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Quectel launches ultra-wideband automotive module, CCC and ICCE compliant for newest generation digital car keys with improved location and security capabilities

MWC, Barcelona, 28 February 2023 –  Quectel Wireless Solutions, a global IoT and automotive  solutions provider, today announces the launch of the ultra-wideband (UWB)  automotive grade AU30Q  module. Based on Qorvo’s DW3300Q  UWB chipset, the module enables precise real-time outdoor and indoor  localization and reliable wireless communication.

Featuring an embedded  antenna, the AU30Q provides improved location capabilities, enhanced security  and reliable data transmission, making it particularly suited to smart car  access applications such as keyless entry, in-car passenger detection,  personnel approaching detection, easy trunk access, wireless charging and  battery swapping for electric vehicles.

“With the increasing availability  of UWB technology in smart phones, many car OEMs are considering adopting UWB  as a solution in their next generation of vehicles to offer drivers secure  car access,” said Manfred Lindacher, Vice President of Global Sales,  Automotive International, Quectel Wireless Solutions. “We are very excited  that the AU30Q UWB module based on Qorvo’s platform will help car OEMs and  Tier 1 partners develop safer and easier-to-use car access solutions. It  further expands our comprehensive portfolio covering wireless and GNSS  technologies, antenna and related services, and also solidifies Quectel’s  leading capabilities in the automotive field.”

“We are very pleased to expand our  successful collaboration with Quectel to include UWB,” said Gorden Cook,  general manager for Qorvo’s Automotive Connectivity group. “We believe their  choice of our low-power, single chip UWB transceiver brings simplicity,  flexibility and high performance to their new automotive solution. UWB is an  increasingly important technology for automotive customers, and we look  forward to supporting Quectel in the launch of their AU30Q  product.”

Incorporating the AEC-Q100 qualified Qorvo  DW3300Q chipset, the AU30Q supports UWB Channels 5 (6.5 GHz) and 9 (8 GHz)  and offers data rates of 850 Kbps and 6.8 Mbps. It can be flexibly adapted  with an external MCU that has CAN or Bluetooth connectivity to accommodate  for any possible architecture need in the car. Compared to chip-down designs,  the UWB module can help automotive customers deploy their solutions more  efficiently, save development resources, remove for customers the hurdle of  complex RF and antenna design aspects, and dramatically shorten the time-to-market.

AU30Q enables the  newest generation of digital key and car access, where UWB defeats attacks by  making the vehicle aware of the true localization of the owner, thru real-time  super-accurate distance measurement between the vehicle and the owner’s key  fob, smart phone, or smartwatch.  For those applications, AU30Q  fully conforms to the latest standards set by the Car Connectivity Consortium  (CCC), a global digital key standardization organization, making it  compatible with different vehicle manufacturers and smart phone OEMs. It also  fully conforms to the Intelligent Car Connectivity Industry Ecosystem  alliance (ICCE), a leading organization for digital key standardization in  China. Similarly, AU30Q alignment with FiRa™ PHY and MAC specifications  enables interoperability with other FiRa™ compliant devices.

The AU30Q module can  be used in Single-Sided Two-way Ranging (SS-TWR) and in Double-Sided Two-way  Ranging (DS-TWR) systems to locate assets. AU30Q can quickly be used to  implement Real-Time Localization Systems (RTLS), as well as automated  navigation systems in GPS-denied areas, with an accuracy of  10cm.

With a compact and unified form factor of 12.0mm  × 25.0mm × 2.4mm, the AU30Q is an ideal UWB solution for size sensitive  applications, and helps manufacturers reduce product size and optimize design  cost. This surface mounted module is extremely robust and features two highly  reliable SPI interfaces to host the processor as well as an internal antenna,  which improves design flexibility and reduces development time and  effort.

Engineering samples of the AU30Q UWB module are available now.  To learn more about Quectel’s AU30Q module, please visit Quectel at  MWC Barcelona 2023, Hall 5, Booth #5A20.

About  Quectel  

Quectel’s passion for a smarter  world drives us to accelerate IoT and automotive innovation. A highly  customer-centric organization, we are a global IoT and automotive solutions  provider backed by outstanding support and services.

Our growing global  team of over 4,000 professionals sets the pace for innovation in cellular, GNSS, Wi-Fi and  Bluetooth modules, antennas and services.

With regional offices  and support across the globe, our international leadership is devoted to  advancing IoT and helping build a smarter world.

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Media  contact: 

Phil Rawcliffe, Head of  Communications