“Establishing core competencies in both GPS and GSM is a key part of u-blox’ strategy to provide the smallest, highest-performance, most cost effective module solution to the fast-growing mobile tracking market. Customers are increasingly demanding GPS with mobile connectivity to locate, track and manage valuable assets. The combined GSM/GPS technologies from a single supplier will meet our customers’ needs for faster time-to-market, and lower production costs,” said Thomas Seiler, CEO of u-blox.
Production ramp up is targeted for Q3 2009.
LEON operates as a stand-alone GSM transceiver module or together with u-blox’ GPS modules via a simple I2C interface allowing for a simple interface of both modules via one single UART. The module comes in a small footprint of 18.9 x 29.5 x 2.84 mm. LEON features a low current consumption (1.6 mA in standby mode), and wide operating temperature (–30°C to +85°C). The module supports GPRS class 10 as well as voice communications (e.g. for emergency services) and comes equipped with embedded TCP/IP stack and AssistNow (A-GPS) client.