5G, 4G and LTE is a wideband SMD antenna for performance, efficiency and reliability across the spectrum from 600 MHz to 3800 MHz. Linearly polarised and designed for excellent coplanarity, the Rabo antenna (SREL062) is an ergonomic blade antenna, rated IP67.