Chinese IoT module maker Quectel Wireless has launched an LTE Category 18 high speed module that offers 1.2Gbps Downlink /150Mbps Uplink peak rates.
Based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 chipset and fully compliant with 3GPP R12 specification, the EG18 module supports Carrier Aggregation (CA), 4*4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology and 256QAM.
The EG18 is part of a series of LTE Advanced modules optimised specially for M2M and IoT applications which support industrial operating temperature range of -40 to 85˚C. It also supports Qualcomm's IZat location technology Gen8C Lite (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS) to simplify product design, and provides quicker, more accurate and more dependable positioning capability.
The module is aimed at ultra-high-speed Industrial Router, In-Vehicle Video Surveillance System, Cloud based 4K IP-Camera and many more similar applications, which indeed require very high throughput and preferably low latency.