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Quectel launches Wi-Fi 6 modules to bring premium performance to indoor and automotive networks

Shanghai, April 21, 2020 – Quectel Wireless Solutions, a global supplier of cellular and GNSS modules, has today announced a series of brand-new Wi-Fi 6 modules, including the industrial-grade FG50X series based on the Qualcomm® FastConnectTM 6800 mobile connectivity subsystem, which is designed to deliver faster, more secure, and more robust Wi-Fi experiences and enable new Bluetooth audio capabilities, and the automotive-grade module AF50T based on the Qualcomm® Automotive Wi-Fi 6 chip, the QCA6696, Qualcomm Technologies' most advanced automotive Wi-Fi solution. These two modules series are designed to deliver enhanced performance in capacity, data rates, latency, power consumption and coverage. They will bring premium wireless performance to a variety of consumer, industrial and automotive applications, such as smart homes, MiFi, smart TVs, over-the-top (OTT) devices, industrial controls, customer premises equipment (CPE), the Internet of Vehicles and much more.

The FG50X series and AF50T modules support IEEE 802.11 ax and BT 5.1, and are backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac protocols. In addition to this, the low-power Wi-Fi 6 modules support Dual MAC, 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Dual Bands Simultaneous (DBS) in 2X2+2×2 mode, MU-MIMO with 8×8 sounding, advanced Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) and 1024-QAM (Orthogonal Amplitude Modulation) capabilities, which can deliver faster, more secure and robust Wi-Fi performance, with a maximum data rate of up to 1774.5 Mbps. To address the differing demands of various IoT segments, Quectel has designed multiple variants of the FG50X series. 

When used in combination with Quectel's 5G module RG500Q, the FG50X series offers a superior 5G and Wi-Fi 6 solution for MiFi and CPEs that is designed to ensure high-speed connections which can support up to 32 clients at a time, and guarantee smoother and more reliable connections for smart home gadgets and many other multi-user scenarios. It also reduces network congestion for complex indoor scenarios like home, shopping malls, schools, and factories. Moreover, the FG50X series utilizes the WPA3 encryption mode to greatly improve the security of Wi-Fi connections.

The automotive-grade Wi-Fi 6 module AF50T strictly adheres to the IATF 16949:2016 standards and complies with automotive quality processes including APQP and PPAP, which ensures they meet the rigorous requirements of the automotive segment. The AF50T is specifically designed for Internet of Vehicles (IoV) applications, such as in-vehicle infotainment and on-board diagnosis (OBD). The module's compact design of 19.5 × 21.5 × 2.3 mm in LGA form factor permits automotive Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs to reduce their product size and design cost.

In addition to the automotive infotainment uses, the AF50T module when combined with Quectel's LTE-A + C-V2X module AG520R and 5G+ C-V2X module AG550Q makes an ideal LTE-A/5G + Wi-Fi/BT solution to address in-vehicle information processing demands, such as hot spot, data uploading and vehicle monitoring. Benefiting from its unique software and hardware functionality, the AF50T can effectively cope with channel interferences, and is also designed to work with the two C-V2X modules.

Engineering samples of the FG50X and AF50T modules are available now and have been provided to a range of customers for their new product designs, with the first wave of customer devices embedded with FG50X modules being available on the market in early May 2020.

“Our investment in Wi-Fi 6 began at the earliest stages of this new technology, and we are delighted to see that Quectel's solutions, powered by our leading-edge Wi-Fi 6 technology, are accelerating adoption and transforming indoor and automotive wireless experiences,” said Dino Bekis, vice president and general manager, mobile compute and connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The increased capacity, high power efficiency and enhanced indoor coverage capabilities of the Quectel Wi-Fi 6 modules will play an important role in ushering in the next wave of IoT devices' connectivity.”

“We are very proud to continue our close and long-established relationship with Qualcomm Technologies and to take the lead in launching these Wi-Fi 6 modules, as this reaffirms our role in the global wireless module industry,” said Patrick Qian, CEO of Quectel. “The new Wi-Fi 6 product lineup, the perfect complement to our existing IoT module portfolio, will further accelerate the deployment of a wide variety of IoT projects that require high-speed and secure wireless performance.”

About Quectel

Quectel’s passion for a smarter world drives us to accelerate IoT innovation. A highly customer-centric organization, we create high-quality cellular and GNSS modules and antennas backed by outstanding support and services. Our growing global team of over 3000 professionals helps us reduce development time and ensures rapid delivery of our products to market. Listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (603236.SS), our international leadership is devoted to advancing IoT across the globe. For more information: www.quectel.com, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.