Spotlight on u-blox

u-blox – Investing in R&D to provide products and solutions for the Internet of Things – and everybody in the world.

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u-blox supplies wireless chips and modules for a wide range of applications in Automotive, Industrial and Consumer. In particular, we are focused on the what we call the Internet of Things (IoT) which really matter. What we mean by this is those applications which demand high levels of reliability and robustness, such as Smart Cities, Home automation and Health monitoring.

We see IoT as the most significant trend since the launch of the mobile phone. In essence, we are on the brink of a new world where every object (and human) we interact with will be networked globally (ie able to communicate with any other entity) in order to share information (sensor data, GPS location, status, internet / media content) in order to provide seamless experiences, in-built intelligence and automated operation. Visit for more information.

Due mainly to the emergence of LTE, we have seen broadband data use expand massively in the last 10 years, becoming today a mostly mobile experience. We are now seeing LTE revolutionise low bandwidth, low cost, low power communications, with the advent of LTE CAM-M and Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT). These technologies have been derived on the back of LTE and will be central to the upcoming 5G cellular networks, allowing multiple tiers of low latency, data communications to co-exist in the same cellular spectrum covering applications from 4k video streaming into the home and autonomous vehicles comm’s and control right down to remote electricity meter reading and wrist wearable people tracking (eg for children or senior citizens).

u-blox has grown significantly over the last ten years and our endeavours in the cellular market have been instrumental in this trend. Our 2015 revenue was up 25% YoY to CHF 338 m and our gross profit was CHF 155 m. With an EBIT of 15%, and strong net cash, u-blox is well positioned for future growth, both organically and through acquisition.

We see strong growth opportunities in IoT as companies are increasingly confronted with new business models and the need to connect more and more devices to the Internet – both high and low data rates – in order to streamline the management of a virtually infinite range of applications. We are growing our product range and engineering teams to meet this need and contributing toward the definition of new standards for next generation short range and cellular applications. Especially in 3GPP LTE CAT-M and the recent NB-IoT initiatives.

An example of our recent success was the launch of a new cellular module for residential and industrial gas metering applications. SARA G350 ATEX is certified according to the EU ATEX directive, which defines requirements for use in potentially explosive environments. We collaborated with one of the market leaders in smart gas metering; Pietro Fiorentini to develop a product that would guarantee secure and high quality wireless communication in smart gas metering applications where power efficiency, as well as product robustness and reliability are crucial. Although the current device uses 2G, we are already planning a follow-on exploiting LTE CAT-M or Narrowband IoT (NB IoT).

u-blox has three parallel product centres and I am responsible for market development in our cellular business. This is a challenging role, which begins with building an understanding of the market, key trends and players, whilst also being cognisant of what u-blox can and can’t do; what drives us and how we can add value; in essence, our value proposition. Combining these two allows me to create a business / market strategy and then drive that into product management and development. A large part of the role is also business development; a combination of promotion and selling what we can do to customers, whilst listening to their needs. This completes the circle of market -> product -> customer -> business.

u-blox offers an interesting working environment, due to a diverse and dynamic mix of cultures and locations. We currently have 750 staff in 18 countries, working in all aspects of engineering, marketing and sales. We have ongoing recruitment opportunities in the UK and Ireland; Cambridge, Reigate and Cork and run a number of events annually. We are in the process of booking this year’s events right now. Last year, we held events in Cambridge, Cork and at Nottingham and Surrey Universities and at Trinity college, Dublin. More info here:

I try to make as many CW events as I can, for two reasons; the useful insights into various emerging technologies, companies and industries gained by attending SIG events and the excellent networking opportunities throughout. Attendees are a great mix of senior decision makers, influential industry figures and key technical staff . I sometimes hear comments about the “usual suspects” appearing, however, mixing with a core group of regular attendees as strong as these is always a rewarding experience.

Due to the benefits we gain from this involvement in CW events, we are also a strong supporter of the Future of Wireless International Conference and I am in fact involved in organising this year’s event at the IET in London. We are pleased to be sponsors again this year and I can promise an exciting showcase of IoT technology at the event – watch this space!

