Module upgrades M2M connections to 3G

February 10, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
From distributor MSC, the Quectel UC15 3G-Module provides cost-effective migration from 2G to 3G. The module is UMTS/HSDPA-capable and is pin-compatible to the same company’s M10- and M12-GPRS Class 12-Modules.

Covering bands from 900 to 2100 MHz for multiband-W-CDMA and 850/1900-MHz quad-band-GSM, the module, measuring 29 x 29 mm, is downwards compatible to EDGE and GPRS with Multi-Slot Class 12.

UC15 has power consumption of 3.5 mA in sleep mode, and 520 mA maximum in UMTS mode. Interfaces include USB, UART, PCM as well as two analogue I/Os and ADC-channels. The maximum download speed is 3.6 MBit/sec and the transfer rate at upload is 384 kbit/sec.

Together with drivers for Linux, Android and Windows, UC 15 will be delivered with a comprehensive software-package. In addition to all major standard internet protocols and a file system, UC 15 supports FOTA and eCall. For evaluation purposes, a full development kit including hardware, software, specifications, application notes, debug and testing tools, certification and test reports is available.

Use the module to add connectivity to smart metering, building applications and also utility vehicles, due to the extended operating temperature range of -40 to +85 °C.

MSC Technologies (Avnet group);