u-blox introduces TOBY-L1 series, world's smallest multi-band 4G LTE-only modules

TOBY-L100 to be demonstrated in wireless set top box during CTIA 2013

May 20, 2013, 08:00 ET from u-blox

THALWIL, Switzerland, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Swiss u-blox , a leading provider of wireless and positioning integrated circuits and modules, introduces the TOBY-L1 series, a new line of ultra-compact LTE modules. TOBY-L100 and European variant TOBY-L110 are ideally suited for tablets, mobile routers and set top boxes, as well as high-speed M2M applications such as digital signage, mobile health, and security systems.

"The TOBY-L1 family again confirms u-blox as the leader in wireless technology for mobile applications," says Thomas Seiler, u-blox CEO. "TOBY-L1 combines the benefits of LTE with ultra-small size to solve the most pressing issues our customers are facing: cost and size.  Now, our customers can take advantage of LTE speed without breaking the bank."

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

"TOBY-L100 is particularly suited for the exploding tablet market in the US, where TOBY-L100 offers users and carriers flexibility as a 'Super-Wifi' option", says Nikolaos Papadopoulos, president of u-blox America.  "With low-cost TOBY-L100, we expect connected tablets to significantly increase volumes compared to Wifi-only tablets, increasing wireless carriers' penetration in this market."

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' philosophy of nested designs, supporting smooth migration between 2G-3G-4G technologies in GSM/UMTS/CDMA; extremely small packaging; comprehensive support tools; and the unrivalled u-blox quality. The product is based on blox' own LTE protocol stack which has been successfully proven by several early product deployments in many networks.

TOBY-L1 series delivers ultra-fast data rates (LTE Cat. 3; 100 Mb/s download, 50 MB/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.

TOBY-L1 LGA modules measure only 22.8 x 35.6 x 2.8 mm, allowing for easy mounting on any application board.  

TOBY-L100 will be demonstrated in a wireless set top box during CTIA 2013 in Las Vegas at u-blox booth number 4938. For more information about TOBY-L1, visit www.u-blox.com.

About u-blox
Swiss-based u-blox is the global leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative personal, professional and M2M solutions quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.

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