u-blox certifies LTE Cat M1 module for Verizon network

u-blox (SIX: UBXN), a provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, has received certification for its SARA-R404M module for Verizon´s nationwide Category M1 (Cat M1) LTE network, which will support a broad range of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the company said.

The SARA-R404M module is the smallest Cat M1 module available in the market today, measuring just 16 x 26 mm in an LGA form factor that is designed for easy integration and manufacturing.

The SARA-R404M LTE Cat M1 module will consume significantly less power than comparable 3G or 4G technologies and is optimized for long battery life of up to 10 years for some use cases, and offering an extended temperature range of -40 to +85°C, reducing maintenance expenses and the total cost of device ownership. It also supports extended coverage in buildings and basement with a 15 dB coverage enhancement as compared to GSM.

LTE Cat M1 is part of the 3GPP Release 13 standard supporting low power wide area technologies in the licensed spectrum and specifically supports IoT applications with low to medium data throughput rates. It can support applications requiring longer battery lifetimes, low latency and mobility. The market potential for this new technology is extensive and will cover applications in many areas, such as the smart home, security systems, industrial monitoring and control, asset tracking, telematics, connected health, smart metering, and smart cities.