The SARA S200 offers significant size and cost savings for secure and robust M2M and IoT wireless applications

Thalwil, Switzerland – May 15, 2017u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced SARA-S200, one of the smallest module compliant with RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) from Ingenu.

u-blox has successfully ported the proven technology used in its first-generation RPMA modules and made it 65 percent smaller. SARA-S200 delivers significant cost- and size-optimizations as requested by customers targeting the Smart Meter, Smart Building, Gas & Oil, Asset/Personnel Tracking and Agricultural industries.

As the second module developed by u-blox in association with Ingenu, the creators of RPMA technology, SARA-S200 builds on the companies’ strategic partnership, which began in September 2016 and was quickly cemented with the introduction of u-blox’s first RPMA-compliant module, the NANO-S100.

Andreas Thiel, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of u-blox, commented: “Ingenu’s patented RPMA technology offers significant advantages to a great variety of IoT applications, such as excellent in-building range and AES 128bit security encryption. With autonomous adaptation, RPMA delivers interference-free operation and the best performance and reliability in real-world applications. By bringing the SARA-S200 to market we can now deliver the same outstanding features found in our NANO-S100 module, in the SARA footprint; our most popular form-factor.”

Measuring just 16 mm by 26 mm by 2.3 mm in a Land Grid Array (LGA) package, SARA-S200 provides an easy migration between other u-blox form factors and cellular technologies thanks to nested design. Its low-power design (50 µW average power consumption in sleep mode) means it can operate for 10 years or longer from a single battery.

The modules will be manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified facilities with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and a secure design that meets NERC CIP and other industry-mandated critical infrastructure requirements. The SARA-S200 has been designed for industrial applications and offers an extended operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C.

John Horn, CEO of Ingenu, said: “Our strategic partnership with u-blox is further strengthened by the introduction of SARA-S200. It will give our partners the option of a fully compliant RPMA module with the same outstanding performance, in a significantly smaller format. The introduction of the SARA-S200 module will help enable a new generation of IoT applications.”

u-blox and Ingenu will showcase the SARA-S200 during Internet of Things World at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA (May 16-18 2017). Please visit u-blox at the Ingenu booth 1704 to see the SARA-S200. The first prototypes will be available in June 2017.

About u-blox
Swiss u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u-blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.