World’s smallest LTE Cat M1/NB1 multimode module for IoT and M2M applications

July 12, 2017 | 00:00
The industry’s smallest module available in the market today (16 x 26 mm), offering both LTE Cat M1 and Cat NB1 in a single hardware package.
The industry’s smallest module available in the market today (16 x 26 mm), offering both LTE Cat M1 and Cat NB1 in a single hardware package.
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announces the SARA‑R410M‑02B, a configurable LTE Cat M1/NB1 multi‑mode module with worldwide coverage. It is the industry’s smallest module available in the market today (16 x 26 mm), to offer both LTE Cat M1 and Cat NB1 in a single hardware package, as well as software‑based configurability for all deployed bands. It also supports ultra‑low power consumption and cost‑optimized solutions, making it an effective choice for the development of LPWA IoT applications.
 
SARA‑R410M‑02B allows customers to use a single hardware version globally.  Customers can easily respond to changes in business or market conditions, since supported frequencies and operator configuration decisions can now be made at 'zero hour' or even later in the field.  The flexibility extends further with the ability to select modes dynamically between Cat M1 and Cat NB1 as either single or preferred connection.
 
Critical firmware updates can be delivered with u‑blox proprietary uFOTA ('firmware over the air') client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol that is ideal for IoT applications.
 
Another benefit of SARA‑R410M‑02B is the hardware readiness for future support of voice functionality via VoLTE over Cat M1, which can be used for applications requiring a level of human interaction, as is the case for security applications such as alarm panels. 
 
SARA‑R410M‑02B provides an extended temperature range of -40 to +85 °C, and supports Power Save Mode (PSM) and Extended Discontinuous Reception (e-DRX), which can extend battery lifetime up to 10 years.
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