THALWIL, Switzerland and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Through the recent acquisition of Fusion Wireless, ublox, the Swiss embedded positioning and wireless chip and module company, has become a preferred wireless module provider to Sprint, a leading U.S.-based telecommunications carrier. The agreement includes fast-track modem certification as well as joint business activities to develop machine-to-machine (M2M) devices using u-blox's compact CDMA and GPS modules.
"With u-blox's access to CDMA2000 module technology through the recent acquisition of Fusion Wireless, we are confident that u-blox has the right technologies, resources and critical mass to be a solid partner for our M2M market strategy," said Wayne Ward, vice-president, Emerging Solutions Group for Sprint. "u-blox's proven performance as an established wireless module vendor, a leader in GPS module technology and a high-volume, quality manufacturing company provides the right formula for a successful relationship. The extensive sales, technical, and logistics support network are all reasons why Sprint is pleased to work with u-blox."
"With over a decade of experience, Sprint has shown tremendous growth in providing M2M solutions such as asset, fleet and people tracking, patient monitoring and telematics systems," said Nikolaos Papadopoulos, president of u-blox America. "We are proud that Sprint recognizes our unique ability to merge wireless and GPS technologies to provide M2M and telematics solutions, which are unparalleled in terms of size, sensitivity, and power consumption."
The mobile M2M market is predicted to grow from 25 billion dollars in 2010 to 57 billion dollars in 2014. Embedded mobile communications combined with global positioning are key requirements for most M2M applications. For more information about Sprint's M2M solutions, visit: http://m2m.sprint.com/m2m-solutions.aspx
For more information about u-blox' wireless and GPS modules, contact the ublox office nearest you, or visit u-blox at CTIA 2011, booth 447, October 11-13 at the San Diego Convention Center. http//www.u-blox.com/en/embedded-gps-and-gsm-products.html
u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, devices, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of GPS modules, chips, and software solutions together with wireless modules and solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Headquartered in Switzerland and with global presence in Europe, Asia and the Americas, ublox employs approximately 210 people. Founded in 1997, u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. (www.u-blox.com)