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Wireless+positioning

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By offering embedded semiconductors, software, services, support and reference designs that support combined wireless and GPS/GNSS applications, u‑blox delivers complete solutions for a wide new range of location based services that capitalize on the converged technologies.

u‑blox’ wireless/positioning solutions

Because of the exciting and numerous applications for converged wireless and positioning technologies running on portable devices, u‑blox has implemented special features in its family of cellular modules to ease the design effort required for the integration of wireless with GPS.

For example, combining a LEON or SARA GSM/GPRS module with a u‑blox  GPS receiver allows designers to have full access to the GPS receiver directly via the modem: it relays control messages to the GPS receiver via a simple 2‑wire I2C interface. This means a 2nd interface, is not necessary: fully control of the GPS receiver is achieved with AT commands via the modem. The result is simple and cost effective GSM/GPS integration, making optimal use of PCB space.Embedded A‑GPS client

Another key advantage of u‑blox modem modules is that they contain an embedded AssistNow A‑GPS client supporting both online and offline Assisted GPS. The combined GSM/GPS solution with AssistNow client results in numerous benefits:

  • Better GPS performance in weak GPS signal conditions such as urban canyons
  • Significantly faster Time‑to‑First‑Fix (seconds, not minutes)
  • No resources required from the application’s microcontroller
  • No software integration effort on the host microcontroller required
  • Assisted GPS client firmware is embedded in LEON GSM/GPRS modems

Conclusion

The marriage of wireless technologies such as GSM and UMTS with GPS has an exciting future, enabling new and compelling mass‑market services for businesses, shopping, tourism, public and private transportation, social networking and entertainment, as well as for logistics, fleet management and emergency services.

Most importantly, these converged services offer clear value propositions and revenue models to allow all players in the ecosystem, end‑users, device and end‑product manufacturers and service providers, to benefit.

“The Promising Marriage of Wireless and GPS Technologies” (PDF)

u-blox technology provides cellular connectivity for a professional IoT platform

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Thalwil, Switzerland – January 25, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced today that its SARA cellular module series will provide wireless connectivity for a new end‑to‑end platform for Industry 4.0. With the platform, developed by Italian‑based Iomote, businesses will be able to easily connect existing machines to the cloud to increase efficiency and augment their service offering. Iomote will present its new solution in a series of workshops that started in the Microsoft House in Milan this month.

The centerpiece of the platform is Iomote’s smart, programmable X400 gateway, which adds cloud connectivity to virtually any industrial application.

Iomote offers also a handy web dashboard for the IIoT system administrators: MyMote. MyMote is used to manage operations such as provisioning, remote software upgrades of devices on the field, system notifications, and many others.

Telemetry data on the other hand are sent directly to Microsoft Azure and are exclusively available to the customer, without third parties involved.

Industrial IoT solutions require real‑time, bi‑directional connectivity between the device and the cloud. Ensuring continuous connectivity was paramount for this application. “We tested our X400 in remote areas where the cellular signal was very weak and unstable, and the overall performance was robust thanks to the u‑blox SARA cellular modules it uses,” says Claudio Carnevali, CEO of Iomote.

Flexibility was another factor in Iomote’s decision to work with the u‑blox solution. “Form factor and pin‑to‑pin compatibility between 2G, 3G, and 4G variants of the SARA cellular module mean that customers have the possibility to choose their cellular communication technology. We really benefit from the possibility of tailoring the technology each customer’s needs,” he says. “In the end, regardless of the cellular technology used, our customers can rely on the u‑blox module to send messages flawlessly to the cloud.”

The Iomote platform is designed to enable Industry 4.0 applications in a broad range of vertical markets. To facilitate customization for individual applications, the X400 gateway includes two processors. Connectivity, security, and over‑the‑air programming (OTA), which provide the backbone for industrial IoT applications, are handled on the Iomote core processor. Customer applications are run on the separate application processor, which is programmable using the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE). Field applications can be created in a matter of hours by leveraging the Arduino IDE and the abundance of libraries and software that are readily available.

“We’re excited about the new Iomote industrial IoT platform because we believe it will strongly contribute to growing the industrial IoT ecosystem, giving rise to more and more smart connected devices,” says Patty Felts, Principal Product Manager, Cellular, at u‑blox. “And we are convinced that customers in Europe will appreciate our most recent addition to the u‑blox SARA cellular module family, the SARA‑R412M with quad‑band 2G fallback, to smoothen the transition toward low‑power wide‑area LTE cellular networks for industrial applications.”