Written by Charles Sturman, Director of Market Development – Consumer IoT, u-blox

nRF51822 now available as ultra- thin CSP variant

The award winning nRF51822 is now available as an ultra-thin Chip Scale Package) CSP variant. Measuring just 3.38mm x 3.38mm and with a height profile (including ball grid array) of just 0.35mm it is tiny, tiny enough to fulfill the requirements of the smartcard industry for example.

Size matters

As the world of Bluetooth Smart connectivity broadens ever further so do the demands placed on PCB real estate designers. Everything is getting smaller, ICs, supporting components and the overall designs are cramming more into less. For the smartcard industry there are absolute demands on size so that cards can fit reading machines etc. In wearables every square mm of PCB space it at a premium and so all savings no matter how trivial they may immediately seem are a boon.

Next generation wearables

Wearables is a pretty broad catch-all description for a surprisingly wide range of applications. When one thinks of this market the likes of FitBit and Jawbone, Polar and Pebble watches immediately spring to mind, but I can assure you that’s just one sub-segment of the wearables pie. We are seeing notification rings, jewelry and even moves into embedded electronic apparel. These applications are particularly sensitive to size, most especially the height of the electronics. At 0.35mm the classic nRF51822 can be realistically embedded into fabrics even and this is opening up very exciting new wearables territory.

It’s still the classic nRF51822

The thin CSP variant is the same SoC without compromise it has 256kB of flash and 32kB of RAM on chip. It still supports the S130 multi-role concurrent operation SoftDevice, and the nRF5 SDKs. When you know you need an nRF51822, you’ve just got to go smaller, this is your device of choice.

Qorvo RF FLEX™


RF Flex™

Adaptability. Scalability. Ease of use.

The Qorvo® RF Flex™ family of products delivers these benefits for 4G LTE mobile devices, to provide regional phone designers with flexible RF front-end architectures targeted for rapidly changing markets.

Leveraging Qorvo’s industry-leading product and technology portfolio and deep systems-level expertise, RF Flex integrates core cellular transmit and receive functionality into high-performance modules to deliver best-in-class performance in a small solution size.

RF Flex™ Gen 2 Solutions

  • Pin-compatible transmit module and multiband PA module options
  • Low-loss integrated antenna switch for single antenna architecture
  • Optimized for 3-mode to 5-mode LTE requirements
  • Product line includes: RF5210, RF5216, RF5410, RF5418, RF5419

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RF Flex™ Gen 3 Solutions

Changing operator requirements for bands
and CA combinations complicate design decisionsRF Flex Provides Adaptability & Scalability

  • Pin-compatible transmit module and multiband PA module options
  • Low-loss antenna switch/diplexer for single- or dual-antenna architectures
  • Performance optimized for global carrier aggregation requirements
  • Product line includes: RF5228, RF5238, RF5422, RF5423, RF5426, RF5427

Teledyne Relays – All Current New Products

Teledyne Relays, over the past year, have expanded our product lines to meet current and future market requirements. Our excellence in engineering ground breaking technology has been extensive for more than 60 years and we have continued this feat with our latest range of products.

We have released two new families into our EMR product lines; the RF121/GRF121 & RF700/RF703.

The 121 series boast excellent frequency handling capabilities; up to 16GHz, making it ideal for all X-Band systems, HF Spread Radios, ATE and many other applications. Reliable switching is ensured by precious gold-plated metal alloy contacts.

Our RF700/RF703 was designed with High Repeatability, due to the uniframe motor design, and Broader Bandwidth (Than its little brother, RF300). These DC-4GHz EMR’s are ideal for applications such as RF Attenuation, RF Switch Matrices, ATE and many others. Options for coil suppression diodes are available for applications where the control circuits could be liable to back EMF damage.

