Last updated January, 2021
This chart was last updated December 22nd, 2020.

To help in choosing the correct cellular module for your application, see the Thales Cellular  Module Comparison chart below.

Feature/Property

EHS5

EHS6, EHS83

ELS61, ELS81 4, 5

ELS31

EMS31

Cinterion® ENS22

EXS82

Operating temperature -30°C … +85°C (-20 for BGS12)
Extended temperature -40°C … +90°C (-40°C … +85°C for Cinterion® ENS22)
Automatic shutdown at board temperature <-40°C and >+90°C (<-40°C and >+85°C for Cinterion® ENS22, as well as >+95°C for BGS12)
USB interface USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbit/s) device interface, full speed compliant USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbit/s) device interface, full speed compliant USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbit/s) device interface, full speed compliant USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbit/s) device interface, full speed compliant Not supported Not supported USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbit/s) device interface, full speed compliant For debugging purposes only
UICC interface SIM/USIM: 3V, 1.8V. SIM/USIM: 3V, 1.8V. SIM/USIM: 3V, 1.8V. SIM/USIM: 3V, 1.8V. SIM/USIM: 3V, 1.8V. SIM/USIM: 3V, 1.8V. Cinterion® ENS22-E Rel.1.1: Not supported with eSIM option SIM/USIM 1.8V
Audio interfaces
Analog audio Not supported Not supported EHS6-A: One balanced audio interface Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported
Digital audio Supported See Section 3.3.18 Supported See Section 3.3.18 Not supported ELS61-E R2, ELS61-USA: Supported See Section 3.3.18 Not supported (Hardware prepared for future use) ELS31-VA: supported See Section 3.3.18 Not supported Not supported Not supported
Other interfaces
RTC backup Yes VDDLP 1V…1.9V Yes VDDLP 1V…1.9V Yes VDDLP 1V…1.9V Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported
GPIO interface 17 GPIO: 17 GPIO shared (ASC0, ASC1, DAI, SPI, LED, PWM, FST_SHDN, Counter) 22 GPIO: 17 GPIO shared (ASC0, ASC1, DAI, SPI, LED, PWM, HSIC, FST_SHDN, Counter) 5 GPIO not shared 22 GPIO: 13 GPIO shared (ASC0, ASC1, SPI, LED, PWM, Counter, FST_SHDN) 9 GPIO not shared 20 GPIO: 17 GPIO + 3 GPO shared (ASC0, ASC1, SPI, LED, Counter, FST_SHDN) 3 GPIO not shared 20 GPIO shared with Serial Interface SPI 13 GPIO: 10 GPIO shared (I2C, ASC0, ASC1,SPI) 3 GPIO not shared Cinterion® ENS22-E Rel.1.1: 8 GPIO shared (I2C, ASC0, ASC1,SPI) 5 GPIO not shared Not supported with Rel.1, but hardware prepared
SDIO Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported (only as module wakeup line) Not supported Not supported Not supported
ADC 10bit, 0…1.2V 10bit, 0…1.2V 10bit, 0…1.2V 10bit, 0…2.0V 10bit, 0…1.9V Not supported 15bit, 0.1V… 1.7V
Ignition signal ON: High pulse ~60µs AUTO_ON: Low level ON: High pulse ~60µs AUTO_ON: Low level ON: Rising edge (high pulse) ON: Rising edge (high pulse) ON: Rising edge (high pulse) ON: Rising edge (high pulse) ON: Rising edge
Reset Signal Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported
I2C Interface I2C at dedicated lines I2C at dedicated lines I2C at dedicated lines I2C at dedicated lines Supported Supported Cinterion® ENS22-E Rel.1.1: Not supported Not supported with Rel.1, but hardware prepared
SPI Interface SPI shared with GPIOs SPI shared with GPIOs SPI shared with GPIOs SPI at dedicated lines and shared with GPIOs Supported Supported Cinterion® ENS22-E Rel.1.1: Not supported Not supported with Rel.1, but hardware prepared
HSIC Interface Not supported Supported Not supported (Hardware prepared for future use) Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported
Fast shutdown signal Shared with GPIO Shared with GPIO Shared with GPIO Shared with GPIO Shared with GPIO Not supported Dedicated line
GNSSS Not supported EHS6: Not supported EHS8: GPS supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
UMTS/HSPA Supported Supported ELS61-US(A)/ELS81-E/-US: Supported ELS61-E: Not supported ELS61-E R2: Supported ELS61-E2: Not supported ELS61-AUS: Supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported
EGPRS Multislot class 12 Multislot class 12 ELS61-US: Not supported ELS61-E/-E R2/ELS81-E: Supported ELS61-E2: Supported ELS61-AUS: Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Multislot class 10