About u‑blox
Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact:
Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox
Phone: + 41 44 722 7388
E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

About Iomote
Iomote offers solutions to speed up the IIoT and to transform machines and sensors into digital entities with ease. The company is based in Italy and provides programmable hardware devices coupled with a management web dashboard on the cloud. Iomote solutions gained the Microsoft Azure Certification as guarantee of security and privacy.

Our unique business approach, starting from consulting to the end‑to‑end solutions, makes us the best partner for companies looking to empower their business model leveraging the 4.0 industrial revolution.
(www.iomote.com)

Iomote contact:
Claudio Carnevali, CEO, Iomote
Phone: +39 02 82951953
E‑mail: c.carnevali@iomote.com

u-blox introduces world’s smallest LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT multi-mode module with quad-band 2G fallback

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SARA‑R412M is the world’s smallest multi‑mode LTE Cat M1, NB‑IoT (NB1), and quad‑band 2G  solution to offer global configurability in a single hardware version  

Thalwil, Switzerland – January 23, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced the SARA‑R412M, an LTE Cat M1, NB‑IoT, and quad‑band 2G (EGPRS) module with worldwide coverage. Measuring just 16 x 26 mm, the module is the world’s smallest to provide both LTE and quad‑band EGPRS support in a single design. The flexibility extends further with dynamic system selection as Cat M1, NB‑IoT, and EGPRS in single mode or as a preferred connection that does not require a module reboot to switch between modes. It brings a rich feature suite optimized for LPWA (low‑power wide‑area) IoT applications that require the assurance of 2G connectivity to guarantee broad geographic coverage, even in areas where LTE Cat M1 and NB‑IoT are not widely available yet. New IoT devices deployed in the field today can activate on existing 2G networks and still leverage the benefits of LTE Cat M1 and NB‑IoT technology once it becomes available.

The SARA‑R4 series covers a whole host of IoT applications, especially those reliant on long‑term, low power use or requiring connectivity deep within buildings. Examples include gas, water, and electricity metering, city street lighting, building automation, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), industrial monitoring and control, telematics, insurance, asset and vehicle tracking, security systems, alarm panels, outpatient monitoring, and many consumer wearables.

“The u‑blox SARA‑R412M provides customers that require 2G fallback a solution that preserves both the 16 x 26 mm form factor and the precise pin assignment used for the LTE Cat M1 and NB1 SARA‑R4 products,’’ says Patty Felts, Principal Product Manager, Cellular, at u‑blox. “Not only does this enable customers to easily sunset or migrate from other u‑blox 2G, 3G, and 4G modules, it also strengthens u‑blox’s leadership position of offering among the world’s smallest global hardware designs.”

Broad capabilities in a single hardware 
SARA‑R412M enables global solutions based on a single hardware version, allowing developers to select their own desired frequencies and operator configurations. SARA‑R412M ensures data integrity between applications via secure communication protocols, notably including two‑way authentication between client and server, a strategy often utilized with cloud services.

Critical firmware updates can be delivered with the u‑blox proprietary uFOTA (firmware over the air) client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol that is ideal for IoT applications. This allows end‑users to continue using the same hardware when features and functionalities are updated, making it well‑suited for critical applications running on devices that may be deployed in the field over long periods of time.

Low power consumption and extended range
SARA‑R412M provides an extended temperature range of -40 to +85°C, and supports Power Save Mode (PSM) and Extended Discontinuous Reception (e‑DRX) for LTE Cat M1 and NB‑IoT connectivity, which can extend battery lifetime for up to 10 years.

3GPP Coverage Enhancement allows the module’s Cat M1 connectivity to reach deeper into buildings and basements, and even underground with NB‑IoT when compared to other air interface technologies such as GSM or Cat 1.