We have release a new family to our coaxial switching lines; our CCR-48K/CR-48K. This SPmT (m=3-6) switch has frequency handling of DC-40GHz and boasts excellent RF Characteristics. It comes as standard with 2.92mm K-Connectors to enable excellent performance in the higher frequencies of its bandwidth. Suitable for operation with TTL Drivers and D-Sub Connectors, options available. Also, the option for coil suppression diodes and moisture seals are available.

Ideal for applications such as Electronic Warfare, ATE Systems and Satellite Communications

Military Solid State Relay
This year we have released our LD00KM & LD00KQ, 270VDC @ 10A & 20A, respectively, Silicon Carbide Solid State Relays onto the market. The SiC technology means a reduction in leakage current across the MOSFET and reduces the overall heat dissipation of the switch. Ideal for applications heat could be considered an issue. These switches have been designed with applications such as primary/secondary power systems in aviation and marine systems as well as DC-DC buck/boost converters where reliability and high performance are critical.


u-blox Centimeter-level precise positioning

Centimeter‑level accuracy by combining RTK technology and u‑blox GNSS expertise

High precision positioning can be achieved by combining Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou, with Real Time Kinematics (RTK) technology. RTK is a technique that uses the receiver’s measurements from the phase of the signal’s carrier wave. These measurements combined with corrections from a local “base” station or virtual base station, allow the receiver to solve carrier ambiguities and provide cm‑level accurate position information to the end‑user, a moving device, typically is referred to as the “rover”.

The demand for lower priced high precision technology is growing rapidly, as evident in the areas of precision agriculture, UAVs, and robotic lawnmowers. However, due to size, power, and cost restrictions, existing high precision solutions have been unable to meet the demands of these markets. u‑blox has developed the recently launched NEO‑M8P to meet these growing demands.

Together with u‑blox’s GNSS expertise and the implementation of RTK technology, the NEO‑M8P provides centimeter‑level accuracy for the mass market.

LoRaONE: the LoRa® IoT development board by SODAQ

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About this project

Introducing: LoRaONE The one solution to connect all the things, all the time.

Small, yet versatile. LoRaONE brings IoT to life.
Small, yet versatile. LoRaONE brings IoT to life.

What is it?

LoRaONE is all you need to create your own IoT solution. An Arduino compatible board packed with features and sensors, making it the ideal solution for makers and creators that can’t wait to make the Internet of Things a reality. It is easy to program, connected to its surroundings through numerous sensors and ready to go. The board has the size of a matchbox, so it can be placed anywhere you can think of. But best of all, it is connected everywhere through LoRa® technology. When it comes to building the IoT, there’s nothing like LoraONE.

For the past months we’ve worked hard to get LoRaONE to the final stages of development. The first beta-users are already working with LoRaONE. To make the final step and start mass-production, we need your help. If you back us, not only do you help us to get LoRaONE out in the world, but you’ll also receive one yourself in July 2016. So this summer you can start building on your LoRaWAN™ connected IoT.

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What’s inside?

This board is based on our successful Autonomo. It has a proven 32 bit Arduino compatible platform that is currently the first choice of millions of programmers around the world. Not only is it versatile, it is also extremely small, measuring only 40 x 25 millimeters. One of the characteristics of ARM Cortex M0 based boards is that they can be programmed to run extremely energy efficient, which is essential for your next IoT-project.

But maybe even more essential is the connection. We chose LoRa® as we fully believe this is where the Internet of Things will come to full bloom. LoRa® networks are easy to set up, have extremely long range and are rapidly being rolled out around the world. It works both indoors and outdoors. LoraONE connects easily and safely with your local LoRaWAN™ network, making the IoT a reality.

We’ve include a GPS-antenna in the LoRaONE, so it can track its location precisely. But this is not just any GPS. To make it ideal for the IoT, we have chosen the state-of-the art u-blox Eva GPS moduleWhy is it state-of-the-art? Because it can be made to use less power than any other GPS we looked at. After switching off, the module keeps the almanac in memory. So when switching on, it can get a fix in just a few seconds. This allows us for instance to get a GPS fix every 5 minutes at less than 1% of the power needed for constant positioning by regular GPS. We call this near-realtime tracking and it is essential for our rhino-tracking project, which you can read about below.

