LTE BC97 Cat NB2/GSM Module

Quectel Wireless Solutions, the leading global supplier of Internet of Things (IoT) Modules, has announced that it has launched its first LTE Cat NB2/GSM dual-mode module BC97.

This LPWA-module supports switchover between GSM and NB-IoT networks and ensures utilizing network coverage of both technologies. 

BC97 is designed in an ultra-compact 23.6mm × 19.9mm × 2.2mm from factor, and is compatible with Quectels GSM/GPRS M95 module and other LPWA modules, like the BC95 and BG96, which allows smooth migration and minimizes cost and development time. In LCC+LGA form factor, BC97 can realize the rapid production of modules through a standard SMT machine.

BC97 is based on MTK platform and has very nice features, such as low power consumption, extended operating temperature range, global dual-mode, and supports GSM Voice and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Thanks to all-in-one features and a rich set of interfaces (such as USB, USIM, UART, ADC, RESET, PWRKEY, SPI, GPIO, Main Antenna, especially Audio Interface MIC and Speak) as well as the DFOTA.

BC97 extends its coverage to multiple applications such as Shared Bikes, Smart Parking, Bluetooth Gateway, Smart Metering, Smart City, Asset Tracking, Smart Home Appliance, Wearable Devices, Agricultural and Environmental Monitoring Devices, to name a few.

“It is an irreversible trend for GSM to migrate to LTE and 5G network. Nevertheless, with extensive global network presence and its vast coverage, it is foreseen that GSM network will still be operational for many years, especially in certain developing countries. Since BC97 supports fall back from Cat NB2 to GSM, it can utilize the existing yet matured GSM network, hence would be gradually and seamlessly migrating into NB-IoT network,” said Doron Zhang, Quectel Senior Vice President. “Having seven different variants, I’m overwhelmingly excited by Quetcel’s richest LPWA product portfolio, as it would be theoretically covering every possible use case in LPWA domain.”

Soon engineering samples will be available for global customers. Please send your request to sales@TOP-electronics.com

 

Key Benefits  

● LCC + LGA package, compatible with M95

● NB-IoT/GSM Dual mode free switching

● GSM Voice call

● Bluetooth LE

 

 

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