Thalwil, Switzerland – February 25, 2009 – With the release of a new surface‑mount GSM transceiver module “LEON”, u‑blox is pleased to announce its entry into the rapidly expanding embedded GSM/GPRS market. When combined with u‑blox’ standard GPS modules, OEMs now have a one‑stop solution that merges GPS positioning and tracking with the power to communicate over the world’s largest mobile network. The module is ideal for cost‑sensitive industrial applications such as fleet management, asset and personnel tracking, vehicle recovery, point‑of‑sales terminals and metering.
“Establishing core competencies in both GPS and GSM is a key part of u‑blox’ strategy to provide the smallest, highest‑performance, most cost effective module solution to the fast‑growing mobile tracking market. Customers are increasingly demanding GPS with mobile connectivity to locate, track and manage valuable assets. The combined GSM/GPS technologies from a single supplier will meet our customers’ needs for faster time‑to‑market, and lower production costs,” said Thomas Seiler, CEO of u‑blox.
LEON operates as a stand‑alone GSM transceiver module or together with u‑blox’ GPS modules via a simple I2C interface allowing for a simple interface of both modules via one single UART. It is the first of a series of cellular surface‑mount modules from u‑blox. The modules’ small footprint of only 18.9 x 29.5 x 2.84 mm and SMT pads on only two sides of the package results in simple mounting, cheaper PCB layout and easier quality control as compared to Ball‑Grid or Land‑Grid Array solutions. LEON features a low current consumption (1.6 mA in standby mode), and wide operating temperature (–30°C to +85°C). The module supports GPRS class 10 as well as voice communications (e.g. for emergency services) and comes equipped with embedded TCP/IP stack and AssistNow client.