Included on the tiny board is also an accelerometer, opening up a wide range of possibilities. If there’s movement, the LoRaONE will know and can act accordingly. You can even let the sensors cooperate. So the GPS can safely switch off, until it the device detects movement. This minimizes energy usage even more, and will also keep you up to date about what’s going on with your LoRaONE.

Want more? LoraONE has a magnetometer, so it is able to detect magnetic fields. There’s aMicroUSB connector, so it can connect to your computer straight out of the box. There’s 14 I/O pins, to connect other sensors or devices. All can be used for digital and 12 for analog It has a button and LED, making it perfect for that wearable you always wanted to create.

Still not enough? If you opt for the Starter Kit, you’ll get some really cool extra’s. The ONEbase extension board makes this device a creators dream. Simply click the LoraONE on the base and you can directly connect all sorts of Grove modules, just like with our previous projectsAutonomo and Mbili boardsIt also comes with a 800mAh rechargeable LiPo battery. And if you really don’t want to worry about losing power, you can use the 500mW solar panel, also included in the package.

LoRaONE rewards

LoRaONE Early Bird (only 100 available): You know what they say about early birds….they save money! Get the LoRaONE for a one-time-only price of €75. There’s only 100 available, so needless to say you need to get up early to catch this offer.

LoRaONE: For the hardcore IoT fans out there. This reward will get you the LoRaONE right at home, ready to go.

LoRaONE Starter Kit: Everything you need to get started as an IoT maker or creator. This kit includes: – LoRaONE – LiPo rechargeable 800mAh battery – 500mW solar cell – ONEbase – MicroUSB cable. The battery, solar cell and cable ensure you have everything you need to get started, while the LoraONE base extends the already broad possibilities of the LoRaONE even further.

LoraTEN: Ready to take on the bigger projects? Developing for your company, organization or maybe your own smart-home? This pack features 10x the LoRaONE. Buy in bulk and get a nice discount, as this unlimited offer gets you the LoRaONE’s at the early bird-price.

LoRaTHON: The ultimate IoT hackathon-package. If you’re planning to do workshops, educational programs or simply want it all for yourself. This starters pack features ten LoRaONEs, each with its own battery, MicroUSB cable, solar cell and the ONEbase extension board. The possibilities are endless…times ten!

LoRaONE Tech specs

  • Microcontroller: ATSAMD21G18, 32-Bit ARM Cortex, M0+
  • Compatibility:  Arduino M0 Compatible
  • Size:  40 x 25 mm
  • Operating: Voltage 3.3V
  • I/O Pins:  14, All can be used for digital, 12 for analog and 8 for PWM, plus UART, SPI and TWI (I2C)
  • Analog Output Pin:  10-bit DAC
  • External Interrupts: Available on all pins
  • DC Current per I/O pin: 7 mA
  • Flash Memory: 256 KB
  • SRAM:  32KB
  • EEPROM: Up to 16KB by emulation
  • Clock Speed: 48 MHz
  • Debug: Serial Wire Interface
  • Power: 5V USB power and/or (optional) 3.7 LiPo battery
  • Charging:
  • Solar charge controller, up to 500mA charge current
  • LoRa® Microchip:  RN2483 or RN2903 Module (depending on your region)
  • GPS: u-blox EVA 7M
  • Accelerometer/Magneto: LSM303D
  • USB: MicroUSB Port

Why LoRa®?

The future of the Internet of Things lies in LoRa®. That’s not something we made up, just to get you to buy the LoRaONE. It is actually the opinion of some very bright minds from all over the world. “LoRaWAN™ is to IoT as 3G/4G is to smartphones”, wrote The Verge. “[IoT] devices require a stable, reliable and cheap approach, which opens up a whole new world”, said techsite Tweakers. The different networks are currently regulated by the non-profit LoRa® Alliance, there’s more information on their website.

