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u-blox Launches New Line of Versatile, Low-Power GSM/GPRS Modules

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u-blox Launches New Line of Versatile, Low-Power GSM/GPRS Modules


October 03, 2012

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

u-blox (News - Alert) has launched SARA, a new line of versatile, low-power GSM/GPRS modules targeted at cost-sensitive applications.

The new SARA line of GSM modules is designed to give customers exactly the features they need, said Thomas Nigg, vice president of product marketing at u-blox, adding that the interchangeable and fully compatible SARA modules cover low to high-end features.

“This gives our M2M customers the precise cost/performance tradeoffs they need to develop the most cost-effective designs,” Nigg said.

It is seen that a wide range of applications need dual or quad-band GSM/GPRS, voice and/or data, optional Internet suite – embedded TCP/IP, UDP (News - Alert)/IP, HTTP and FTP – and in-band modem support for eCall and ERA GLONASS emergency call applications. And for these applications, SARA modules are expected to be an ideal solution.

Company officials said the low-power consumption benefit of SARA makes it perfect for portable applications.

The form factor of SARA Land Grid Array (LGA) also offers the advantage of enabling compact designs and easy integration. Plus, it supports simple migration to u-blox’ LISA UMTS and CDMA modules via PCB layout compatibility.

SARA modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites and each module is intensively inspected and tested during production. Company officials said the modules are qualified according to ISO 16750 – Environmental conditions and electrical testing for electrical and electronic equipment for road vehicles.

The first of the series, the SARA-G350 is expected to sample in Q4 2012. The company intends to begin production in Q1 2013.

u-blox is a provider of positioning and wireless semiconductors for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. The company’s solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video.

Earlier in September, u-blox announced the expansion of its industry-standard LISA 3G module series with two new products: the LISA-U260 supporting frequency bands II and V, used mainly in the Americas; and LISA-U270 supporting bands I and VIII, used mainly in EMEA and most of Asia.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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