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LTE Cat. 1 modules aimed at IoT, M2M, car markets

Posted: 07 Sep 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:u-blox? LTE? M2M? automotive? 3G?

u-blox has announced a line-up of LTE low data-rate cellular modules supporting LTE Cat. 1 for IoT and M2M applications geared for industrial and automotive markets. The portfolio consists of multi-mode, multi-carrier and of LTE-only modules specific for large North American carriers.

All modules promise to deliver long-term LTE technology at lower speeds, geared for industrial and connected-car applications (10Mb/s download, 5Mb/s upload), at a significantly lower cost than typical LTE Cat. 4 modules. All modules operate from -40C to 85C, making them suitable for demanding industrial and automotive devices, stated the company. The unique combination of performance and versatility makes these modules suited for M2M applications such as telematics and smart metering, as well as security and surveillance systems with the need for Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), added u-blox.

The TOBY-R201 (LTE bands 2, 4, 13, 17 and HSPA bands 2, 5) is a multi-mode, multi-carrier LTE Cat. 1 module with HSPA fallback for North America. Its form factor in a 24.8mm x 35.6mm LGA package is the same as the TOBY-L2 Cat. 4 modules designed for applications requiring high data rates. The first samples will be available in October 2015.

The LARA-R200 (LTE bands 4, 13) and LARA-R202 (LTE bands 2, 4, 17) are LTE Cat. 1 modules for the largest North American carriers, available in a compact 22mm x 27.5mm LGA form factor, and fit on the nested design pads compatible with other u-blox form factors. The first samples will be available in early 2016.

The modules also follow the u-blox "nested design" philosophy to maintain form factor and software continuity. This allows customers to easily upgrade their products with each new generation of u-blox wireless modules without having to change the PCB designs. It allows for easy migration contributing to maximised investment, simplified logistics and drastically reduced time-to-market, noted the company.

All the modules are expected to be certified soon by major U.S. and Canadian mobile carriers.

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