The module will be available later this year.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact:

Patty Felts, Product Manager Cellular at u‑blox

Phone: +1 858 847 9611

E‑mail: patty.felts@u-blox.com

A comprehensive approach to multi-GNSS positioning

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u‑blox M8 and u‑blox 7: two u‑blox GNSS platform generations address all market requirements

With the launch of the new u‑blox M8 semiconductor platform, u‑blox once again establishes its leadership in embedded global satellite positioning. Combining advanced chip technology, sophisticated software algorithms, true concurrent GNSS satellite reception and multi GNSS aiding services, u‑blox M8 sets the new benchmark for navigation and positioning.

u‑blox M8 complements our u‑blox 7 platform, offering new solution alternatives depending on application needs – whether that be for high performance, low power, or low cost. The two platforms are based on the the UBX‑M8030 concurrent‑GNSS, and UBX‑G7020 single‑GNSS chip families. The chips form the basis of u‑blox’ popular MAX, NEO and LEA GNSS module series (overview of all modules).

u‑blox M8: high performance positioning

u‑blox M8 acquires and tracks two GNSS systems concurrently – default is GPS and GLONASS. Concurrent reception of GPS and BeiDou or even concurrent GLONASS and BeiDou reception can be selected on‑the fly. Optimized signal reception circuitry in combination with software algorithms and advanced tracking and search engines capitalize on the quality, and not only the quantity, of satellites used, providing optimal solutions in GNSS hostile environments.

With market leading -167 dBm dynamic sensitivity, 1 second TTFF and 2 meter positioning accuracy, u‑blox M8 is the perfect solution for performance critical applications like car navigation, drive recorder or emergency call systems. For such applications, high performance is key.  By utilizing the new u‑blox Multi GNSS AssistNow service and local satellite augmentation services  (SBAS, QZSS), u‑blox M8 provides even more accurate position information within seconds – virtually anywhere.

u‑blox M8 is the first mass produced stand‑alone receiver to include BeiDou reception. With the concurrent reception of GPS and BeiDou, a sensitivity of -165 dBm has been achieved, making u‑blox M8 the best performing GPS/BeiDou receiver on the market.

All in all, u‑blox M8 is the perfect choice for high performance positioning applications, bringing the increased performance of concurrent GNSS reception to practical application. By applying an external SQI flash, u‑blox M8 is also future‑proof, as firmware updates easily can be made, for example adding Galileo when it becomes fully operational.

u‑blox 7: low‑power, low‑cost positioning

In case of less critical applications requirements where the important key parameters are low power and low cost, u‑blox 7 is the perfect answer. u‑blox 7 is optimized for low‑cost, low‑power applications where single‑GNSS reception is sufficient. u‑blox 7 is one of the lowest power multi‑GNSS receiver platform on the market, particularly attractive for small battery powered devices like asset and vehicle tracking boxes. In case of rural or suburban areas, the u‑blox 7 single GNSS reception is more than sufficient to provide accurate and reliable positioning information. u‑blox 7 supports single reception of either GPS or GLONASS, selectable on start‑up by command.

Both receiver chips come in QFN40 packages in standard and automotive grades. Chip scale packages are also available for commercial applications. u‑blox M8 QFN package is pin compatible with u‑blox 7 QFN package, and extensive documentation makes migration easy.

All u‑blox GNSS products continue to leverage the synergies with our broad portfolio of GSM, UMTS, CDMA and LTE cellular modules to enable location awareness, including support for our unique CellLocate hybrid indoor positioning system.With our comprehensive portfolio of GNSS chips and modules, our goal is simple: to support your product innovation while making it easy to upgrade from one product generation to the next.

u-blox announces smallest automotive grade GNSS module to feature an extended operating temperature range

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Thalwil, Switzerland – November 7, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced its automotive grade MAX‑M8Q‑01A GNSS module. Measuring 9.7 x 10.1 x 2.5 mm, it is the smallest automotive grade GNSS module on the market to offer an operating temperature range from – 40°C to 105°C.

With over a decade of experience working with the automotive industry, u‑blox has positioned itself as a leading provider of GNSS technology for the growing automotive market. The automotive grade MAX‑M8Q is the company’s third automotive grade GNSS module to date, alongside the NEO‑M8Q‑01A and NEO‑M8L‑03A modules, further enlarging the automotive positioning product offer.

MAX‑M8Q‑01A is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the automotive market, providing superior positioning accuracy even in challenging environments such as urban canyons. Its extended temperature range ensures reliable performance even in harsh environments, e.g. when mounted in a car‑roof antenna. Produced in adherence to the u‑blox 0 ppm program, which aims to bring down product failures rates to zero and consistently achieve high production quality, the module is delivered with the automotive industry’s standard PPAP documentation to ensure compliance with customer requirements.

