u-blox Releases the ALEX-R5 Miniature Cellular Module

By Perry Cohen

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

February 02, 2021


u-blox Releases the ALEX-R5 Miniature Cellular Module
(Image Courtesy of u-blow)

u-blox announced the release of the ALEX-R5, a miniature cellular module that integrated low-power wide-are (LPWA) connectivity and GNSS technology into an ultra-small SiP form factor.

The module is based on the UBX-R5 LTE-M / NB-IoT chipset platform with out-of-the-box Secure Cloud functionality and the u-blox M8 GNSS chip for world-class location accuracy.

It features 23 dBm of cellular transmission power that guarantees the end devices operate effectively. The ALEX-R5 also hosts a GNSS antenna interface to enable simultaneous operation of the u-blox M8 GNSS chip, matching the performance of a stand-alone u-blox M8 module.

Further, the module is optimized for power-sensitive and battery-dependent applications. This is achieved by leveraging the lower power modes of the UBX-R5 and UBX-M8 chipsets.

Users will also find secure cloud functionality supporting IoT-Security-as-a-Service based on an internal, hardware-based secure element enables a lightweight pre-shared key management system specifically designed for LPWA devices.

According to a company press release, ALEX-R5 future-proofs IoT devices and solutions by enabling customers to software upgrade deployed devices for compatibility with 5G networks, offering a seamless transition to the next generation of cellular technology as 5G networks are rolled out by mobile operators.

For more information, visit www.u-blox.com.

Perry Cohen, associate editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content editing and creation, podcast production, and social media efforts. Perry has been published on both local and national news platforms including KTAR.com (Phoenix), ArizonaSports.com (Phoenix), AZFamily.com, Cronkite News, and MLB/MiLB among others. Perry received a BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State university.

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