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EC21 Mini PCIe

IoT/M2M-optimized LTE Cat.1 Module

Quectel EC21 Mini PCIe is a series of LTE category 1 module adopting standard PCI Express® MiniCard form factor (Mini PCIe). Especially optimized for M2M and IoT applications, it features cost-saving, low power LTE connectivity, and delivers M2M-optimized speeds of 10Mbit/s downlink and 5Mbit/s uplink. These make it ideal for numerous IoT applications that are not reliant on high speed connectivity but still require the longevity and reliability of LTE networks.

EC21 Mini PCIe contains 9 variants: EC21-V Mini PCIe, EC21-A Mini PCIe, EC21-AU Mini PCIe, EC21-J Mini PCIe, EC21-KL Mini PCIe, EC21-AUT Mini PCIe, EC21-AUTL Mini PCIe, EC21-CT Mini PCIe and EC21-E Mini PCIe. This makes it backward-compatible with existing EDGE and GSM/GPRS networks, ensuring that it can easily migrate from LTE to 2G or 3G networks.

EC21 Mini PCIe supports Qualcomm® IZatTM location technology Gen8C Lite (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS). The integrated GNSS greatly simplifies product design, and provides quicker, more accurate and more dependable positioning.

A rich set of Internet protocols, industry-standard interfaces and abundant functionalities (USB drivers for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, Linux, Android/ eCall*) extend the applicability of the module to a wide range of M2M applications such as smart metering, tracking and tracing, fleet management, wearable devices, smart home gateways, digital signs, and even drones.

Key Benefits

  • Low-cost, lower-power LTE connectivity optimized for broadband IoT applications
  • Worldwide LTE, UMTS/HSPA+ and GSM/GPRS/EDGE coverage
  • Standard PCI Express® MiniCard form factor (Mini PCIe) ideal for manufacturers to easily integrate wireless connectivity into their devices
  • MIMO technology meets demands for data rate and link reliability in modem wireless communication systems
  • Multi-constellation GNSS receiver available for applications requiring fast and accurate fixes in any environment

General Characteristics

  1. Frequency BandsEC21-V Mini PCIe:FDD LTE: B4/B13EC21-A Mini PCIe:FDD LTE: B2/B4/B12WCDMA: B2/B4/B5EC21-AUT Mini PCIe:FDD LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7/B28WCDMA: B1/B5EC21-AU Mini PCIe:FDD LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B28LTE TDD: B40WCDMA: B1/B2/B5/B8GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8EC21-J Mini PCIe:FDD LTE: B1/B3/B8/B18/B19/B26EC21-KL Mini PCIe:FDD LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8EC21-E Mini PCIe:FDD LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20WCDMA: B1/B5/B8GSM: B3/B8
  2. LTE Version3GPP E-UTRA Release 11
  3. Bandwidth1.4/3/5/10/15/20MHz
  4. AntennaDL MIMO, supports Rx-diversity, GNSS
  5. Supply Voltage Range3.0V~ 3.6V, 3.3V Typ.
  6. Operation Temperature-40 °C ~ +80 °C
  7. Size L/W/H51.0 x 30.0 x 4.9mm
  8. WeightApprox. 9.8g
  9. Control via AT commands3GPP TS27.007 and enhanced AT commands

Specifications

  1. DataLTE:LTE FDD: Max 10Mbps (DL) Max 5Mbps (UL)
    LTE TDD: Max 8.96Mbps (DL) Max 3.1Mbps (UL)
    DC-HSPA+Max 42Mbps (DL) Max 5.76Mbps (UL)UMTS:Max 384Kbps (DL) Max 384Kbps (UL)EDGE:Max 236.8Kbps (DL) Max 236.8KbpsGPRS:Max 85.6Kbps (DL) Max 85.6Kbps (UL)Speech Codec Modes:HR, FR, EFR, AMR, AMR-WB
  2. VoiceEcho Arithmetic:Echo CancellationNoise Reduction
  3. eCallAccident, Emergency Services
  4. VoLTEDigital Audio and VoLTE (Voice over LTE) (Optional)
  5. ProtocolsTCP/UDP/PPP/FTP/HTTP/NTP/PING/QMI/HTTPS*/SMTP*/MMS*/FTPS*/SMTPS*/SSL*

Special Features

  1. DriversUSB Serial:Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, Linux 2.6 or later, Android 4.0/4.2/4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0RIL:Android 4.0/4.2/4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0NDIS:Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Window 10ECM:Linux 2.6 or laterGobinet:Linux 3.4 or laterLinux qmi wwan:Linux 3.4 or later
  2. DFOTA*:Delta firmware upgrade over the air
  3. BT4.0*/WiFi:Optional
  4. GNSS:GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou/Galileo/QZSS

Electrical Characteristics

  1. Output PowerClass 3 (23dBm±2dB) for LTEClass 3 (24dBm+1/-3dB) for UMTSClass E2 (27dBm±3dB) for EDGE 850/900MHzClass E2 (26dBm±3dB) for EDGE1800/1900MHzClass 4 (33dBm±2dB) for GSM 850/900MHzClass 1 (30dBm±2dB) for GSM 1800/1900MHz
  2. Consumption3.5mA @Sleep.Typ.34mA @Idle
  3. SensitivityLTE B1: -101.5dBm (10M)LTE B2: -101dBm (10M)LTE B3: -101.5dBm (10M)LTE B4: -101dBm (10M)LTE B5: -101dBm (10M)LTE B7: -99.5dBm (10M)LTE B8: -101dBm (10M)LTE B12: -101dBm (10M)LTE B13: -100dBm (10M)LTE B20: -102.5dBm (10M)LTE B28: -102dBm (10M)UMTS B1: -110dBmUMTS B2: -110dBmUMTS B4: -110dBmUMTS B5: -110.5dBmUMTS B8: -110.5dBmGSM: -109dBmDCS: -109dBm

Interfaces

  1. USB 2.0 DeviceHigh Speed, 480Mbps
  2. PCM×1, Digital Audio through PCM Interface (Optional)
  3. USIM1.8V/3V
  4. LED_WWAN#Network Status Indication
  5. W_DISABLE#Disable RF Function
  6. UART×1, UART
  7. PERST#Reset Pin

Certification

  1. Approval:FCC/CE/CCC*/SRRC*/NAL*/PTCRB/T&T*/GCF/Verizon*/RCM/Telstra/JATE&TELEC*/KC/SKT*/DOCOMO*/KDDI*
  • * Under development
    EC21 Mini PCIe - IoT/M2M-optimized LTE  Cat.1 Module

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