Now available in the UK from Solid State Supplies is a new Class 12 quad-band GSM/GPRS module from Quectel Wireless Solutions. The M80 module offers up to 85.6kbps uplink and downlink speeds, operating at 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz frequency bands. Supplied in a tiny surface-mount Land Grid Array (LGA) package, the module features powerful embedded Internet service protocols, making it ideal for use in a wide range of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, including: vehicle tracking systems (VTS); personal tracking; security; wireless point of sale (POS); industrial personal digital assistants (PDA); and smart metering.
The M80 delivers robust construction and reliable GSM/GPRS performance for data, voice, SMS and multi-media applications, and features extremely low power consumption [data to be inserted], an extended temperature range from -45° C to +85° C, and an ultra compact profile of just 23 x 25 x 2.8mm. It is equipped with a host of function interfaces, including: USB device; analogue; dual SIM; three UARTs; and optional interfaces for micro SD card and camera. It is RoHS compliant.
The module also offers fully integrated access to Quectel’s range of GPS receivers, which can be controlled through a single serial port to provide a fast, low-cost GSM or GPS solution, thus reducing time-to-market.