GPRS Multislot class 12 Multislot class 12 ELS61-US: Not supported ELS61-E/-E R2/ELS81-E: Supported ELS61-E2: Supported ELS61-AUS: Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Multislot class 10
LTE Cat. NB1 Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Supported Supported
LTE Cat. NB2 Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Supported
Software For software-related differences please refer to [2].
General Properties
Power supply ratings For details see Section 3.2.4. Normal operation: -30°C to +85°C Extended operation: -40°C to +90°C (+85°C for Cinterion® EXS82)
Operating temperature (board temperature)
Dimensions 27.6 x 18.8 x 2.2mm 27.6 x 25.4 x 2.2mm 27.6 x 25.4 x 2.2mm 27.6 x 18.8 x 2.1mm 27.6 x 18.8 x 2.05mm 27.6 x 18.8 x 2.5mm 27.6 x 18.8 x 2.3mm
3GPP technology 2G / 3G 2G / 3G 2G / 3G / 4G (Cat 1) 4G (Cat 1) 4G (Cat M1) 4G (Cat NB1) 2G / 4G (Cat M1+Cat NB1/2)
Frequency bands GSM EHS5-US: Dual band 850/1900 Quad band 850/900/1800/1900 ELS61-E/-E R2/-E2/ ELS81-E: Dual band: 900/1800 Not supported Not supported Not supported Quad band 850/900/1800/1900
EHS5-E: Dual band 900/1800
Frequency bands UMTS EHS5-US: Dual band 850/1900 Five band 800/850/900/1900/ 2100 ELS61-E R2, ELS81-E: Dual Band 900/2100 Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported
EHS5-E: Dual band 900/2100 ELS61-US(A) / ELS81-US: Tri band 850/AWS/1900
ELS61-AUS: Tri band 850/900/2100
Frequency bands LTE Not supported Not supported ELS61-US(A): Quad band: 700/850/AWS/1900 (Bd2, Bd4, Bd5, Bd12) ELS61-E/-E R2: Quad band 800/900/1800/2100 (Bd1, Bd3, Bd8, Bd20) ELS31-V, ELS31-VA: Dual Band: 700/1700 (Bd4, Bd13) ELS31-J: Tri Band: 800/850/2100 (Bd1, Bd18, Bd19) EMS31-V: Dual Band: Half-Duplex-FDD 700/AWS (Bd4, Bd13) EMS31-US: Tri Band: Half-Duplex-FDD 700/AWS/1900 (Bd2, Bd4, Bd12) Penta band (LTE Cat NB1): 1800/850/900/800/750 (Bd3, Bd5, Bd8, Bd20, Bd28) LTE Cat M1 Bands: 700 (Bd12, Bd13, Bd14, Bd28, Bd85), 800 (Bd18, Bd19, Bd20, Bd26, Bd27), 850 (Bd5), 900 (Bd8), 1700 (Bd66), AWS (Bd4), 1800 (Bd3), 1900 (Bd2, Bd25), 2100 (Bd1)
ELS61-E2/ELS81-E: Penta band 700/800/900/1800/ 2100 (Bd1, Bd3, Bd8, Bd20, Bd28) ELS61-AUS: Quad band 700/850/900/1800 (Bd3, Bd5, Bd8, Bd28) LTE Cat NB1/2 Bands: 700 (Bd12, Bd13, Bd28, Bd85), 800 (Bd18, Bd19, Bd20, Bd26), 850 (Bd5), 900 (Bd8), 1700 (Bd66), AWS (Bd4), 1800 (Bd3), 1900 (Bd2, Bd25), 2100 (Bd1)
Output Power
GSM 850/900 +33dBm +33dBm +33dBm -- -- -- +33dBm
GSM 1800/1900 +30dBm +30dBm +30dBm -- -- -- +30dBm
UMTS +24dBm +24dBm +23.5dBm -- -- -- --
LTE NB-IoT -- -- -- -- +23dBm -- +23dBm -- +23dBm -- -- +23dBm +20dBm +20dBm
Antenna Single 50Ω Single 50Ω Dual 50Ω, Main, Rx Diversity Dual 50Ω, Main, Rx Diversity Single 50Ω Single 50Ω Single 50Ω Main (plus GNSS antenna)
Interface Properties
Serial interfaces
ASC0 8 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 1,200 to 921,600bps Autobauding: 1,200 to 230,400bps Flow control: RTS0/CTS0 8 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 1,200 to 921,600bps Autobauding: 1,200 to 230,400bps Flow control: RTS0/CTS0 8 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 1,200 to 3Mbit Autobauding: 1,200 to 230,400bps Flow control: RTS0/CTS0 8 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 4,800 to 921,600bps default: 115,200bps Flow control: RTS0/CTS0 8 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 4,800 to 3,686,400 bps default: 115,200bps Flow control: RTS0/CTS0 8 wire, Level: 3.0V Baudrate: 1,200 to 921,600bps default: 115,200bps Flow control: RTS0/CTS0 8 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 300 to 921,600bps default: 115,200bps Flow control: RTS0/CTS0
ASC1 4 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 1,200 to 921,600bps Autobauding: 1,200 to 230,400bps Flow control: RTS1/CTS1 4 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 1,200 to 921,600bps Autobauding: 1,200 to 230,400bps Flow control: RTS1/CTS1 4 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 1,200 to 921,600bps Autobauding: 1,200 to 230,400bps Flow control: RTS1/CTS1 4 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 4,800 to 921,600bps Flow control: RTS1/CTS1 4 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 4,800 to 3,686,400 bps Flow control: RTS1/CTS1 4 wire, Level: 3.0V Baudrate: 1,200 to 921,600bps Flow control: RTS1/CTS1 4 wire, Level: 1.8V Baudrate: 300 to 921,600bps Flow control: RTS1/CTS1
ASC2 Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported

