Top 8 5G Modules in 2020

2020 has the year for 5G. We saw 5G networks deployed in multiple countries around the globe. Compared to 4G/LTE, 5G promises to deliver mobile network speeds with a 10x lower latency, 10x higher throughput, and a 3x spectrum efficiency improvement. To deliver these promises, 5G services at different frequencies (low, mid and mmWave) are being deployed around the world.

The shift to 5G wireless networks drives a need for new IC packages and modules in smartphones and other systems. The industry is developing new IC packages for 5G mmWave combining an RF chip and the antenna in the same unit. Today, several companies are developing IC packages and RF modules for 5G mmWave. The 5G industry foresees new technological innovation in the coming years. Keeping this in view, everything RF has compiled a list of the Top 8 5G Modules that were most popular on the website in 2020.

Top 5G Modules in 2020:

EM9190: 5G NR Sub-6 GHz and mm-Wave Module for M2M and IoT Applications

The AirPrime® EM9190 from Sierra Wireless is an Embedded 5G NR and LTE Cat-22 Module that supports Sub-6 GHz and mm-Wave bands. This device is a part of the Sierra EM Series that offers global 5G connectivity. It delivers up to 5.5 Gbps of downlink speed and up to 330 Mbps of uplink speed.The EM9190 device is available in a 30 x 52 x 2.38 mm footprint. With automatic 4G and 3G fallback networks, and a built-in GNSS receiver, it can be used for a wide range of M2M and IoT applications such as industrial routers, home gateways, industrial and consumer laptops, rugged tablet PCs, video surveillance and digital signage. Click here to read details about EM9190.

RM500Q: 5G NR Sub 6 GHz module for IoT and M2M Applications

The RM500Q from Quectel is a 5G NR sub-6 GHz module, compliant with 3GPP Release 15 specifications and capable of both 5G standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes of operation. This module supports LTE Category 22 connectivity with integrated GNSS and eSIM. It optimized specially for IoT/eMBB applications and is ideal for global deployment. The module integrates Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem with RF transceiver, RF Front-End (RFFE) and antenna elements from Qualcomm Technologies. It supports Qualcomm IZat location technology Gen8C Lite (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo). The RM500Q module is designed for enterprise and mobile broadband applications such as fixed wireless access, mobile hotspot devices, Always Connected PCs, and public safety and surveillance applications. Click here to read details about the RM500Q.

SIM8202G-M2: 5G Sub-6 GHz Module for NSA/SA Networks

The SIM8202G-M2 from SIMCom is a Multi-Band 5G module that supports NSA/SA networking and covers most Sub-6GHz (FR1) frequency bands across major network carriers around the world. The module uses a new 4-antenna design, which effectively increases communication capacity, sends and receives data in an active manner, and maintains high data speed and stability. It has a sub-6G downlink data rate of 2.4 Gbps and an uplink data rate of 500 Mbps. This 5G module has a strong extension capability with abundant interfaces including PCIe, USB3.1, GPIO, etc., and supports TCP, IP, IPV4, IPV6, Multi-PDP, FTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, MQTTS, DNS, and SSL3 protocols. It can be widely used in terminals for VR, AR, CPE, IoV, IIoT, and 4K /8K HD video. Click here to read details about the SIM8202G-M2.

FG650: Sub-6 GHz 5G Module for SA and NSA Networks

The FG650 from Fibocom is a high-performance 5G module based on Unisoc’s V510 Chipset. It supports both 5G Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) network architectures, 5G Sub-6 GHz and global mainstream frequency bands. The module is compatible with 5G/LTE/WCDMA multi-network standards and is designed in LGA form factor. The module design is compatible with other 5G modules used in the mainstream market, enabling customers to switch product lines seamlessly. It supports Linux 4.15 and Android 10 operating platforms and also has support for FOAT/DFOTA/VoLTE/Audio/eSIM etc. Click here to read details about the FG650.

ENS22: NB-IoT Wireless Module for 5G Applications

The ENS22 from Gemalto is an NB-IoT wireless module that supports 3GPP Release 14 and delivers Five Band LTE (3, 5, 8, 20, and 28) connectivity with deep indoor coverage and extended the range in rural areas. The module delivers data speeds up to 27 Kbit/s downlink and 63 Kbit/s uplink, making it ideal for long life data-only applications like utility meters and smart city solutions. It has a built-in IP stack which supports a range of internet services protected by an enhanced security concept. It is available in a 27.6 x 18.8 x 2.7 mm surface-mount package.Click here to read details about the ENS22.

QTM527: mm-Wave Antenna Module for 5G Fixed Wireless Access

The QTM527 from Qualcomm is a mmWave Antenna Module designed for 5G fixed wireless access customer premise equipment (CPE). It supports up to 800 MHz bandwidth in the 24.25-27.5, 26.5-29.5 GHz, 27.5-28.35 GHz, and/or 37-40 GHz mmWave spectrum bands. Paired with the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 5G modem, the QTM527 delivers a comprehensive modem-to-antenna system for flexible, cost-effective, high performance 5G mmWave customer-premises equipment (CPE) designs. The QTM527 enables OEMs to quickly develop and launch cost-effective, portable CPEs at scale, which operators can pair with existing 5G infrastructure for rapid broadband deployments that deliver fiber-like connectivity and performance. Click here to read details about the QTM527.

NB02S: LTE Cat NB1/NB2 Module for 5G Massive IoT Applications

The Monarch NB02S from Sequans Communications is an LTE Cat NB1/NB2 module that supports 3GPP LTE Release 14/15 Cat NB1 and NB2 with up to 120.7 kbps DL and 21 kbps UL. It is based on Sequans’ second-generation Monarch N NB-IoT chip that integrates baseband, RF transceiver, and front-end, SE, application MCU, RAM and power management in a single chip. This module has an EAL5+ Secure Element that enables the integration of the SIM inside the module, thereby introducing Module-as-a-SIM™ capability. The EAL5+ Secure Element (SE) provides highest-level, government-grade security for connection and application. This module supports all SIM types, data plans can be offered as part of a total module solution.Click here to read details about the NB02S.

N510M Series: 5G Cellular Module for IoT Applications

The N510M Series from Neoway are 5G Cellular Modules that are designed for IoT applications. These modules support both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) Sub-6 GHz 5Gnetwork deployment. They can deliver a data rate of up to 2 Gbps (downlink) and 1 Gbps (uplink). These 5G/4G/3G multimode modules support a wide range of frequency bands and have excellent RF performance. They support high-speed interfaces such as PCIe and USB 3.1 to meet the requirements for ultra-high-speed data transmission in eMBB scenario. These cellular modules are an optimal solution for consumer electronics, smart energy, industrial control, and smart transportation applications. Click here to read details about the N510M Series.

NOTE: This list has been compiled based on actual analytics data from everything RF. It consists of the products that were most viewed by users on everything RF in a specific category in 2020 (not in any specific order). We have limited the number of products shown for each company to 1, even if there were multiple products from a single company. 

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