The Growing Need for LTE Cat 1 in IoT Connectivity
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a rapid pace, with more and more devices being connected and exchanging data. To enable reliable, low-power and cost-effective connectivity for IoT devices, LTE Category 1 (Cat 1) has emerged as an ideal wireless technology. Compared to 2G and 3G networks, Cat 1 provides significant improvements in bandwidth, latency and battery life.
However, many IoT use cases are demanding even greater optimizations in power consumption, coverage and cost. This is driving the creation of LTE Cat 1bis, an enhanced version of Cat 1 that boosts efficiency and performance. Cat 1bis modules are critical for supporting massive IoT deployments across smart meters, asset trackers, wearables, industrial sensors and many other applications.
Introducing the SIM7672 Cat 1bis Module from SIMCom
To meet the growing Cat 1bis market, SIMCom has developed the SIM7672 series of LTE modules. SIMCom is a leading designer and manufacturer of wireless modules, including 2G, 3G, LTE, GNSS and Bluetooth products. The company has over 13 years of experience providing reliable, high-quality modules to customers worldwide.
The new SIM7672 modules are based on the Qualcomm QCX216 chipset and support both LTE-FDD and LTE-TDD up to 10 Mbps downlink and 5 Mbps uplink.
They come in three regional variants:
SIM7672G: Targeted at global applications with support for bands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia Pacific.
SIM7672NA: Optimized for North America with band support for LTE B2/B4/B5/B12/B13/B14/B66/B71.
SIM7672E: Made for Europe with bands B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28.
Key Features and Benefits of SIM7672
The SIM7672 series packs numerous features into its compact 24mm x 24mm LCC+LGA form factor:
Global certifications for all major IoT markets
Low power consumption, only 230uA in sleep mode
Abundant interfaces including UART, USB, GPIOs and more
Integrated GNSS, WiFi scanning and LBS support
Industrial temperature range from -40 to +85°C
TLS, power saving modes and other advanced capabilities
Software compatibility with SIMCom’s 2G and LTE Cat M modules
With its enhanced efficiency, approvals, and functionality, the SIM7672 allows IoT developers to deploy Cat 1bis solutions with confidence across a wide array of use cases.
PIN Compatible with the following modules
The SIM7672 series is ideal for IoT applications including:
Asset and fleet tracking
Retail and payment terminals
Telematics and vehicle tracking
Smart home and building automation
And many other uses requiring medium data rates and low power connectivity. The modules can be easily integrated into customer devices via UART, USB and GPIO interfaces using AT commands.
Get Started with SIM7672 Today
To learn more about the SIM7672 Cat 1bis modules and how they can empower your IoT products, please contact our sales team. We offer development kits for evaluation, along with design-in support, documentation, and customization services to help you integrate cellular connectivity and take your innovations to the next level. Get in touch today to discuss your project and IoT needs.