u-blox announces major moves into U.S.

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.).



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.