In the era of digital economy, 5g communication, aiot and other technologies are also accelerating the integration while developing. With the rise of 5g + aiot technology, the market demand for 5g intelligent products is growing. At the same time, 5g intelligence of communication module has also become a trend, deepening and expanding to various application fields.
▲ IOT cellular module 1.0 ~ 3.0
Cellular module 1.0:
For the traditional IOT cellular module, the module manufacturer only provides a modem carrier that can be used for voice or data transmission. It exists as an option in the design of end customers. We call it the era of cellular module 1.0;
Cellular module 2.0:
In the continuous technological evolution and customer demand changes, many customers propose to further develop the original pure data transmission module and gradually turn the module from a closed system into an open scheme, which is commonly known as open CPU. Further release the arm architecture capability of the module itself, and support the standard API interface, so that end customers can adapt the module to support simple peripherals. We call it the era of cellular module 2.0;
Cellular module 3.0:
Once, Symbian and windows occupied a dominant position in smart phones, while the subsequent Android system phased out some old operating systems with its revolutionary innovation. At present, it has formed a tripartite state: Android, apple IOS and harmony OS. Due to the open source characteristics of Android, the demand for intelligent IOT also follows. Users hope to customize the customer interface, implant customized app, access different display devices, carry out face recognition / face payment, and carry out multimedia video interaction We call the evolution of this technology the era of cellular module 3.0.
▲ MEG intelligent 5g / 4G intelligent module family photo
What is an intelligent module?
The intelligent module has the characteristics of communication module and supports 5g / 4G / 3G / 2G Wan access. At the same time, the intelligent module comes with complex operating systems such as Android and harmonyos, with an open and safe software environment; With CPU and GPU computing power, it is highly integrated and supports GNSS, Wi Fi 4 / 5 / 6 and BT / ble. The intelligent module has rich interfaces and can expand complex peripherals, such as LCM / TP / camera and other peripherals, as well as multi-channel UART / IIC / SPI, which is convenient for users to connect various sensors, NFC, terminal scanning, fingerprint identification and other external expansion equipment in series. Compared with the traditional AP + modem matching method, the intelligent module has smaller size and better price.
The past and present life of MEG intelligent module
▲ MEG intelligent first generation intelligent module: slm753
In 2014, MEG smart team designed the first 4G smart module slm753, which uses Qualcomm msm8916 platform. This SOC chip is also one of the most successful 4G chips in Qualcomm’s history. The size is 38 * 43mm. The module is widely used in VoIP walkie talkie, intelligent logistics terminal, intelligent POS equipment, vehicle entertainment and other fields. Slm753 has a life cycle of six years and has sold more than 3 million pieces. As of today, it is still doing maintenance for some end customers.
▲ the first generation of smart computing module: slm758
In 2017, MEG smart launched the first generation of intelligent computing module – slm758. The module adopts the platform of Qualcomm msm8953 (sd625 / 626), supports Qualcomm snpe neuron algorithm and 0.2-0.5t intelligent computing power. The module is equipped with third-party ADAS / DMS algorithm, and lays out a variety of terminal products in the fields of face recognition, face payment, fatigue monitoring, dangerous behavior prediction and so on. In the national installation of 4G dynamic video monitoring system for “two passengers and one danger” special vehicles, this intelligent computing module of MEG intelligence has also contributed to the country. As of today, the module has shipped more than 3 million pieces.
▲ MEG intelligent new generation 5g high computing power intelligent module family:
Srm900, srm900l, srm910 and srm930
From 2020 to 2021, MEG smart launched the first generation of 5g high computing power intelligent modules srm900l, srm900, srm910 and srm930, forming a full coverage of “low, medium and high” 5g high computing power intelligent modules. The computing power ranges from 2T to 14T. The four modules are compatible with the design of peripheral hardware of the module, greatly improving the flexibility of customer selection.
It is worth mentioning that the representative srm900 selects Qualcomm sm6350 platform and supports X51 modem. The CPU adopts 8nm FinFET process, built-in 64bit arm V8 core, kyro 560 (2 * a77 2.0GHz & 6 * A55 1.7GHz), built-in Adreno GPU 619 and v66a 1.2Ghz + Dual hvx, can be equipped with algorithms with higher AI computing power, supports decode / encode up to 4K 30fps and h.265, is equipped with Android 11 operating system, the built-in board memory of the module is 64GB + 4GB (or 128GB + 6GB), and supports 5g NR sub-6ghz, Support DL 4×4 MIMO, UL 1×1 MIMO, NSA and SA, and broadband intelligent wireless communication module integrating L1 + L5 GPS, 2×2 MIMO and ax ready Wi Fi.
The latest srm930 launched this year is based on Qualcomm 5g SOC qcm6490 platform and adopts Qualcomm kryo ™ 6xx CPU (1 * A78 2.7ghz + 3 * A78 2.4GHz + 6 * A55 1.9GHz), 6nm FinFET process, 64bit arm V8 core. Built in Adreno ™ GPU 635 supports OpenGL es 3.2, vulkan1. X and OpenCL 2.0. The module has built-in AI processors dual hvx and 4K HMX, and the AI computing power exceeds 14 tops. Built in Adreno ™ Vpu 633 supports up to 4K 30 video coding or 4K 60 video decoding, and supports h.264/h.265. The module is equipped with Android 11 operating system, with built-in storage of 64GB + 4GB (or 128GB + 6GB), supports 5g NR sub-6ghz, DL 4×4 MIMO, UL 1×1 MIMO, NSA and SA, L1 + L5 GPS, 2×2 MIMO, Wi Fi 6e and BT 5.2 functions.
In the future, the smart upgrading of intelligent industrial chain with 5g + aiot as the core will be accelerated, and cellular module 4.0 / 5.0 will be gradually realized in the future. As the leader of intelligent modules and solutions and the world’s leading provider of wireless communication modules and solutions, MEG intelligent will continue to maintain the leading edge in the intelligent module industry, increase the R & D investment and promotion of new products, and help the video recorder, intelligent cockpit, intelligent POS cash register, logistics terminal under 5g network with intelligent modules + customized solutions of Internet of things Intelligent upgrading of VR camera, intelligent robot, video monitoring, security monitoring, intelligent information acquisition equipment, intelligent handheld terminal, UAV and other industries.