u-blox Releases Ultra Small RPMA Module for M2M and IoT Wireless Applications

u-blox has launched the SARA-S200, one of the smallest modules for the Machine Network, based on RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access), a low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology. The Machine Network is a wireless network built by Ingenu, the creators of RPMA technology, exclusively for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Operating in the globally license-free 2.4 GHz ISM band, RPMA is at the heart of secure wireless networks operating in over 20 countries around the world.

UBlox SARA-S200u-blox has successfully ported the proven technology used in its first-generation RPMA modules and made it 65 percent smaller. The SARA-S200 delivers significant cost and size optimizations ideal for applications in the Smart Meter, Smart Building, Gas & Oil, Asset/Personnel Tracking and Agricultural industries.

As the second generation module developed by u-blox in association with Ingenu, SARA-S200 builds on the companies’ strategic partnership, which began in September 2016 and was quickly cemented with the introduction of u-blox’s first module for the Machine Network, the NANO-S100.

Measuring just 16 mm x 26 mm x 2.3 mm in a Land Grid Array (LGA) package, SARA-S200 provides an easy migration between other u-blox form factors and cellular technologies thanks to nested design. Its low-power design (50 µW average power consumption in sleep mode) means it can operate for 10 years or longer from a single battery.

The modules will be manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified facilities with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and a secure design that meets NERC CIP and other industry-mandated critical infrastructure requirements. The SARA-S200 has been designed for industrial applications and offers an extended operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C.

u-blox and Ingenu are showcasing the SARA-S200 during Internet of Things World at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA (May 16-18 2017). The first prototypes will be available in June 2017. Click here to learn more.