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Smallest single-mode LTE Cat 1bis IoT module

Smallest single-mode LTE Cat 1bis IoT module

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By Nick Flaherty



u-blox in Switzerland has launched a compact LTE Cat 1bis IoT module that the company says is the smallest on the market.

The Lexi-R10 LTE Cat 1bis IoT module measures 16 x 16mm and is aimed at applications such as asset tracking and aftermarket telematics.  

The Lexi-R10 is a third the size of the previous Lena-R8 module at 256mm2 vs 810mm2 by removing the 2G fallback and positioning functions. LTE Cat 1bis was initially introduced in 3GPP Rel 13 in 2016 but is only now gaining traction with the planned sunset of 2G cellular technology in many regions. LTE Cat 1bis is globally available via LTE networks, yet more affordable than higher data rate LTE categories. 

The Lexi-R10 module also includes a WiFi Radio to scan available WiFi hotspots for positioning applications via a location-based service such as the u-blox CellLocate WiFi.

“The u-blox LEXI-R10 is the right choice whenever size constraints drive the design. For instance, LEXI-R10 adapts perfectly to the requirements of pet and personal trackers. Its convenient size allows designers to explore setups so far unthinkable,” says Samuele Falcomer, Senior Product Line Manager, Product Center Cellular, u blox.

The first samples will be available by Q1 2024

www.u-blox.com

 

 

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