Developed from the ground up by u-blox, the UBX-R3 platform affirms u-blox’s commitment to delivering the industry’s best IoT cellular connectivity. The platform is at the heart of the first Cat 1 LTE module, LARA-R3, marking the first milestone in a long-term strategy to establish leading LTE modem technology designed specifically for both the IoT and for M2M communication.
u-blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, has unveiled the UBX-R3, its proprietary LTE modem technology platform. The platform supports the LARA-R3 module series, the only cellular product in the market to feature a combination of a Cat 1 LTE modem and GNSS technology, all developed by a single supplier.
The LARA-R3 product series is a single-mode LTE Cat 1 module based on the UBX-R3 LTE modem technology platform. It complements u-blox’s existing multimode LTE Cat 1 portfolio, which consists of the LARA-R2 and TOBY-R2 module 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 increasing market demand for dedicated LTE products. It completes u-blox’s unique portfolio of products and technologies aimed specifically at applications for things connected to the internet (IoT).
Designed and qualified for reliable communication in harsh environments, the new professional-grade LARA-R3 series comes with features that set it apart from the competition, including robust system design, long-term availability, and full component traceability. The software-defined modem architecture in the UBX-R3 modem platform offers specific features for IoT, like power minimisation, signaling optimisation and load and throughput control, all compatible with latest standard releases. System complexity has been adapted for LTE-only support and the device can be modified to meet specific customer requirements.
The new platform can support end-to-end security features (secure firmware boot, secure transport layer, secure interfaces, secure APIs) that are tightly integrated within the LARA-R3 module. And as with all u-blox products, customers can rely on highly competent support.
“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,” says 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.”
The new modem and product series affirm u-blox’s aim to deliver the best cellular connectivity technology for the IoT and puts the company in full control of its own product roadmap, features, quality and costs.