The module offers product developers a reduction of design and qualification time and effort, shortening time‑to‑market and considerably reducing risks for new product development.

“We developed this automotive grade GNSS module in the small MAX form factor in response to customer requests for a GNSS receiver that operates reliably in an extended temperature range,” says Franck Berny, Senior Principal, Automotive Market Development, Product Center Positioning at u‑blox. “We are confident that the module’s high quality, robust and secure performance, and small form factor will appeal to the automotive industry at large.”

Product developers will be able to get their hands on initial samples of MAX‑M8Q‑01A by mid‑December 2017.

About u‑blox
Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
(www.u‑blox.com)

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Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox
Phone: + 41 44 722 7388
E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

ercogener builds EMEA’s first Industry 4.0 modem using u‑blox LTE Cat M1 cellular technology

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Thalwil, Switzerland – October 31, 2017 –  u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, is pleased to announce that ercogener, a global leader in industrial modems, has developed its first Industry 4.0 modem using u‑blox LTE Cat M1 cellular technology. The modem – the first to provide LTE Cat M1 cellular connectivity in EMEA – is designed to meet the requirements of the recently announced Orange LTE Cat M1 network, which will be launched across Europe in 2018.

LTE Cat M1 will be a key provider of connectivity in the Industry 4.0. Anticipating the launch of one of Europe’s first commercial LTE Cat M1 mobile networks, u‑blox and ercogener a member of Group Zekat, have been working with mobile network operator Orange to develop the first LTE Cat M1 cellular modem, providing connectivity and secure data transfer for a wide range of applications including asset trackers and fleet management systems.

“We are pleased to be working with u‑blox and Orange. This partnership confirms our technological lead in IoT. In constant research on the industries of the future, we are proud to be the first manufacturer to introduce an industrialized and certified LTE‑M solution. As such, ercogener affirms itself as the leader in geolocation, telemetering products, Industry 4.0,” comments Pascal Denoël, CEO of Group Zekat.

To develop the modem, ercogener and u‑blox were faced with the challenge of integrating a mobile technology that is in the early stages of test and deployment in EMEA. The modems, which operate on bands 3 and 20 conforming to requirements by Orange, have since been tested and approved by the mobile network operator.

“We are excited to collaborate with ercogener and Orange on the first deployment of LTE Cat M1 technology in Europe based on our compact SARA‑R4 LTE Cat M1 module,” says Simon Glassman, Senior Principal Strategic Partnerships, Product Center Cellular at u‑blox. “The module, which is used in the ercogener industrial modem, is configured to support global bands with a single hardware and includes a power‑save mode and extended discontinuous reception that give it a battery life of up to 10 years.”

The LTE Cat M1 industrial modem is only the latest in a series of ercogener products to feature u‑blox technology. Over the past years, u‑blox has provided ercogener with the 2G, 3G, and 4G technology to power several iterations of its industrial modems. Full pin‑to‑pin compatibility between these successive iterations of the u‑blox cellular modules all the way up the most recent LTE Cat M1 and NB‑IoT variants were crucial in enabling rapid integration and validation the led up to this success.

ercogener and u‑blox are pleased with the progress of this collaboration, and plan to expand their activities involving LTE Cat M1 in EMEA.

About u‑blox
Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact:
Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox
Phone: + 41 44 722 7388
E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

About ercogener
With more than 35 years of excellent knowledge of the M2M market and of professional and industrial IoT, ercogener designs and manufactures geolocation and supervision products. ercogener is part of the Zekat Group, a group of high‑tech companies.

ercogener contact: 
Mrs Johanna Schraffl‑Grelier
Phone: +33 (0) 6 88 93 59 99
E‑mail: johanna.schraffl‑grelier@ercogener.com

u-blox provides concurrent GNSS technology to timing synchronization system

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Accuracy, reliability and affordability make the LEA‑M8T the right choice.

Thalwil, Switzerland – October 10, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced that its LEA‑M8T concurrent GNSS timing module is now being used by V3Novus, a provider of a high quality electronic components and embedded system designs based in India, in its latest Precision Synchronization System with built‑in NTP Server.

