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BC68

Ultra-compact Multi-band NB-IoT Module

BC68 is a high-performance NB-IoT module which supports multiple frequency bands of B1/B3/B5/B8/B20/B28 with extremely low power consumption. The ultra-compact 17.7mm × 15.8mm × 2.0mm form factor makes it a perfect choice for size sensitive applications. Designed to be compatible with Quectel GSM/GPRS M66 module in the compact and unified form factor, it provides a flexible and scalable platform for migrating from GSM/GPRS to NB-IoT networks.

BC68 adopts surface mounted technology, making it an ideal solution for durable and rugged designs. The low profile and small size of LCC package allow BC68 to be easily embedded into space-constrained applications and provide reliable connectivity with the applications. This kind of package is ideally suited for large-scale manufacturing which has strict requirements for cost and efficency.

Due to compact form factor, ultra-low power consumption and extended temperature range, BC68 is the best choice for a wide range of IoT applications, such as smart metering, bike sharing, smart parking, smart city, security and asset tracking, home appliances, agricultural and environmental monitoring, etc. It is able to provide a complete range of SMS* and data transmission services to meet client-side demands.

Key benefits

  • Compact-sized multi-band NB-IoT module
  • Ultra-low power consumption
  • Super high sensitivity
  • LCC package makes it easy for large volume manufacturing
  • Compatible with Quectel GSM/GPRS module, easy for future upgrading
  • Embedded with abundant Internet service protocols
  • Fast time-to-market: Reference designs, evaluation tools and timely technical support minimize design-in time and development efforts

Features

  1. Frequency Bands
    B1 @H-FDD: 2100MHz B3 @H-FDD: 1800MHz B8 @H-FDD: 900MHz B5 @H-FDD: 850MHz B20 @H-FDD: 800MHz B28 @H-FDD: 700MHz

Data

  1. Data TransmissionSingle Tone: UL: 15,625kbps; DL: 25,2kbpsMulti Tone: UL: 54kbps; DL: 25,2kbps
  2. Protocol StacksIPv4/IPv6/UDP/CoAP/LwM2M/Non-IPDTLS/TCPMQTT*
  3. Download MethodUARTDFOTA

SMS

  1. Point-to-point MO and MTText*/PDU Mode

Electrical Characteristics

  1. Maximum Output Power23dBm ±2dB
  2. Sensitivity-129dBm ±1dB
  3. Power Consumption (Typical)3uA @PSM2mA @Idle Mode, DRX=1.28sLTE Cat NB1 Connectivity:250mA @Radio Transmission, 23dBm (B1/B3)220mA @Radio Transmission, 23dBm (B8/B5/B20)280mA @Radio Transmission, 23dBm (B28)130mA @Radio Transmission, 12dBm (B1/B3/B8/B5/B20/B28)70mA @Radio Reception, 0dBm (B1/B3/B8/B5/B20/B28)60mA @Radio Reception

Enhanced Features

  1. DFOTADelta Firmware Upgrade Over-the-air
  2. RAIRelease Assistance Indication
  3. ECID*Enhanced Cell ID
  4. OTDOA*Observed Time Difference of Arrival

Interfaces

  1. USIMx1 Supports 1.8V/3.0V USIM Card
  2. UARTx2
  3. ADC*x1
  4. RESETx1
  5. Antennax1

General Features

  1. LCC Package
  2. 58 Pins
  3. Supply Voltage Range3.1V~4.2V, 3.6V Typ.
  4. Temperature Range-40°C ~ +85°C
  5. Dimension17.7 × 15.8 × 2.0mm
  6. Weight1.1g±0.2g
  7. AT Command3GPP TS 27.007 V14.3.0 (2017-03) and Quectel Enhanced AT Commands

Certification

  1. ApprovalsRoHs Compliant/ Deutsche Telekom/ CE*/ GCF*/ ATEX* (Europe)/ Telefónica* (Spain)/ RCM* (Australia)
  • * Under development
    BC68 - Ultra-compact Multi-band  NB-IoT Module

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    Quectel BC68 Specification V1.6 (541.2 KB)
    Quectel BC68 Reference Design V1.2 (342.1 KB)
    Quectel BC68 TE-B User Guide V1.1 (821.7 KB)
    Quectel BC66 & BC68 & M66 Compatible Design V1.1 (864.8 KB)
    Quectel BC68 Hardware Design V1.3 (641.1 KB)
    Quectel BC95 & BC95-G & BC68 Application Design Guide V1.1 (232.1 KB)
    Quectel BC95 & BC95-G & BC68 Low Power Design Guide V1.1 (312.4 KB)
    Quectel BC95-G & BC68 AT Commands Manual V1.4 (958.6 KB)
    Quectel BC95 & BC95-G & BC68 RAI Application Note V1.0 (158.1 KB)
    Quectel BC95-G&BC68 CoAP Application Note V1.0 (324 KB)
    Quectel BC95-G&BC68 MQTT Application Note V1.0 (340 KB)
    Quectel BC95-G & BC68 Firmware Upgrade User Guide V1.0 (656.3 KB)
    Quectel BC95-G & BC68 UEMonitor User Guide V1.0 (518.2 KB)
    Quectel BC68 & M66 Compatible Design V1.0 (577 KB)
    Quectel Antenna Design Note V2.0 (1 MB)
    Quectel QFlash User Guide V2.3 (1.7 MB)
    Quectel Module Secondary SMT User Guide V2.4 (886.5 KB)
    Quectel BC68 CE(RED) Certificate (205.1 KB)
    Quectel BC68 Deutsche Telekom Certificate (1.3 MB)
    Quectel BC68 IMDA Certificate (59.9 KB)
    Quectel BC68 RCM Certificate (240.7 KB)
    Quectel LPWA Module Product Overview V2.2 (5.2 MB)
    Quectel LTE Module Product Overview V1.9 (3.1 MB)
    Quectel NB-IoT Module BC95-G & BC68 Product Overview V1.6 (4.7 MB)
    Quectel Products Portfolio Overview V2.5 (7.9 MB)
    Quectel BC68 Firmware Release Notes V0109 (759.9 KB)

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    Universal Firmware Update Tool QFlash V4.14 (38.4 MB)
    UEMonitor 3.17.0.13 (6.1 MB)
    UEUpdaterUI 3.22.0.14 (4.8 MB)
    BC68-JA Firmware BC68JAR01A09 (2.1 MB)

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