Automotive grade, qualified positioning and connectivity modules

July 21, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Swiss GNSS specialist u-blox has added automotive qualified product variants added to its range of positioning and cellular wireless connectivity modules: the modules follow a 0-ppm failure rate program and are manufactured in an ISO/TS 16949 certified facility.

The additions comprise the NEO-M8Q-01A and NEO-M8L-01A, and the SARA-G350-02A and LISA-U201-03A. Manufactured according to the ISO/TS 16949 automotive supply chain quality management standard, the modules are thoroughly tested with an extended qualification process aimed at achieving the lowest level of failure rates. With long product life cycle characteristics, u-blox manufacturing management includes industry recognized processes such as automotive PCN, PPAP, and 8D failure reporting.


The NEO-M8Q-01A and the NEO-M8L-01A positioning modules provide concurrent reception of GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo. The NEO-M8L-01A is suited to providing 100% dead reckoning positioning coverage even in areas of weak signal such as in tunnels or multi-story car parks or those experiencing poor signal quality such as caused by multi-path reflections. This module is qualified to operate in the -40 to +85C range and the NEO-M8Q-01 GNSS module is the first GNSS module able to operate across the extended automotive temperature range from -40 to + 105C.


The SARA-G350-02A is a quad-band GSM/GPRS data and voice connectivity module that is certified for provisioning global connectivity. The LISA-U201-03A also provides global connectivity with 5 HSPA bands, with data rates up to 7.2 Mbps. Both these modules accommodate the automotive operating temperature range of – 40 to + 85C, with compact footprint and low power.


With these product additions, u-blox says is able to supply a complete range of automotive grade connectivity and positioning modules for use in navigation systems, telematics, e-Call, road tolling, and ADAS applications.