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U-Blox unveils LTE modem targeting M2M and IoT

Steve Rogerson
September 29, 2016

Swiss company U-Blox claims to be the first single supplier of an LTE Cat 1 module for the IoT featuring proprietary LTE modem technology
Developed from the ground up by U-Blox, the Austrian-made UBX-R3 platform is at the heart of the Cat 1 LTE module, Lara-R3, marking a milestone in a long-term strategy to establish LTE modem technology designed for both the IoT and for M2M communications.
The cellular product uses a combination of a Cat 1 LTE modem and GNSS technology.
The Lara-R3 is a single-mode LTE Cat 1 module that complements the company’s existing multimode LTE Cat 1 portfolio, which consists of the Lara-R2 and Toby-R2 series. In response to customer demand, Lara-R3 additionally provides positioning information based on an on-board GNSS receiver.
The single-mode LTE Cat 1 configuration meets market demand for dedicated LTE products. It joins the company’s portfolio of products and technologies aimed specifically at applications for the IoT.
Designed and qualified for communications in harsh environments, the professional-grade Lara-R3 includes robust system design, long-term availability and full component traceability. The software-defined modem architecture in the UBX-R3 modem has specific features for IoT, such as power reduction, signalling optimisation, and load and throughput control, all compatible with the latest standards. System complexity has been adapted for LTE-only support and the device can be modified to meet requirements.
End-to-end security features such as secure firmware boot, secure transport layer, secure interfaces and secure APIs are integrated within the Lara-R3 module.
“The UBX-R3 platform and the Lara-R3 product series showcase U-Blox’s long-term strategy to provide the industry’s best LTE modem technology for the IoT and for M2M communication,” said Thomas Seiler, CEO of U-Blox. “It is the result of U-Blox’s integration of expertise brought on board by acquisitions for technology and talent, and involved the collaboration of a highly capable and experienced team of cellular R&D engineers in six locations.”