Swiss-based u-blox is addressing cost-sensitive M2M applications by launcing its SARA-G340 product, which is a full-featured dual-band (900/1800 MHz) GSM/GPRS module in a popular compact LGA module form factor.
The SARA-G340 is perfect for industrial M2M applications such as metering, eCall, security, payment terminals, asset tracking and fleet management systems deployed in Europe and Asia, according to the company.
The new SARA-G340 voice/data module is the ninth variant of the company’s popular SARA modem series consisting of the SARA-G3 GSM/GPRS and SARA-U2 UMTS/HSPA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE module families. The SARA series includes full-featured and cost-optimized versions to cover a wide range of application requirements. Best-in-class power consumption is a primary feature of the SARA-G3 module series, with a standby current of less than 0.9 mA.
“In Europe and Asia, GSM/GPRS is a key and popular technology for connected M2M devices. We optimized the SARA-G340 for these applications, enabling our customers to quickly integrate ’smart‘ M2M connectivity into their products, “said Thomas Nigg, VP product marketing at u-blox.
“At the same time, our module compatibility philosophy gives customers a smooth path to the creation of an HSPA version of their products via our SARA-U2 series, the industry’s smallest 3G module.”
The SARA-G340 provides mobile connectivity in an ultra-small 16 x 26 mm LGA form factor. All 9 SARA cellular GSM and UMTS modules provide seamless pin compatibility with each other. They also provide easy migration to TOBY LTE modules to support future-proof 4G designs.
All SARA modules are supported by comprehensive support tools and unrivalled u-blox quality, also for automotive use.
The SARA-G340 provides a solution to a wide range of M2M applications requiring GSM/GPRS, voice and/or data, internet suite (embedded TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP and FTP), and in-band modem support for eCall and ERA GLONASS vehicle emergency call applications. Extremely low power consumption makes it perfect for portable or battery and solar-powered M2M communication applications.
The SARA Land Grid Array (LGA) form factor enables extremely compact designs and supports A-GPS for accelerated positioning used in telematics devices, and u-blox’ unique CellLocate hybrid positioning technology to facilitate advanced location-aware systems requiring indoor positioning.