Verizon OKs u-blox module for LTE-based M2M devices

For a long time, it seemed that most M2M applications, which do not require LTE data speeds or latency, might remain on low-cost 2G and 3G networks rather than migrating to LTE. However, the rapid rollout of LTE has made the air interface increasingly attractive to companies that want to future-proof their devices for the Internet of Things (IoT).

u-blox TOBY-L100

The TOBY-L100 solution includes power management.

In the latest sign of this shift, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) has certified u-blox's TOBY-L100 module for use on its LTE network, opening the door to inclusion of the device in new M2M products such as wireless routers, vehicle infotainment and telematics systems, industrial automation, metering, digital signage and security systems.

The TOBY-L100 solution includes power management, IP stack and USB 2.0 interface. The device operates in the automotive temperature range from –40 degrees C to +85 degrees C. A mini PCI-express version, the MPCI-L100, is also available for customers that want to integrate u-blox's technology into existing devices, u-blox said.

The Switzerland-based vendor noted that the TOBY-L100's small form factor follows u-blox's nested design approach, in which form factor and software continuity enables customers to easily upgrade their products with each new generation of u-blox modules. This provides for a smooth migration to LTE from u-blox's CDMA, GSM and HSPA modules, the company said.

"Having passed the certification requirements, we are pleased to offer our TOBY-L100 LTE module that will enable development of new and competitive products for industrial, automotive and consumer applications in the United States," says Nikolaos Papadopoulos, president of u-blox America.

Verizon's website also shows certified LTE modules from Quanta Computer, Samsung Electro-Mechanical, Sequans Communications, Sierra Wireless and Universal Global Scientifc Industrial.

For more:
- see this u-blox release
- see this Verizon Wireless webpage

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