From a vision today to the reality of tomorrow. The u-blox story begins in 1997, when three ETH students left their doctoral studies and teamed up with their professor and an investor to found u-blox. Learn more.
Foundation as a spin‑off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH).
Development of the first commercial GPS product used for the heavy vehicle road pricing system in Switzerland (LSVA).
u‑blox provides the GPS receiver module for the first GPS‑enabled mobile phone.
u‑blox expands its global presence by opening offices in the USA and Asia.
u‑blox develops its own GPS receiver chip, Thomas Seiler becomes CEO.
Delivery of 1 millionth GPS receiver.
In 2007, we successfully made our IPO on the Swiss stock exchange. Now we could actually see how our work and strategy were valued in the open market.
Launch of AMY, world’s smallest GPS module. Delivery of the 10 millionth GPS receiver.
u‑blox gains a foothold in the wireless market through acquisition of Italy‑based NeonSeven and UK‑based Geotate. Introduction of a wireless module based on the GSM (2G) standard.
Introduction of a wireless module based on the UMTS (3G) standard.
Introduction of CDMA modules for the North American market through acquisition of California‑based Fusion Wireless.
Acquisition of Finland‑based Fastrax (extension of the portfolio with multi‑GNSS modules and antenna modules).
Extension of 4G wireless chip technology through the acquisition of UK‑based 4M Wireless (LTE stack) and Cognovo (software‑defined modem technology).
Acquisition of connectBlue AB, Sweden, for adding competence in Bluetooth technology to the portfolio. The following acquisition of Antcor, Greece, was the first step to add Wi‑Fi IP. At the end of the year, the acquisition of a team of key engineers from lesswire AG, a subsidiary of the PRETTL group in Berlin, rounded out the short range radio competencies with key automotive‑grade Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi module products.
u‑blox successfully issued bonds for 60 million CHF. The bonds were placed with institutional and private investors in Switzerland.
In October, u‑blox took over the manufacture and marketing of the Cohda Wireless Vehicle‑to‑Everything (V2X) module in a move to rapidly meet the increasing demand for trial purposes, early deployments and infrastructure roll‑outs.
u‑blox opened new offices in Osaka (Japan), Chongqing (China) and Tampere (Finland), thereby significantly increasing the workforce.
In September, u‑blox pioneered with its first cellular module, LARA‑R3121, with u‑blox proprietary UBX‑R3 LTE modem technology and integrated GNSS.
u‑blox launched the world’s first cellular Narrowband IoT (NB‑IoT) module, SARA‑N2 in June.
u‑blox Taiwan expanded in spring.
u‑blox started the year by bringing centimeter‑level precision GNSS technology to the mass market, with the NEO‑M8P module.
We celebrate and look back on 20 successful years.