Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT


‘World’s smallest’ LTE Cat 4 module with global coverage and 2G/3G fallback

30 May 2022 Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

New from u-blox comes the LARA-L6 LTE Cat 4 cellular module, claiming to be the smallest of its kind to offer truly global coverage and 2G/3G fallback. It combines high data throughput and native support for external u‑blox GNSS receivers, with a full set of security features. LARA-L6 is an ideal fit for demanding size-constrained applications such as video surveillance, dashcams, high-end telematics, gateways and routers, and eHealth devices.

The new module, which delivers download data rates of 150 Mbps and upload data rates of 50 Mbps, renews the company’s LTE Cat 4 portfolio and offers a successor to the u-blox TOBY-L2 module series.

Measuring only 24 x 26 x 2,6 mm, LARA-L6 is available in two variants: a global one, the LARA-L6004, and a North American one, the LARA-L6404. LARA-L6 is pin/pad-compatible with all the u-blox LARA and SARA form factors, giving customers the flexibility to design a single PCB able to support different u-blox technologies with minimum hardware and software development effort. LARA-L6 comes with the most relevant regulatory and MNO certifications, which greatly simplifies logistics management for worldwide deployment.

LARA-L6 supports a comprehensive set of security features including a root of trust, secure boot and secure updates. Regular maintenance releases ensure that security is always up to date, keeping end-devices running and protecting them from attacks. Moreover, the module supports u-blox’s IoT Security-as-a-Service offering, which includes design security, end-to-end security, and access control services, which are all available from the Thingstream service delivery platform.

To streamline the development of IoT solutions that require satellite-based positioning, such as tracking and telematics devices, LARA-L6 is designed to integrate seamlessly with u-blox GNSS receivers, offering superior positioning performance over competing solutions with onboard GNSS receivers. Bundling the LARA-L6 with u-blox GNSS receivers is simplified thanks to native support for GNSS AT commands used to manage u-blox positioning modules and chipsets.

For more information contact Andrew Hutton, RF Design, +27 21 555 8400, [email protected], www.rfdesign.co.za


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