Wireless modules cover navigation, communications

July 21, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Swiss wireless modules manufacturer u-blox has expanded its product spectrum with a number of positioning and cellular wireless connectivity modules that aim at customers in the automotive value chain: The devices are all manufactured in an ISO/TS 16949 certified facility and are tested in a zero-ppm failure rate program.

The additions to u-blox’ product range comprise the NEO-M8Q-01A and NEO-M8L-01A, and respectively the SARA-G350-02A and LISA-U201-03A. The modules are tested with an extended qualification process aimed at achieving the lowest level of failure rates. With long product life cycle characteristics, u-blox manufacturing management includes industry recognized processes such as automotive PCN, PPAP, and 8D failure reporting.

The NEO-M8Q-01A and the NEO-M8L-01A positioning modules provide concurrent reception of the GPS, Glonass, Beidou, and Galileo satellite sytems. The NEO-M8L-01A is suited to providing 100% dead reckoning positioning coverage even in areas of weak signal such as in tunnels or multi-story car parks or those experiencing poor signal quality such as caused by multi-path reflections.  This module is qualified to operate in the -40 to +85 degrees temperature range and the NEO-M8Q-01 GNSS module is the first GNSS module able to operate across the extended automotive temperature range from -40 to + 105 degrees Celsius.

The SARA-G350-02A is a quad-band GSM/GPRS data and voice connectivity module that is certified for provisioning global connectivity. The LISA-U201-03A also provides global connectivity with 5 HSPA bands, with data rates up to 7.2 Mbps. Both these modules accommodate the automotive operating temperature range of – 40 to + 85 degrees Celsius, have a compact footprint and consume very little power.

With these product additions, u-blox is able to supply a range of automotive grade connectivity and positioning modules for use in navigation systems, telematics, e-Call, road tolling, and ADAS applications. The recently announced V2X and Wi-Fi modules THEO, EMMY, and ELLA complete this portfolio.

Samples are available in August; full production will commence in September 2016.

Further information: www.u-blox.com