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Quectel's New FCM360W Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Module for Industrial Developers

By Alex Passett
June 14, 2023

Pre-paid IoT connectivity for EU markets, an Amazon Sidewalk-compatible module, additional launches (FGH100M Wi-Fi HaLow module, CC200A-LB satellite module, etc.) and a partnership with the Wi-Fi innovators at Morse Micro. That’s just some of what’s been on the 2023 docket from Quectel, a global solutions provider for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Now, Quectel has launched its latest FCM360W Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth module.

“The FCM360W is one of our most advanced Wi-Fi 5 & Bluetooth modules,” explained Quectel Field Application Engineer, Miloje Zecevic. “This cutting-edge module boasts a high-performance processor, and it supports our QuecOpen solution.” (QuecOpen is a solution that simplifies the development of IoT applications and streamlines hardware structure design, thus reducing product costs.)

FCM360W Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth is a versatile blend of memory, processing power, and secure connectivity. The specifics of its features include:

  • Large memory (including 512KB SRAM and 4MB of flash memory)
  • Processor with a frequency of up to 240MHz (and it supports IEEE 802.1 1b/g/n/ax protocol and Bluetooth 5.1)
  • WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK and WPA3-PSK security standards (and it provides 128-bit AES encryption)
  • Operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C
  • Antenna options that include RF coaxial connector, external antenna pin or PCB antenna
  • Multiple interface support (i.e. ART, SPI, I2C, I2S, ADC and PWM), plus other low-power consumption modes and keep-alive mechanisms for many IoT/IIoT use cases
  • Allows for multi-channel SSL connections and a local cache of large amounts of data (making it especially suitable for photovoltaic inverters, energy storage batteries and other smart devices that require long-term data monitoring

Additionally, Quectel’s FCM360W module is offered in the LCC form factor (with an ultra-compact package size), providing great flexibility for IIoT developers.

Echoing this is Norbert Muhrer, Quectel’s President and CSO:

“We’re proud to launch the Quectel FCM360W to help enable a wide range of smart home and industrial IoT devices,” Muhrer said. “By bringing together Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 in a compact form factor while still including its processor and large memory, we’re providing a greater range of choices for industrial developers and device OEMs.”

Additional specs (and info directly from Zecevic) can be found here.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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