LoRaWAN™ is a low power network that works over long distances. One gateway can reach up to 10 kilometers around, depending on obstructions. It is cheap to set up, organizations like The Things Network are currently working on new gateways which cost as less as €200 euro’s. This makes it extremely easy and cheap to set up a city-wide network, but it can be just as easy to connect remote places to the internet. One of the great advantages is that the signal can be used indoors and outdoors.

LoRa® is also energy efficient. Connected devices, like the LoRaONE, can go on for years on a small battery. Or they need only a small solarcell to continue working forever.

Note that for the LoRaONE to communicate you need a LoRa® network. This could either be a network operated by your local Telco, like KPN in the Netherlands, Proximus in Belgium orOrange in France. Or it could be your local The Things Network. A third option would be to run your own private LoRa® network, but this would require a LoRa® gateway and LoRa® server which are available through various different sources

Where are you: pick the right band!  

Due to national regulations, LoRa® networks use different frequencies in different parts of the world. Most common are 868Mhz for Europe and South Africa, while the Americas use the 915Mhz band. Other parts of the world are undecided, unregulated or there simply is no LoRa®-network available yet. So when ordering the LoRaONE, please fill in which frequency you require, so we can make sure to send you the right hardware.

What can YOU do with LoRaONE?

So what is LoRaONE capable of? Well, the cool thing is, that is totally up to you. But we like to do some tinkering ourselves, and came up with some ideas that we tried out. This is just a tiny sample, and we can’t wait to hear what you come up with.

LoRaONE can be anything. Like a solar radiation sensor to measure at what sun intensity your plants grow the most.
LoRaONE can be anything. Like a solar radiation sensor to measure at what sun intensity your plants grow the most.
  • We’re currently working closely with the park rangers in northern Tanzania to protect endangered rhinos from poachers who try to get their hands on the valuable horn. For years, the rangers have been struggling to track the rhinos effectively through a range of sensors. Radio waves are unsafe as the poachers can track the rhinos as well. Satellite equipment is big and bulky for an animal to carry around. And cellular service is spotty at best. LoRaONE proves to be the solution. With only ten gateways, the huge park is fully covered. The LoRaONEs are small and light enough so they do not hinder the rhinos and the connection is secure, so poachers can’t eavesdrop. Thanks to small solar panels and sunny African weather, the LoRaONEs never run out of juice, giving the rangers 24/7 information about the whereabouts of these magnificent animals.
  • LoRaONE can serve as an excellent remote alarm system for anything ranging from a bicycle to an expensive painting. The accelerometer detects any movement and the LoRaONE can notify you instantly. Follow it’s location in near-real time and get back what’s yours!
  • With the built in button it works as a wearable, for instance a panic button for seniors. If anything happens, a push of the button notifies loved ones or caretakers, who can immediately read out the location. Thanks to LoRa® this is not limited to one building: it is connected everywhere, all the time.
  • We’re working with local government to attach the LoRaONE to outdoor trashcans. LoRaONE can detect and send information about whether they are full or not, saving the city cleaners tons of time (and money).
  • The Netherlands is home to a couple of huge harbors, each shipping millions of sea containers each year. One or two LoRa®-gateways can be enough to blanket the area in a network. Attach the LoRaONE to the containers with a strong magnet and they’re instantly traceable. Thanks to the magnetometer, the magnetic field of the LoRaONE detaching from the container can be sensed, so it can even notify the owner and warn that something is wrong. Nothing gets accidentally lost, ever again.

Who are we?

We are SODAQ, which is short for SOlar powered Data AcQuisition. Solving the problem of efficiently connecting things while off-grid has always been at the heart of what we do. Additionally, we will always strive to build high quality libraries to support the development of applications for our boards. You may know us from our other two successful Kickstarter campaigns, the first SODAQ development board and the SODAQ Autonomo. Our company is based in Hilversum, a town just outside Amsterdam in The Netherlands. A great place to be, as multiple parties have embraced the idea of a countrywide LoRa® network.

