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Seeed announces two new IoT development boards using u-blox technology

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SeeedThalwil, Switzerland – June 7, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, announced today that its modules will be at the core of two new developer boards. The boards, which are designed and produced by Seeed, one of China’s largest distributors of microelectronic components for the international developer and maker communities, deliver cellular communication and positioning capabilities for a wide range of applications in the Internet of Things.

The first of the two development boards is a Raspberry Pi HAT designed to augment Raspberry Pi computers with cellular communication as well as cellular‑based positioning services. The board will be released in multiple variants (USA AT&T, USA Verizon, Europe) based on the u‑blox LARA‑R2 LTE Cat 1 module series.

The second board, the WIO LTE Cat M1 / NB1 tracker, provides the essential hardware to make low‑power location tracking devices for people, pets, and assets. It can be programmed using the Arduino IDE and is also Espruino (JavaScript) compatible. The board uses the u‑blox MAX‑M8Q GNSS module to determine position, integrating signals from multiple GNSS satellite constellations, and connects to the cellular network using the u‑blox SARA‑R4 LTE Cat M1 / NB1 module. Developers and businesses can customize the standalone board and have it manufactured through Seeed’s services to create solutions tailored to their specific needs.

“Seeed is among the top three designers and distributers of products that target makers. Based in China’s Shenzhen, also known as the “world capital of hardware innovation,” Seeed is ideally positioned to deliver a pioneering and affordable offering to both the domestic and the global maker community,” says Michael Ammann, Senior Principal at u‑blox.

“We are pleased to collaborate with u‑blox on the development of these two IoT boards. The fact that the mobile communication networks that these new products rely on are only now being rolled out could have been an obstacle,” says Ye Xiaobo, Product Manager at Seeed. “But thanks to good documentation and support, we are excited to give our customers the opportunity to develop new applications that benefit from the low power consumption and low‑cost data plans they need.”

About u‑blox
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of products supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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u‑blox media contact:
Natacha Seitz
PR Manager
Mobile +41 76 436 0788
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

About Seeed
Seeed is the IoT hardware enabler providing services that empower IoT developers to swiftly realize their products. By partnering with technology providers from hardware to the cloud, Seeed offers a wide array of hardware platforms and sensor modules ready to be integrated with existing IoT platforms. With Shenzhen’s extensive and flexible supply chain, Seeed also offers customization and agile manufacturing services, ranging from a single unit to over 10,000 units. Seeed serves the global market from its headquarter in Shenzhen, China, with branch offices in the US and Japan.
(www.seeed.cc)

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Seeed contact:
Seth Welday, Product Marketing Manager, Seeed
E‑mail: seth.welday@seeed.cc

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u-blox accelerates V2X active traffic safety

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UBX‑P3 is industry’s smallest concurrent dual‑channel V2X communication chip

Thalwil, Switzerland – June 5, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, today announced its UBX‑P3  chip for vehicle‑to‑everything (V2X) wireless communication based on the DSRC/802.11p standard. The chip builds on the success of the u‑blox THEO‑P1 and VERA‑P1 V2X modules, and the company’s experience as a technology supplier to the existing V2X chip industry. Developed entirely in‑house, the UBX‑P3 takes u‑blox’s commitment to shaping the future of active safety and autonomous driving technologies to the level of industrialization.

Driven by demands for reducing traffic accidents and optimized traffic management, V2X technology leverages wireless communication for vehicle‑to‑vehicle (V2V) and vehicle‑to‑infrastructure (V2I) communication, giving all vehicles on the road a shared real‑time perception of their surroundings. In addition to increasing road safety, V2X technology improves traffic management and enables wide‑ranging applications such as truck platooning as well as in areas including smart cities, mining, and agriculture.

UBX‑P3 communicates via the IEEE 802.11p wireless standard, referred to as Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) in the USA. The DSRC/802.11p technology is mature and available for immediate deployment of V2X systems. Many automotive tier‑1 suppliers are developing DSRC/802.11p based solutions. Car and truck OEMs have either deployed or plan to deploy the solutions commercially in the near future.

