Versatile ultra-small GSM module for M2M

October 03, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
u-blox has launched a new line of versatile, low-power GSM/GPRS modules targeted at cost-sensitive machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Packaged in a compact 16 x 26 mm LGA module, SARA modules is aimed at M2M applications requiring dual or quad-band GSM/GPRS, voice and/or data, optional Internet suite (embedded TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP and FTP), and in-band modem support for eCall and ERA GLONASS emergency call applications. Extremely low power consumption makes SARA perfect for portable applications.
"Our new SARA line of GSM modules is designed to give customers exactly the features they need", said Thomas Nigg, VP Product Marketing at Swiss developer u-blox, "The interchangeable and fully compatible SARA modules cover low to high-end features. This gives our M2M customers the precise cost/performance tradeoffs they need to develop the most cost-effective designs."
SARA modules are ideally suited for M2M and automotive applications such as Automatic Meter Reading (AMR), Remote Monitoring Automation and Control (RMAC), surveillance and security, road pricing, asset tracking, fleet management, anti-theft systems and Point of Sales (PoS) terminals.
The SARA Land Grid Array (LGA) form factor enables compact designs and easy integration, and supports simple migration to u-blox' LISA UMTS and CDMA modules via PCB layout compatibility. Support for A-GPS and u-blox' unique CellLocateTM positioning technology is embedded to facilitate advanced telematics applications including indoor positioning.
RIL software for Android and Embedded Windows is available free of charge.
SARA modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites. Each module is intensively inspected and tested during production. The modules are fully qualified according to ISO 16750 - Environmental conditions and electrical testing for electrical and electronic equipment for road vehicles to provide high durability and reliability.
The first of the series, the SARA-G350, will sample in Q4 2012, with production in Q1 2013.