We currently have 12 experienced and enthusiastic geniuses working in our office. Not only do we develop hardware and software for the IoT, we also put energy in spreading the word and sharing our knowledge. For instance, we’ve partnered with IoT Academy and the RDM Makerspace. For their workshops we provide hardware and instructions. Recently Dutch IT-consultancy QNH chose us as partner to gain knowledge and insights on the different aspects of IoT. This is not our first Kickstarter campaign. We’ve launched our SODAQ board and theAutonomo on Kickstarter. Both got succesfully funded and shipped on time.

Risks and challenges

During our last two campaigns we promised to ship on time, and managed to do so. We are planning to keep our promise this time around, too. The first hundred LoRaONE boards are currently being used by beta-users. We’ve finished the development stage, the prototypes are fully functional and ready to go into mass production. The production will take place in the Netherlands.

We have existing production and delivery agreements in place with our selected component suppliers and manufacturers. From small numbers to larger volumes, our relationship with these same suppliers has given us confidence in their ability to deliver what we will need in the future.

However, past performance is not always a guarantee for the future. There’s always a small risk involved while producing hardware. In the overall scheme of things, SODAQ will probably remain a small production item for these suppliers. As much as possible, we will use our excellent relationship with them to ensure that production of the SODAQ board remains on track.

If on the other hand we have a much larger number of orders to fulfil, we will be facing additional challenges in supplying and packaging the kit. We don’t want to slip on the timeline, so if it looks like numbers might grow sufficiently during the campaign, we will be putting in place contingency arrangements with our primary PCB, assembly and packaging providers.

Handling communication with you, our wonderful backers, might prove to be another challenge while we’re all busy producing, sorting, packing and sending out the kits. Our team has some experience in large scale communication and the experience from our previous Kickstarter campaign will prove very useful. The whole team will be available in both the Kickstarter Q&A forum, and by email, to address any requests for information or limitations you might encounter when using the board and kits.

LoRa® is a registered trademark of Semtech Corporation. LoRaWAN™ is a trademark of Semtech Corporation.

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Coilcraft SLR-Family

Coilcraft Introduces New Family of High Current Inductors for High Frequency Applications

Cary, IL, USA – Coilcraft’s new SLR Family of high current, shielded power inductors is offered with current ratings up to 100 Amps and inductance values from 85 to 370 nH, making it suitable for high frequency applications such as multi-phase VRM/VRD/EVRD regulators, Intel™ IMVP compatible systems, and GPUs/video graphic cards. The inductors also feature a tight DCR tolerance (±5.4% to ±10%) for lossless, inductor DCR-based current sensing.

SLR FamilyThe SLR Family comprises five product series: the SLR1050, SLR1065, SLR1070, SLR1075 and SLR1190.

The compact SLR1050 Series offers an inductance range of 85 to 220 nH and current ratings up to 86 Amps in a 10.2 X 7.0 X 4.95 mm package. It is offered in three DCR versions for optimal efficiency and accuracy. The SLR1190 offers the highest current ratings in the family – up to 100 Amps – and an inductance range of 150 to 370 nH. It measures 11.2 X 10.3 X 9.0 mm.

All SLR Family inductors feature RoHS compliant, matte tin over nickel over copper terminations and offer a maximum reflow temperature of 260°C.

As with all Coilcraft parts, free evaluation samples of the SLR Family power inductors are available online at For more information, contact Len Crane, +1-847-639-6400,

About Coilcraft

Headquartered outside of Chicago in Cary, Illinois, Coilcraft is a leading global supplier of magnetic components including high performance RF chip inductors, power magnetics and filters. In addition to a large selection of standard components, Coilcraft also designs and builds custom magnetics to fit a customer’s exact electrical requirements.

Engineers and buyers consider Coilcraft a preferred supplier because of its reputation for quality, reliable delivery, engineering support and the superior performance of our products. In independent surveys, engineers consistently rank Coilcraft the number one magnetics company they would recommend to a friend.

