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Groundbreaking module LARA-R3121: designed specifically for the Internet of Things

 LARA-R3121 module that combines a single-mode long-term evolution (LTE) category one modem and a GNSS positioning engine for internet of things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices
The LARA-R3121 module combines a single-mode long-term evolution (LTE) category one modem and a GNSS positioning engine for internet of things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.

Thalwil, Switzerland – NOV 7 2016 – u-blox (SIX: UBXN), a leading global provider of modules and chips in the area of embedded positioning and wireless communications, today announced the module LARA-R3121 presented. It is a new module that an LTE Cat 1 single-mode modem and a GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) includes -Positionierungstechnologie designed specifically for IoT and M2M devices. LTE modem, GNSS and module technology developed internally at u-blox. The versatile module LARA-R3121 is ideal for IoT applications, such as smart metering for utilities, Connected Health and patient monitoring, intelligent buildings, security and video surveillance, intelligent payment and POS systems and wearables such as Action cameras.

“Most IoT modules on the market use LTE modem technology developed by chip manufacturers that produce primarily for the handset market. These modules are not necessarily ideal for IoT applications as they target with their functions mainly Tier 1 handset manufacturers and are not designed for a long service life. LARA-R3121 is characterized by contrast, other functions and conditions of which are geared to the industrial market, “said Andreas Thiel, u-blox founder and Executive VP of Cellular Products & IC design. “This is the only mobile module developed by a supplier, the 1 modem and GNSS positioning technology with complete module hardware and software features from a single source via an LTE Cat. With our focus on the IoT market we drive the chip design an approach that IoT prioritized. ”

LARA-R3121 is supplied 26 mm in small LARA LGA form factor of 24 x, which is ideal for compact IoT devices. This standardized housing permits simple and automated production. It is pin-compatible with the LARA-R2-series of u-blox, the multimode LTE Cat 1 with 2G / 3G fallback support. The module represents a first milestone in the long-term strategy of u-blox to build modules based on the LTE modem technology platform UBX-R3, a company internally developed specifically for IoT and M2M, flexible, software-defined modem architecture.

Customers benefit from in-house development

The main modem, positioning and module components of LARA-R3121 are developed internally. For a full clearance for innovative functions is given which ensures the end-to-end security and the full control of product quality. At the same time providing for a long-term product availability that is required for many IoT applications. Since both the modem and the GNSS technology are u-blox own developments, developers can also be a first-class technical support on offer.

LARA-R3121 has the FOTA function, which enables customers to deliver firmware updates “over the air”. It also benefits from end-to-end security features, such as a safe start, secure transport layer, secure authentication, secure interfaces and APIs. Like other mobile modules from u-blox it corresponds to the Nested design concept, the easy migration and a future-proof, seamless mechanical scalability across all mobile technologies allows away.

Ready for LTE World

As exclusively for LTE designed single-mode module, LARA-R3121 makes use of the fact that LTE networks everywhere disseminated. This products require increasingly rare fallback to 3G or 2G, so not removed essential components and thus cost and power consumption can be reduced.

The maximum data throughput of 10 Mbit / s downstream and 5 Mbit / s upstream of LTE Cat 1 provides data rates that are sufficient for video transmission in good quality.

Find out more about the module LARA-R3121 u-blox at: https://www.u-blox.com/de/product/lara-r3-series .

LARA-R3121 is the u-blox booth A4 / 2150 on the electronica presented in Munich from 8 to 11 November 2016.

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