Aimed at the Telecom, Railway and Military application space to provide traceable time stamps for data transported over packet networks, the Time Synchronization System also features a precision Rubidium oscillator to supplement the signal received by the u‑blox LEA‑M8T module. This gives operators greater confidence in the NTP (Network Time Protocol) server’s output under all conditions.

More digital traffic now crosses more carriers’ networks and passes through more manufacturers’ equipment to reach the end‑users. As a result, the demand for phase and time synchronization is evolving.

“As networks migrate from traditional TDM technology to packet switched networks, to accommodate higher amounts of data, V3Novus continues to innovate its time synchronization systems,” says Andrew Miles, Senior Principal Engineer, Product Center Positioning at u‑blox. “While standards groups introduce updates and propose new metrics to address packet‑based synchronization techniques, the latest offering from V3Novus successfully integrates these developments in time, frequency and phase generation, transfer and consumption.”

The telecommunications infrastructure relies on accurate time stamping for many applications, including VoIP switches/gateways, media servers, SNMP, SS7 and IP traffic monitoring systems, as well as IPTV STBs and gateways.

“We chose to partner with u‑blox for our latest precise Time Synchronization System because the LEA‑M8T module provides the high degree of time accuracy we needed in this application,” explains Hemanth Kumar  HD, Director Business Development, V3Novus. “We have always found u‑blox modules to provide the best combination of reliability and affordability.”

The LEA‑M8T concurrent GNSS module provides market leading acquisition and tracking sensitivity by supporting the GPS/QZSS, BeiDou, GLONASS and Galileo satellite systems. It integrates the same timing integrity measures found in all u‑blox timing products, which includes Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) and continuous phase uncertainty estimation.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact:

Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox

Phone: + 41 44 722 7388

E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

About V3Novus:

V3Novus one of the leading Value added Semiconductor distributor with an in house design capabilities, offering solutions to Industrial Automation, IOT, Telecom, Railways and Military Applications. V3Novus has partnered with leading Companies in India and Overseas on their custom design needs to help them on fast Time to Market keeping our suppliers product in mind.

(www.v3novus.com)

V3Novus contact:

V3Novus Pvt Ltd

Phone: 09880150656

E‑mail: hemanth.hd@v3novus.com

u-blox launches NINA-B3, its full-featured Bluetooth 5 module

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Thalwil, Switzerland – October 3, 2017 –  u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, is announcing the launch of its full Bluetooth 5 compliant NINA‑B3 wireless MCU (microcontroller unit) module. Featuring Bluetooth low energy long range connectivity, high data transfer rates and supporting Bluetooth mesh and 802.15.4, NINA‑B3 caters to applications in smart buildings, smart cities, and the Industry 4.0, including smart lighting systems, industrial sensor networks, asset tracking solutions, and building automation systems.

“We’re very excited to present u‑blox’s solution to bring, for the first time, Bluetooth technology to applications that require long range connectivity and high data rates,” says Pelle Svensson, Market Development Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox.“ Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840 chip, the u‑blox NINA‑B3 Bluetooth low energy module stands out for the attention given to streamlining product development.

The full Bluetooth 5 NINA‑B3 module is available in two flavors. The first variant, NINA‑B31, comes pre‑flashed with u‑blox’s Connectivity Software, the most feature‑rich and easy‑to‑use on the market. For product developers, eliminating the need for embedded programming means smoother, hassle‑free integration and accelerated time‑to‑market. And u‑blox’s proprietary secure boot ensures that security needs are met, even for the most critical industrial and medical applications.

The second variant, NINA‑B30, gives customers a broader scope of application thanks to Bluetooth mesh and Thread support as well as access to a whole host of wired and wireless interfaces. Its powerful Cortex M4F microcontroller can run advanced applications right on the module, reducing external hardware needs and, ultimately, shrinking end device size and cutting costs.

NINA‑B3 is available with a highly sensitive internal antenna specifically designed for the module’s small form factor, achieving optimal radio range performance even in small end product designs. Pin compatibility with the other u‑blox NINA short‑range communication modules limits design effort for product developers developing multiple device variants, e.g. featuring only Wi‑Fi or Bluetooth connectivity.

