LTE category 4 modules come in LGA and PCI Express, complement TOBY-L1 LTE-only modules
Swiss u-blox, a leading provider of wireless and positioning chips and modules, introduces the TOBY-L2 and MPCI-L2 modem series, the company’s new line of ultra-compact LTE cellular modules with UMTS/HSPA+ and GSM/EDGE, GPRS fallback.
Supporting LTE category 4 speeds up to 150 Mbit/s down and 50 Mbit/s up, they are ideally suited for vehicle infotainment systems, tablets, notebooks, set top boxes, ruggedized mobile terminals, as well as high-speed M2M applications such as digital signage, mobile health, remote security and video systems, where backwards compatibility with 3G and 2G networks is desired.
The TOBY-L2 module in a 152-pin LGA package supports data and Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) with circuit-switched fallback, as well as in-band modem for emergency call services (e.g. eCall). The MPCI-L2 (mini-PCI Express card) supports data only. Both modules integrate dual IPv4 and IPv6 stacks. Versions for Europe, Asia and the Americas are available.
“Our TOBY-L2 and MPCI-L2 LTE modules broaden u-blox’ 4G portfolio to meet most customer requirements for embedded connectivity,” said Thomas Seiler, u-blox CEO. “Together with our TOBY-L1 LTE-only modules, u-blox provides an attractive, cost-effective range of compact LTE solutions with optional 2G/3G fallback that are perfectly suited for consumer, industrial and automotive applications.”
Four versions are currently available: TOBY-L200 and MPCI-L200 for the Americas (bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 17), as well as TOBY-L210 and MPCI-210 (PCISIG-compatible) for Europe and Asia (bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20). Versions for China and Japan are planned. The modules provide a rich set of interfaces and operate over -40 to +85 deg. C. All modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 automotive certified production sites.
TOBY-L2 maintains u-blox’ philosophy of nested design to support footprint compatibility and smooth migration between any of u-blox’ 2G/3G (SARA), 3G (LISA) and 4G (TOBY) modules, extremely small packaging, comprehensive support tools and unrivalled u-blox quality.
USB drivers for Windows plus RIL software for Android are available free of charge.
Swiss-based u-blox is the global leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative personal, professional and M2M solutions quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA. For more information, visit www.u-blox.com.