LTE module for superfast 4G bandwidth-hungry M2M applications

Paul Boughton

Those keen to make their M2M applications 4G capable can now embrace the advantages of this 4th generation mobile phone technology using the new TOBY-L1 series of ultra-compact LTE modules from u-blox.

The new TOBY-L1 series of ultra-compact LTE modules from u-blox offer 4G download speeds five-to-seven times faster than its 3G counterpart. The TOBY-L1 is suited for high-speed bandwidth hungry M2M applications such as digital signage, mobile health, traffic management and security system applications

LTE-only modules offer cost advantages compared to their multi-mode counterparts, making TOBY-L1 optimal for applications in networks with advanced LTE deployment.

Two versions are currently available: TOBY-L100 for the USA (bands 4, 13 on Verizon), and TOBY-L110 for Europe (bands 3, 7, 20 for EU operators).  Housed in a compact 152-pin LGA module, the TOBY-L1 series is layout compatible with u-blox’ SARA GSM and LISA UMTS/CDMA module series to facilitate easy product migration as well as low-cost regional adaptation of end devices.

TOBY-L1 continues in u-blox’ approach of nested designs supporting smooth migration between 2G-3G-4G technologies, extremely small packaging, comprehensive support tools and unrivalled u-blox quality. The product is based on u-blox’ own LTE protocol stack which has been successfully proven by several early product deployments in many networks.

The new series delivers ultra-fast data rates (LTE Cat. 3; 100Mb/s download, 50MB/s upload) and operates from –40 to 85°C. USB drivers for Windows XP and 7 plus RIL software for Android 4.0 and 4.2 are available free of charge. Modules measure just 24.8 x 35.6 x 2.6mm, allowing for easy mounting on any application board. Firmware update over the air (FOTA) completes the package.

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