Customers can expect to get their hands on first samples by Q1 2018.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact:

Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox

Phone: + 41 44 722 7388

E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

Industry’s lowest power GNSS SiP targeting small battery powered devices

Thalwil, Switzerland – September 11, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced the latest member of its ZOE‑M8 series of ultra‑small GNSS SiPs. The ZOE‑M8B is industry’s most power efficient GNSS System‑in‑Package (SiP) available for small battery powered consumer devices. It combines superior performance with ultra‑low power to deliver an optimized solution for portable and wearable devices targeting the fitness, health monitoring, and personal tracker markets.

Small battery powered devices are defined by their limited size, weight and power, which dictates that any GNSS solution targeting this application space must provide exceptional performance while consuming minimal system resources. The ZOE‑M8B has been designed for this class of ultra‑low‑power applications, where size and power are critical parameters. The ZOE‑M8B consumes 25 mW on average in most environments (including urban), and as little as 12 mW during instantaneous tracking. This is a three‑fold improvement in power efficiency when compared with other variants in the ZOE‑M8 series.

“The ZOE‑M8B SiP offers the best trade‑off between power consumption and location accuracy,” said Uffe Pless, Product Manager Positioning at u‑blox. “This will enable manufacturers to develop entirely new battery powered devices that integrate GNSS functionality, without comprising performance or the user experience.”

This combination of ultra‑low‑power operation and high performance is thanks to u‑blox’s proprietary Super‑E mode of operation, which automatically adjusts the power consumed by the system components based on the external conditions.

The footprint of a design with a chip and individual external components is about 50% larger than the PCB footprint of the ZOE‑M8B. Measuring just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0 mm, the ZOE‑M8B integrates a GNSS receiver, TCXO, SAW and LNA in a single package, making it easy to add accurate location and positioning functionality to almost any device.

The ZOE‑M8B is the latest addition to the ZOE‑M8 GNSS module family , which consists of the ZOE‑M8G for 1.8 volt powered devices and the ZOE‑M8Q for 3.0 volt devices, both focusing on maximum accuracy.

For more information on ZOE‑M8B, come and see us at the u‑blox booth N.352 (M2M Zone) at MWC Americas, held on 12‑14 September in San Francisco. Or read our latest blog post:https://www.u‑blox.com/en/blog/super‑efficient‑gps‑module‑could‑become‑game‑changer‑fitness‑trackers .

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact:

Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox

Phone: + 41 44 722 7388

E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

u-blox certifies world’s smallest quad-band LTE-M module for AT&T’s US and Mexico networks

Thalwil, Switzerland – September 6, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced certification of its SARA‑R410M  module on AT&T’s LTE‑M network to support a broad spectrum of IoT applications, such as utility meters, telematics, asset & vehicle tracking, security systems, building automation, as well as smart lighting solutions and parking sensors.Quad‑band configuration for cross‑border deployment

SARA‑R410M is among the first cellular modules certified to support AT&T’s LTE‑M network. With a quad‑band configuration (B2/B4/B5/B12), it is the only certified module capable of operating on both AT&T’s US LTE‑M network and their Mexico network, which is expected to launch by the end of 2017.

“u‑blox’s SARA‑R410M module will enable businesses to use the same hardware in both the United States and Mexico. This way, AT&T will be positioned to facilitate important use cases, such as cross‑border tracking of vehicles and assets,” said Cameron Coursey, vice president, product development, AT&T IoT Solutions.

Future‑proof upgrade path

Measuring only 16 x 26 mm, SARA‑R410M is the world’s smallest quad‑band LTE‑M module available in market today, a distinction that enables designers to keep device sizes to a minimum. At the same time, it allows for form factor compatibility and easy technology transition from u‑blox’s existing 2G and 3G modules.

Patty Felts, Product Manager Cellular at u‑blox stressed: “Future firmware updates can also be supported over‑the‑air with u‑blox’s uFOTA client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol that is ideal for IoT applications. This ensures longevity of customer platforms for many years to come.”

Low power consumption and robust design

With IoT and M2M devices required to operate for long periods of time on a small battery, the u‑blox SARA‑R410M includes power‑save mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) that together deliver battery life of up to 10 years. And with manufacturing in ISO/TS 16949‑certified production sites and an extended operating temperature range of –40°C to +85°C, it is ideal for industrial applications.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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Patty Felts, Product Manager Cellular at u‑blox

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