Alpha Micro launches TOBY-L1 for superfast 4G M2M applications

Alpha Micro customers who are looking to make their M2M applications 4G capable can now use the new TOBY-L1 series of ultra-compact LTE modules from u-blox. Offering 4G download speeds that are 5-7 times faster than its 3G counterpart, the TOBY-L1 has been designed for high-speed bandwidth hungry M2M applications such as digital signage, mobile health, traffic management and security system applications.

Commenting on this new addition, Christos Papakyriacou, Managing Director, Alpha Micro Components, said “The TOBY-L1 is a natural evolution of our product portfolio and expands our cellular range to meet the emerging technological requirements for higher speed. The modules combine the benefits of LTE with ultra-small size to solve the most pressing issues our customers are facing – cost and size. Now, our customers can take advantage of LTE speed without breaking the bank.”

The LTE-only modules are able to offer cost advantages compared to their multi-mode counterparts, making it suitable for applications in networks with advanced LTE deployment.

Two versions are currently available: TOBY-L100 for the USA (bands 4, 13 on Verizon), and TOBY-L110 for Europe (bands 3, 7, 20 for EU operators). Housed in a compact 152-pin LGA module, the TOBY-L1 series is layout compatible with u-blox’ SARA GSM and LISA UMTS/CDMA module series to facilitate easy product migration as well as low-cost regional adaptation of end devices.

TOBY-L1 continues in u-blox’ philosophy of nested designs supporting smooth migration between 2G-3G-4G technologies, extremely small packaging, comprehensive support tools and unrivalled u-blox quality. The product is based on u-blox’ own LTE protocol stack which has been successfully proven by several early product deployments in many networks.

The new series delivers ultra-fast data rates (LTE Cat. 3; 100 Mb/s download, 50 MB/s upload) and operates from –40 to +85°C. USB drivers for Windows XP and 7 plus RIL software for Android 4.0 and 4.2 are available free of charge. Modules measure just 24.8 x 35.6 x 2.6 mm, allowing for easy mounting on any application board. Firmware update over the air (FOTA) completes the package.

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