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u-blox EVA-7M

Positioning technology is embedded in IoT board

Written by: Enaie Azambuja, Courtesy of:

EVA-7M, a u-blox GPS/GNSS receiver module, has been embedded in the tiny IoT development board LoRaONE by SODAQ, now running a campaign on Kickstarter. The product is a 32-bit Arduino compatible board equipped with Low-Power WAN connectivity that enables development of any kind of IoT solution, anywhere. The matchbox-sized product (40×25 mm) is packed with sensors. The u-blox EVA-7M that is on the board enables a quick positioning fix.

The board is equipped with an accelerometer allowing the GPS to safely switch off until the device detects movement, in order to minimize energy usage. A magnetometer identifies magnetic fields, while 14 I/O pins are available for connection with other sensors or devices.

With these features, the development board can be used for a realm of applications ranging from wearables to M2M communications such as bike tracking. Indoor and outdoor communications from the board are supported by the LoRa LPWAN technology. In addition, SODAQ offers a range of compatible cellular WAN development boards, also using u-blox modules.

ULP Wireless Q – Download free

Download the ULP Wireless Q app on your Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, Amazon Kindle or Android tabletClick here to download the PDF of the latest issue.

Dear Subscriber,
The latest 24-page digital edition of Nordic Semiconductor’s quarterly technology magazine – ULP Wireless Quarter (Q) – is now available. This publication is intended to keep interested parties up-to-date on what’s happening with Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, and Nordic RF proprietary wireless technology.

Table of contents:

  • Opinion – Finnish talent strengthens Nordic’s engineering team, by Svein-Egil Nielsen
  • News – nRF52832 Bluetooth Smart SoC enters mass production
  • News – Bicycle power meter pedal offers world-first multiprotocol support
  • News – Cross country skiing monitor provides real time performance analysis for professionals
  • News – Wireless motion platform takes virtual reality gaming to next level
  • ULP Wireless Trends – Cloud-connection accelerates retail beacon adoption
  • News Extra – Nordic takes home prestigious semiconductor industry ‘Oscar’
  • Comment – IoT stimulates new business models, by John Leonard
  • Business Briefing – Wireless charging unites to deliver, by Caroline Hayes
  • ULP Product Selection Guide – Latest ‘at-a-glance’ summary of Nordic’s entire current RF proprietary, ANT+, and Bluetooth Smart wireless technology product range, reference designs, and development tools
  • Technical Briefing – The rise and rise of wireless sports technology
  • Business Briefing – Subarctic Silicon Valley, by Sally Ward-Foxton
  • Technology Briefing – Cycling demands more from wireless technology, by Kat Kent
  • ANT Wireless Update – Interoperable connectivity underpins future of IoT, by Mike Rounding
  • Nordic Inside – ZITKO walk posture and activity wristband
  • In The Press – Taking tomorrow’s wearables from smartphone to standalone, by John Leonard
  • People & Places – Yrjö Kaipainen : Radio system design by day, crashed car restoration by night

U-Blox M8P Integration done! via Drotek Electronics

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“A lot of actors of the L1 low-cost RTK market have been emerging these months. U-Blox plays a relevant role in the miniaturization of GNSS chips for mass-market. Drotek and U-Blox are collaborating in order to produce the most reduced RTK board”.

“Market has shown that there are clearly two types of customers :

  • the ones  who like plug-and-play boards, but who still like to dig into hardware/software, eager to collaborate on any aspect. This is why we have created SMARTNAV RTK (

  • the others who only want simple-approach and reduced-form factor products without paying any attention to technical details. This why we are integrating M8P on our boards”.

“For the first tests we have used our XXL board and placed M8P on it. ( This version of M8P is capable of handling both base and rover states”.




“So we configured base in order to deliver RTCM correction messages over a 433 MHz radio link and rover to receive them”. These are the first results:


“We got to “float” position without any problem, and deviation map showed great results in this first short test!

Drotek is ready to manufacture, waiting for U-Blox first delivery! At this stage we still do not have pricing information.

Stay tuned on!”