u-blox has recently expanded its product offering by adding automotive qualified product variants to its array of positioning and cellular wireless connectivity modules.
Included in the additions are the NEO-M8Q-01A and NEO-M8L-01A, as well as the SARA-G350-02A and LISA-U201-03A. Produced in accordance with the ISO/TS 16949 automotive supply chain quality management standard, the modules are tested with an extended qualification process targeted at attaining the lowest level of failure rates.
Utilizing the early production experience of tens of millions of professional grade modules, u-blox automotive grade modules constantly reach outstanding quality levels. Featuring long product life cycle characteristics, u-blox production management includes industry recognized processes such as automotive PCN, 8D failure reporting, and PPAP.
The NEO-M8Q-01A and the NEO-M8L-01A positioning modules give concurrent reception of GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, and Galileo. The former is suitable to offering 100 percent dead reckoning positioning coverage even in areas of weak signal such as in multi-story car parks or tunnels or those experiencing poor signal quality such as caused by multi-path reflections. The beauty of this module is that it is qualified to operate in the -40 to +85 degrees temperature range, and the NEO-M8Q-01 GNSS module is the first-ever GNSS module that can operate across the extended automotive temperature range from -40 to + 105 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, 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 gives global connectivity with 5 HSPA bands, featuring data rates up to 7.2 Mbps. Both of these modules accommodate the automotive temperature range of – 40 to + 85 degrees Celsius, have a compact footprint and consume very little power.
With these new product additions, u-blox can supply a comprehensive range of automotive grade connectivity and positioning modules for use inn telematics, navigation systems, road tolling, e-Call, and ADAS applications. Completing this portfolio are the recently announced V2X and Wi-Fi modules THEO, ELLA, and EMMY.
Samples are reportedly available next month and full production will start in September.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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