About Thales Cinterion Modules

What is a Cinterion IoT module?

 

Thales makes Cinterion modules, a small electronic device embedded in objects, machines, and things connected to wireless networks and sends and receives data. Sometimes referred to as a "radio chip" or "IoT chip," the IoT module contains the same technology and data circuits found in mobile phones but without features like a display or keypad. IoT modules is that they provide always-on connectivity- IoT applications need to send data automatically, in real-time, without someone hitting a send button. They are engineered for extreme durability and longevity. 

Why is durability so crucial in IoT chips?

 

Unlike consumer devices typically carried by the end-user and used in controlled environments, IoT devices are often deployed in extreme environments and far-flung locations like shipping containers or under seawater in harbour management solutions. IoT environments can be tremendously demanding with extreme temperatures, vibration, and humidity. See our chart below to see these specifications.

Hardware & Software Related Differences 

 

This chart focuses on hardware differences between BGS1, BGS12, BGS2, BGS5, EHS5, EHS6, EHS8, ELS31, ELS61, ELS81, EMS31, Cinterion® ENS22 and EXS82. For a complete overview of all AT command differences between BGS1, BGS12, BGS2, EHSx, ELSx, EMS31, Cinterion® ENS22, and EXS82, please refer to this Thales Module Datasheet. 

Which wireless technology standard is best?

 

IoT modules and IoT terminals use a variety of wireless technologies to stay seamlessly and securely connected. 

These range from:

  • 5G, 4G and 3G cellular solutions for high bandwidth applications like connected cars, 
  • to Low-Power, Wide-Area (LPWAN) solutions such as MTC (Machine Type Communication), 
  • Bluetooth and LoRa are used for intelligent road systems, smart city applications, and enterprise applications. 

Selecting the IoT device with the best features, bandwidth and price point for each case is an essential step toward achieving business and revenue goals.

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