A line of LTE modules with UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE and GPRS fallback has been announced by u-blox. Designated the TOBY-L2 and MPCI-L2 modem series, the devices support LTE category 4 speeds up to 150 Mb/s down and 50 Mb/s up.
Supporting data and Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) with circuit-switched fallback, the TOBY-L2 module is available in a 152-pin LGA package. The MPCI-L2 (mini-PCI Express card) supports data only. Both modules integrate dual IPv4 and IPv6 stacks, with versions for Europe, Asia and the Americas available. Four versions are currently available: TOBY-L200 and MPCI-L200 for the Americas (bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 17), as well as TOBY-L210 and MPCI-210 (PCISIG-compatible) for Europe and Asia (bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20). Versions for China and Japan are planned. The modules provide a rich set of interfaces and operate over -40°C to +85°C. All modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 automotive certified production sites.
The devices are designed for vehicle infotainment systems, tablets, notebooks, set top boxes, ruggedized mobile terminals, as well as high-speed M2M applications such as digital signage, mobile health, remote security and video systems, where backwards compatibility with 3G and 2G networks is desired. USB drivers for Windows plus RIL software for Android are available free of charge.
“Our TOBY-L2 and MPCI-L2 LTE modules broaden u-blox’ 4G portfolio to meet most customer requirements for embedded connectivity,” said Thomas Seiler, u-blox CEO. “Together with our TOBY-L1 LTE-only modules, u-blox provides an attractive, cost-effective range of compact LTE solutions with optional 2G/3G fallback that are perfectly suited for consumer, industrial and automotive applications.”