New LTE Modules Developed Specifically for CBRS Applications

Sequans has introduced two new modules optimized for the design of devices for LTE CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) networks. The CB610L and CB410L are the first two modules designed from the ground up to enable easy and massive deployment of IoT devices on private LTE CBRS networks.

They are cost-effective modules that can support a wide range of medium data rate applications - including industrial IoT and M2M devices, gateways, and broadband consumer devices - and the very small form factor LCC package enables easy mounting into small and thin devices or mini-PCI or M.2 NGFF carriers.

According to Mobile Experts - Key building blocks for the CBRS market have been solidified, which means the market is ready for a commercial rollout beyond trials. They expect a surge in small cell shipments between 2020 and 2023 - an annual shipment of about 400,000 small cells and radios will result in sales of over $900 million, and more than 550 million handsets, CPEs, and IoT devices cumulatively shipped during that time.

Sequans is a member of the CBRS Alliance, an industry organization dedicated to supporting the development, commercialization, and adoption of LTE solutions for the US 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service. 

Sequans CBRS  Modules Product Features:

  • Available in two versions:         
    • CB610L for LTE Cat 6          
    • CB410L for LTE Cat 4          
  • All-in-one standalone module solutions      
  • Easy integration into IoT, M2M, and broadband devices      
  • 3GPP Release 10      
  • Small LCC (leadless chip carrier) package, 32 x 29 mm      
  • Supports CBRS networks in USA on LTE band 48, and MNO networks worldwide on LTE bands 42/43      
  • Includes drivers for all major host operating systems      
  • Includes a comprehensive set of interfaces      

The CB610L and CB410L modules are based on Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced platform, which is compliant with 3GPP Release 10 specifications. Cassiopeia supports a frequency range from 170 MHz up to 3.8 GHz and highly flexible dual-carrier aggregation that allows the combination of any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each, contiguous or non-contiguous, inter-band or intra-band. Cassiopeia also includes Sequans’ advanced receiver technology for improved performance. 

CB610L and CB410L are ideal for adding LTE connectivity to electronics devices for industrial Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and broadband consumer applications. The LCC package allows for a cost-efficient platform and simple PCB design. The modules support a wide variety of interfaces, including USB 2.0 host and device, SDIO 3.0 host, USIM, UARTs, GPIOs, SPI and I2S/PCMTDM for audio.