UBX-R5: U-Blox’s First IoT Chipset Achieves Global Certification

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Comes with built-in end‑to‑end security, making it ideal for longevity of IoT applications

The Global Certification Forum (GCF), an organization for certifying mobile and IoT products has certified u-blox’s LTE-M/NB-IoT chipset, the UBX-R5, making it the first IoT chipset to be recognised for ease of integration into modules and devices.

Built for 5G readiness

The u-blox UBX-R5 is a 5G cellular chipset for low power wide area networks (LPWAN) applications such as smart metering, telematics, tracking, security systems, building automation, as well as, smart lighting solutions and connected health. With 5G networks soon to be rolled out, 5G readiness is becoming a key factor in selecting cellular communication modules. Several LTE‑M and NB‑IoT modules are becoming 5G‑compatible. Therefore, by implementing key LTE‑M and NB‑IoT features from 3GPP Release 14, UBX-R5 offers its users a smooth transition towards 5G via software upgrades to already deployed devices.

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The chip also features end-to-end device security, data security, and access control management.

“GCF’s IoT chipset certification initiative was launched earlier this year and we’re extremely pleased to have u-blox achieve the first certification so soon for its UBX-R5 Cat-M1 chipset,” said Lars Nielsen, CEO at Global Certification Forum. “We anticipate that many more IoT chipsets will come through the programme this year, offering confidence and reliability for the IoT industry with industry-recognised compliance to 3GPP standards.”

“We are delighted that GCF has recognized the quality of our UBX-R5 LTE-M/NB-IoT chipset that sets a new benchmark for IoT connectivity, while paving the way for robust secure communication from the chip all the way to the cloud,” says Andreas Thiel, Head of Product Centers at u‑blox.

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UBX-R5 offers unmatched, built-in end‑to‑end security, thanks to an integrated hardware‑based root of trust (RoT) in a discrete secure element that is compliant with EAL5+ High common criteria certification. All this, makes the chipset ideal for protecting sensitive assets and communications.


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