2017-04-12 09:49:38
SARA Series

2021-01-21 11:10:00
ALEX-R5 - ultra-small LTE-M / NB-IoT module with separated GNSS part

Size optimised ALEX-R510M8S dual technology module delivers LTE-M (LTE Cat.M) / NB-IoT (LTE Cat.NB2) connectivity and GNSS positioning. It combines the secure u-blox UBX-R5 IoT chipset and the u-blox UBX-M8230 GNSS chipset with the highest level of integration in a System-in-Package (SiP).

Measuring just 14 x 14 x 1.5 mm,  ALEX-R510M8S  occupies  less than 50% of SARA-R5’s PCB without affecting the overall LTE and positioning performance. It is ideal for size-constrained devices like people and animal wearables, small asset trackers, portable healthcare systems and other small IoT applications.


The  Super-E  mode  of  the  GNSS  receiver  provides  ALEX-R510M8S with an ideal balance between low power and good performance. It is optimized for power-sensitive and battery-powered  applications,  featuring  a  market-leading  sub-μA  current consumption in PSM mode.


ALEX-R510M8S offers a dedicated GNSS serial interface and a  dedicated  GNSS  antenna  interface,  which  provides  highly  reliable  and  accurate  positioning  data  concurrent  with  LTE  communication. In addition, the module offers unique hybrid positioning, in which the GNSS position is enhanced with u-blox CellLocate® data, providing location always and everywhere.


u-blox Secure Cloud functionality, which supports IoT-Security-as-a-Service, makes ALEX-R510M8S the ideal choice for devices that transmit critical and confidential information. With all in-house technology and full hardware and software ownership, u-blox can guarantee long-term device availability and provide lifetime support of the entire platform, down to the chipset level.


u-blox R5 series modules are the only products in the market with a real LTE and GNSS chip-down integration, supporting the standard LTE-M and NB-IoT Power Class 3 of 23 dBm maximum output power, yielding better performance at cell edges and under more challenging network conditions.


The LTE-M and NB-IoT module supports a comprehensive set of 3GPP Rel. 14 features that are relevant for IoT applications, like improvements to power consumption, coverage, data rate, mobility, and positioning. It is 5G-ready, meaning customers will be able to upgrade software on their deployed devices once 5G LTE has been rolled out by mobile operators, which greatly improves product scalability and lifetime


Engineering samples available in summer 2021. 


More information and resources are available on the manufacturers webpage: ALEX-R5


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