Offered in a compact 9 x 11 millimeter form factor, the UBX‑P3 supports various design options for flexible deployments in the vehicle and the road‑side infrastructure. The UBX‑P3 concurrently communicates on two channels, which means that safety and service messages can be processed continuously providing greater safety in traffic. Alternatively, it can be used to enable the chip to simultaneously communicate on the same channel using two antennas, thus providing vehicles full coverage with no blind spots.

As the market leader in automotive positioning solutions, u‑blox has a two decades experience working with the automotive industry’s quality and supply requirements. UBX‑P3 is designed in accordance with these stringent demands and complements u‑blox’s portfolio of automotive grade positioning, cellular communication, and short range radio technology.

“UBX‑P3 is the fruit of our longstanding investment in the development of V2X. We are convinced that this innovative chip will contribute to accelerating the deployment of DSRC/802.11p technologies to make transportation safer, more efficient, and more sustainable,” says Herbert Blaser, Senior Director, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox.  

Samples will be available for lead customers in the course of 2018.

About u‑blox
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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u‑blox contact:
Herbert Blaser
Senior Director, Product Center Short Range Radio
Tel +41 44 722 7469
herbert.blaser@u-blox.com

u‑blox AG
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u-blox unveils the next step towards increased traffic safety and autonomous driving

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Thalwil, Switzerland – June 5, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, today announced its short range UBX‑P3 chip for vehicle‑to‑everything (V2X) wireless communication based on the DSRC/802.11p standard. Building on the success of two previous generations of u‑blox V2X modules and the company’s position as market leader in scalable, high‑precision GNSS positioning solutions, the UBX‑P3, developed entirely in‑house, takes u‑blox’s commitment to shaping the future of active safety and autonomous driving technologies to the next level.

V2X technology leverages wireless communication for vehicle‑to‑vehicle (V2V) and vehicle‑to‑infrastructure (V2I) communication, giving all vehicles on the road a shared real‑time perception of their surroundings. In addition to increasing road safety, V2X technology improves traffic management and enables wide‑ranging applications such as truck platooning, as well as applications in areas including smart cities, mining, and agriculture.

In its recent report ”Intelligent Transportation Systems Market Data, QTR 4 2017,” ABI Research is projecting for 2018 to 2026 an accumulated volume of 157 M DSRC/802.11p units for new cars in the core markets US, EU and APAC, reaching above 206m units in total when including smaller regions and aftermarket volumes.

Major factors driving growth of the V2X market include rising demand for real‑time traffic and incident alerts for increasing public safety, expansion in government funding for better traffic management, and the development of connected vehicles. DSRC/802.11p technology is mature and available for immediate deployment of V2X systems. Many automotive tier‑1 suppliers are developing DSRC/802.11p based solutions. Car and truck OEMs like VW, GM, and Toyota have either deployed or plan to deploy the solutions commercially in the near future. After a long period of trial deployments in Japan, Toyota has announced plans to begin a broad placement of V2V and V2I technology in the U.S. market from 2021, with the goal of outfitting almost its entire line‑up with the technology by 2025. The trials in Japan helped to significantly decrease the number of accidents.

As the market leader in automotive positioning solutions, u‑blox has two decades’ experience working with the automotive industry’s quality and supply requirements. UBX P3 is designed in accordance with these stringent demands. The new product complements u‑blox’s portfolio of automotive grade positioning, cellular communication, and short range radio technology.

“UBX‑P3 is the result of our longstanding investment in the development of V2X. It is the industry’s smallest V2X communication chip - capable of concurrently communicating on two channels, which means that safety and service messages can be processed concurrently providing greater safety in traffic. This innovative chip will contribute to accelerating the deployment of DSRC/802.11p technologies to make transportation safer, more efficient, and more sustainable,” says Herbert Blaser, Senior Director, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox.

About u blox
u blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of products supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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