Vodafone certifies u-blox LISA 3G modules for M2M

LISA-U2 3G module series approved for operation over Vodafones' global UMTS networks

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u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a leading provider of wireless and positioning semiconductors, software and solutions, announces that its LISA-U200 and LISA-230 6-band UMTS/HSPA+ module series as well as LISA-U270 dual band module has achieved "Certified M2M Hardware" status by Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile telecom company. Vodafone owns and operates networks in over 30 countries and has partner networks in over 40 additional countries.

The certification allows global customers to design LISA-U2 modems into M2M devices operating over Vodafone's extensive 3G network in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Main applications include vehicle and asset tracking, industrial automation, metering, and security devices.

"Following a comprehensive certification procedure, we are proud that our LISA-U2 wireless module series has been approved for use over Vodafone's worldwide 3G network, one of the largest in the world. Close cooperation between Vodafone and our wireless certification engineers from our R&D center in Italy was instrumental to achieving this approval," said Armin Böshenz, VP Sales EMEA at u-blox.

The LISA-U2 series is the world's smallest multi-band 3G module series in LCC package delivering high data-rates (5.76 Mb/s uplink and up to 21.1 Mb/s downlink) with voice and data capabilities. They are compatible with consumer, automotive and industrial applications. For telematics applications such as fleet and asset management, the module provides easy integration with u-blox GPS, GLONASS and QZSS receivers. The modules are compatible with all UMTS bands used worldwide.

LISA modules come in SMT form-factor and have a very small footprint (only 22.4 x 33.2 x 2.6 mm), allowing easy mounting on any application board. The LISA form factor enables easy manufacturing, as well as nested design capability with u‑blox' SARA and LEON GSM/GPRS modules. Support for A-GPS and u-blox' unique CellLocateTM indoor positioning technology is embedded.

Features include compatibility with quad-band GPRS/EDGE, low power (idle mode less than 1.5 mA) and operating temperature -40 to +85 deg. C. RIL software for Android and Embedded Windows is available free of charge. LISA-U2 modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites and 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.

About Vodafone

Vodafone is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies by revenue with approximately 403 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as of 31 December 2012. Vodafone currently has equity interests in over 30 countries across five continents and more than 50 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com
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