u‑blox unveiled a new module comprising a single mode LTE Category 1 modem and a GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning engine specifically designed for IoT and M2M applications including smart utility metering, connected health and patient monitoring, smart buildings, security and video surveillance, smart payment and POS systems, as well as wearable devices, such as action cameras.
The LARA‑R3121 is supplied in the small 24 x 26 mm LARA LGA form factor, ideal for compact IoT devices.
“Most IoT modules on the market use LTE modem technology, developed by handset‑focused silicon vendors. They may not provide the best fit for IoT applications, because they focus on features targeted at Tier 1 handset makers, limited by short lifecycles. The LARA‑R3121 is different with features and qualifications crafted for the industrial markets,” said Andreas Thiel, u‑blox Co‑Founder and Executive VP, Cellular Products & IC Design.
“This is the only cellular module comprising a LTE Cat 1 modem and a GNSS engine, with complete module hardware and software all developed by a single supplier. With our focus on the IoT market, we bring an ‘IoT first’ approach to silicon design”, he added.
Because modem and GNSS technologies were all developed in‑house, u‑blox said it is also able to provide unparalleled technical support for developers.
In addition, the module is pin‑compatible with the u‑blox LARA‑R2 series, which supports multimode LTE Cat 1 with 2G/3G fallback.
The LARA‑R3121 features FOTA, providing customers with a solution to issue firmware over the air updates. It also benefits from end‑to‑end security features, such as secure boot, secure transport layer, secure authentication, secure interfaces and APIs.
The 10 Mbits downstream and 5 Mbits upstream maximum throughput of LTE Cat 1 provides data rates sufficient for good quality video streaming.
LARA‑R3121 will be showcased at the u‑blox Booth A4/2150 at electronica, Munich, 8‑11 November 2016.
Read more about the u‑blox LARA‑R3121 module at: https://www.u‑blox.com/en/product/lara‑r3‑series
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