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u-blox unveils ultra-small GSM modules for M2M apps

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:machine-to-machine? GSM/GPRS? Point of Sales terminals? Remote Monitoring Automation and Control? Automatic Meter Reading?

A new line of versatile, low power GSM/GPRS modules targeted at cost-sensitive machine-to-machine (M2M) applications has been recently been launched by u-blox.

The SARA module, packaged in a 16 x 26 mm LGA module, is targeted at M2M applications requiring dual or quad-band GSM/GPRS, voice and/or data, optional Internet suite (embedded TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP and FTP), and in-band modem support for eCall and ERA GLONASS emergency call applications. SARA also boasts extremely low power consumption, making it ideal for portable applications.

"Our new SARA line of GSM modules is designed to give customers exactly the features they need", said Thomas Nigg, VP Product Marketing at Swiss developer u-blox, "The interchangeable and fully compatible SARA modules cover low to high-end features. This gives our M2M customers the precise cost/performance trade-offs they need to develop the most cost-effective designs."

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SARA modules are ideally suited for M2M and automotive applications such as Automatic Meter Reading (AMR), Remote Monitoring Automation and Control (RMAC), surveillance and security, road pricing, asset tracking, fleet management, anti-theft systems and Point of Sales (PoS) terminals.

The SARA Land Grid Array (LGA) form factor enables compact designs and easy integration, and supports simple migration to u-blox' LISA UMTS and CDMA modules via PCB layout compatibility. Support for A-GPS and u-blox' unique CellLocateTM positioning technology is embedded to facilitate advanced telematics applications including indoor positioning.

RIL software for Android and Embedded Windows is available free of charge.

SARA modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites. Each module is intensively inspected and tested during production. The modules are fully qualified according to ISO 16750Environmental conditions and electrical testing for electrical and electronic equipment for road vehicles to provide high durability and reliability.

The first of the series, the SARA-G350, will sample in Q4 2012, with production in Q1 2013.

- Nick Flaherty
??EE Times

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