LTE smart module for AI applications - SC680A - Quectel

October 4, 2022

Quectel Wireless Solutions has released its new SC680A smart module which features broad connectivity options including LTE Cat 6, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 with powerful system performance and rich multimedia functions. The SC680A smart module is targeted towards mid-tier IoT devices including POS and payment terminals, industrial handhelds for logistics and warehousing, in-vehicle infotainment and dashcam solutions as well as micro-mobility applications and small electric cars.

The SC680A module enables a variety of industrial and consumer IoT verticals with high data rate and powerful camera features. The SC680A also has a long lifecycle through to 2028 so that it can satisfy the need for extended hardware availability and help the IoT sector create future-proof IoT solutions.”

Utilizing the Qualcomm QCM4290 platform, Quectel’s SC680A module adopts a customized 64-bit ARM v8.0 compliant octa-core Kryo 260 application processor for increased speed and robust on-device performance. The SC680A module supports multimode LTE Cat 6 cellular networks with short-range wireless communication technologies such as Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac and upgradability to Wi-Fi 6. The L1+L5 dual-band multi-constellation and high-precision GNSS (GPS/ GLONASS/ BDS/ Galileo/ NavIC/ QZSS) receiver is also embedded for optimized positioning services. The Quectel SC680A contains an embedded Android 12 operating system which allows for future iterative upgrades to Android 13 or 14 and are suitable for Google GMS certification. Equipped with a powerful Adreno 610 GPU, the module supports a maximum of four cameras and up to 25 MP dual cameras to work simultaneously.

In order to meet the different needs of various regions around the world, the SC680A family offers multiple variants:

- The SC680A-WF (Wi-Fi & Bluetooth only) for global markets.

- The SC680A-NA for North America. Samples of the SC680A-NA module.

- The SC680A-EM for EMEA, Korea, South Asia, India, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

- Another variant SC680A-JP for the Japanese market.

Designed with pin-to-pin compatibility with Quectel’s previous generation smart modules such as the SC600Y/ SC600T/ SC606T/SC686A series, the SC680A series can help IoT developers upgrade their smart terminals easily and accelerate the time-to-market of their devices.

Quectel is uniquely positioned to help build a smarter world with broad portfolio of IoT solutions and one-stop services. In addition to smart modules spanning across every market segment from entry level to premium tier, Quectel also offers a comprehensive range of high-performance antennas. In particular, Quectel’s range of Combo antennas, which integrate multiple technologies such as 4G, Wi-Fi and GNSS, offer a highly flexible and reliable antenna solution for outdoor applications.



The SC680A series is Quectel’s new generation of multi-mode LTE Cat 6 smart modules with built-in Android OS. Based on Qualcomm octa-core and 64-bit ARM v8.0 compliant application processor with built-in Adreno 610 GPU, the module is designed to support high performance, various multimedia features and Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It is ideal for both industrial and consumer applications, with high data rates and multimedia functions.

The SC680A series supports multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology. The use of multiple antennas at the receiver end on the same frequency band greatly minimizes errors and optimizes the data speed. This module also combines high-speed wireless connectivity with embedded dual-band multi-constellation and high-sensitivity GNSS (GPS/GLONASS/BDS/Galileo/NavIC/QZSS) receiver for positioning.

A rich set of interfaces (such as LCM, camera, touch panel, MIC, SPK, UART, USB, I2C, SPI) allow the module to serve a wide range of M2M applications, including smart POS, smart cash registers, smart home gateways, smart robots, smart wearables, security surveillance, PDA/tablets, vending machines, delivery lockers, police and law enforcement equipment, video streaming and entertainment systems.

Specs of the LTE SC680A Smart Module series

  • LTE Cat 6 smart module with Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 5.0
  • Built-in Android OS
  • 43.0mm × 44.0mm × 2.85mm
  • LCC+LGA package
  • Max. 300Mbps downlink / 50Mbps uplink
  • Operating temperature -35°C to +75°C


Key Features

  • LTE Cat 6 modem supporting 2 × 20MHz carrier aggregation
  • Worldwide LTE, UMTS/HSPA+ and GSM/GPRS/EDGE coverage
  • 4-lane MIPI_DSI for 2520 × 1080 @60fps display
  • Maximum of 4 cameras, supports 2 cameras working simultaneously
  • Dual-band multi-constellation GNSS receiver for applications requiring fast and accurate fixes in any environment
  • Recording and playback of 1080P videos @60fps


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