Just recently, u-blox has finally kicked off the distribution of its SARA-U201, which is currently the smallest cellular module in the market that supports 2G and 3G. The device is pin and form factor compatible with the company’s other region-specific 2G and 3G variants, such as the 2G SARA-G350. These are all available through distributor Alpha Micro.
Measuring only 16 x 26 x 3 mm, the 96-pin SARA-U201 delivers 5-band UMTS, quad-band GSM, and has global radio regulatory approvals. Communication is via DDC, UART and USB interfaces.
Suitable to automotive telematics, industrial and consumer applications specifically within the IoT space, the voice and data capable SARA-U201 is claimed as the best single module solution for end devices that must operate on all existing worldwide 2G and 3G networks. Included in its applications are asset tracking, fleet and inventory management.
Same with other devices in u-blox’s SARA-u2 range, the SARA-U201 also offers CellLocate indoor positioning as well as pre-integrated AssistNow feature to enhance GNSS acquisition performance when utilized along with u-blox GNSS modules and chips. In addition to pin and form factor compatibility, these pre-integrated features ensure a simple migration path for u-blox customers that require to upgrade their existing designs or have a number of product options using the same design.
Another advantage of u-blox’s SARA-U201 is that it is qualified at temperatures ranging from –40 to +85°C. Produced in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites and qualified in accordance with ISO 16750, this module meets the environmental and electrical testing criteria for use in road vehicles.
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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