Seven mighty clicks with Quectel modules
Posted by Lana Vulic on 03 March 2017 04:52 PM
Embedded World 2017 in Nuremberg Germany starts in less than 2 weeks (March 14), and all of us here at MikroElektronika are excited to see what this year’s fair will bring. We will soon post the full list of partners that will exhibit our products, so you know where to look if you’re visiting the fair.
Quectel will be one of the many exhibitors (more than 930), and since we have seven click boards™ with Quectel modules, this seems like the chance to give you a nice overview.
Quectel also had a presentation about their LPWA modules in Barcelona on February 24 (18th GTI Workshop), and they left the audience impressed.
Quectel Wireless Solutions
Quectel is one of the leading global suppliers of LTE, UMTS/HSPA(+), GSM/GPRS and GNSS modules. All of their modules have a small form factor and low power consumption, making them ideal for IoT applications. They mostly focus on cellular and positioning modules.
You can see them at booth 3-632 at the Exhibition Centre and have a chat about all their wireless modules, new products, and innovative ideas they have for the future.
Seven mighty click boards™
GPS3 click carries the L80 GPS module with a patch antenna. EASY™ Technology ensures that L80 can calculate and predict orbits automatically using data stored in its internal flash memory.
GSM2 click features the Quectel quad-band M95 FA GSM/GPRS module that has an integrated TCP/IP protocol stack, serial multiplexer and enhanced AT commands.
GSM/GNSS click combines GPS/GLONASS location tracking with GSM module capability for mobile communication. The click features Quectel’s MC60 quad-band module.
GNSS click carries Quectel’s L86 GNSS module with a patch antenna along with an external antenna connector.
GPS2 click features the L30 GPS module as well as an SMA antenna connector. The click is designed to run on either 3.3V or 5V power supply.
You can check out our whole wireless click board™ range here.
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Combining the power of GSM and GNSS — GSM/GNSS click
Posted by Lana Vulic on 13 January 2017 05:32 PM
Have you ever considered what kind of technology is necessary for you to know your exact location just by looking at your phone? Well, it takes at least four satellites orbiting the planet to be in view of a receiver to calculate such a precise position.
Thankfully, we have a new click that does all the hard work for you, GSM/GNSS click combines all the GSM functions with GPS and GLONASS location tracking.
GSM/GNSS click carries the MC60 quad-band module from Quectel. When the click is connected to a GPS antenna it can receive precise coordinates from orbiting satellites. The click has an onboard Bluetooth antenna and the MC60 module supports Bluetooth 3.0.
Send texts, share files over Bluetooth or find out what your location is. GSM combined with GNSS allows you to both communicate with other devices over the cellular network and have asset tracking as well.
Add the GSM/GNSS click to your suitcase and program it to notify you with an SMS of its location every 2 hours. Never again will you have to worry about your luggage being lost at some airport. Track anything else you would not like to lose track of.
Quectel’s EASY™ technology
EASY™ or Embedded Assist System allows the MC60’s GNSS engine to automatically calculate and predict orbits using the ephemeris data (up to 3 days) when the power is on.
GPS + GLONASS
GPS is not the only positioning system orbiting our planet. Although it has the most satellites, 33 to be exact. There are other systems in place as well. The second one, when it comes to the number of satellites is the Russian GLONASS — Global Navigation Satellite System, and it has 24 satellites.
Using a module that combines both these systems, like the MC60 module, featured on GSM/GNSS click, provides more accuracy and more stable results.
One obvious advantage that GLONASS has over GPS is that it has satellite systems meant for high latitudes, where GPS does not.
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