Quectel aligns with Microsoft and Qualcomm to accelerate IoT offerings, provide full support for Azure device management capabilities

Quectel Wireless, supplier of cellular and GNSS modules, announced that it is collaborating with Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies to integrate its new LPWA module BG95 with Microsoft’s Azure Device SDK to provide direct and secure connections to Azure IoT Hub, and to offer full support for Azure device management capabilities.

The BG95 is a cellular module, based on the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem, to be integrated with Microsoft’s Azure Device SDK. As a result, customers can connect their BG95 devices to the Microsoft Azure cloud where they can build, manage, and deploy IoT solutions at scale, accelerating time to market.

BG95 is a series of multi-mode LPWA modules supporting LTE Cat M1/Cat NB2/EGPRS and integrated GNSS. It is 3GPP Rel. 14 compliant and offers maximum data rates of 588Kbps downlink and 1119Kbps uplink under LTE Cat M1. It features ultra-low power consumption by leveraging the integrated RAM/flash as well as the ARM Cortex A7 processor supporting ThreadX, achieving up to 70 percent reduction in PSM leakage and 85 percent reduction in eDRX current consumption compared to its predecessor.

BG95 comes with a comprehensive set of hardware-based security features and enables trusted applications to run directly on the Cortex A7 TrustZone engine. Additionally, BG95 provides pin-to-pin compatibility with Quectel LTE Cat 4 modules EG91/EG95, LTE Cat M1/Cat NB1/EGPRS module BG96, NB-IoT module BC95, UMTS/HSPA modules UG95/UG96 and GSM/GPRS module M95.

With a cost-effective SMT form factor of 23.6mm × 19.9mm × 2.2mm and high integration level, BG95 enables integrators and developers to easily design their applications and take advantage from the module’s low power consumption and mechanical intensity. Its advanced LGA package allows fully automated manufacturing for high-volume applications. 

Quectel offers one-stop services for IoT cellular modules. Its products have been widely applied in IoT/M2M fields including smart payment, telematics and transport, smart energy, smart cities, security, wireless gateways, industry, healthcare, agriculture, and environment monitoring. 

Targeting global markets, the BG95 module is a cost-optimized, highly-integrated variant supporting Cat M1, Cat NB2, EGPRS and integrated GNSS. The module complies with 3GPP Release 14 and delivers improved capabilities in power consumption, data rates and hardware-based security.

By integrating RAM/flash, an ARM Cortex A7 processor supporting ThreadX, the BG95 is engineered to reduce power consumption significantly in idle mode. By doing this the BG95 has the potential to support decade-plus battery life, which is critical for IoT devices serving long life spans, such as asset trackers, smart meters, smart city sensors, home security and wearable trackers.

Additionally, Azure IoT is built for security. It simplifies the complexity of IoT security solutions with built-in protection at each stage of deployment (including cloud services and devices) and minimizes security weaknesses wherever they exist. Leveraging Azure IoT security features, Quectel BG95 will offer IoT devices end-to-end security capability in order to prevent potential risks.


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