u-blox has launched what it claims is the world’s first 4G LTE Cat 4 module with 3G WCDMA fall-back. The TOBY-L201 module works on both AT&T and Verizon networks in the US and switches automatically, or via AT command, to AT&T’s or Verizon’s network without the need to load new firmware.
Depending on which carrier’s SIM card is inserted, TOBY-L201 recognizes the carrier and starts on that carrier’s network. If devices are equipped with two SIM cards or a configurable SIM chip, TOBY-L201 can be switched between operators on-the-fly via a simple AT command.
The module offers download speeds up to 150Mbps and comes in a miniature 24.8 x 35.6mm LGA form factor. It operates from -40°C to +85°C, making it suitable for most demanding automotive, industrial, and consumer devices.
u-blox believes the TOBY-L201 is ideal for infotainment systems, telematics control units, rugged mobile terminals, set-top boxes, notebooks, tablets, as well as high-speed M2M applications like alarm panels, digital signage, mobile health, remote security and video systems.
“No other cellular module can rival TOBY-L201 for its unique combination of carrier independence and high performance in a very cost-effective, compact package,” claimed Nikolaos Papadopoulos, president of u-blox America.
“Of course, as all u-blox cellular modules, TOBY-L201 is layout compatible with our GSM/GPRS, HSPA/HSPA+, and CDMA modules, making it very easy for customers to upgrade their existing products.”
TOBY-L201 includes IPv4/IPv6 stacks for secure Internet-of-Things applications. The module is designed for easy integration with u-blox GNSS modules and chips to provide both outdoor and indoor positioning capabilities. TOBY-L201 will also include an extensive suite of IP protocols including TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, FTP, and SSL.
Linux supports TOBY-L201 modules natively, while u-blox provides RIL software for Android and Embedded Windows free of charge. The modules are produced in ISO/TS 16949 automotive-certified production sites.