u-blox introduces GSM/GPRS module at CeBIT, 3-8 March
"Establishing core competencies in both GPS and GSM is a key part of u-blox' strategy to provide the smallest, highest-performance, most cost effective module solution to the fast-growing mobile tracking market. Customers are increasingly demanding GPS with mobile connectivity to locate, track and manage valuable assets. The combined GSM/GPS technologies from a single supplier will meet our customers' needs for faster time-to-market, and lower production costs," said Thomas Seiler, CEO of u-blox.
LEON operates as a stand-alone GSM transceiver module or together with u-blox' GPS modules via a simple I2C interface allowing for a simple interface of both modules via one single UART. It is the first of a series of cellular surface-mount modules from u-blox. The modules' small footprint of only 18.9 x 29.5 x 2.84 mm and SMT pads on only two sides of the package results in simple mounting, cheaper PCB layout and easier quality control as compared to Ball-Grid or Land-Grid Array solutions. LEON features a low current consumption (1.6 mA in standby mode), and wide operating temperature (-30°C to +85°C). The module supports GPRS class 10 as well as voice communications (e.g. for emergency services) and comes equipped with embedded TCP/IP stack and AssistNow client.
For samples of the LEON module and further information, please contact our sales representatives. Production ramp up is targeted for Q3 2009.
Visit u-blox at CeBIT, Hall 15, Booth G36 to learn more.
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u-blox is a fabless semiconductor positioning solutions provider for the automotive, mobile communications and infrastructure markets. u-blox develops chips and complete modules based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including GPS and GALILEO. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Switzerland, the u-blox group is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has offices in the USA, in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. For more information, please visit www.u-blox.com.