Live from the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, M2M Zone has seen many important announcements from M2M companies, including u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland), a wireless chip and module company. On Monday, u-blox announced a CDMA module for the U.S. market, as well as partnership with Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.).
The company announced that its LISA-C200 wireless voice and data modem, based on CDMA technology, will be available in the U.S. beginning in the first quarter of 2011. The module was gained through u-blox’s acquisition of Fusion Wireless, a San Diego-based company, which was announced last month.
The surface-mounted module can be used for a range of M2M applications, and supports analog and digital voice in the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, up to 153 kb/s forward and reverse data communications and OTA provisioning methods, according to u-blox. The modem includes an embedded TCP- and UDP/IP stack and is scheduled for certification by US CDMA operators Sprint, Verizon and Aeris.
The company also announced that it has become a preferred wireless module provider to Sprint, mainly due to its acquisition on Fusion Wireless. The agreement between Sprint and u-blox includes fast-track modem certification as well as joint business activities to develop M2M devices using u-blox’s CDMA and GPS modules.