u‑blox introduces SARA-S200 for the Machine Network
Believed to be one of the smallest modules for the Machine Network (based on the low power, wide area (LPWA) technology, RPMA (random phase multiple access) the SARA‑S200 offers significant size and cost savings for secure and robust machine to machine (M2M) and internet of things (IoT) wireless applications, says u-blox.
The Machine Network is a wireless network built by Ingenu, the creators of RPMA technology, M2M and IoT applications. RPMA operates in the globally license‑free 2.4GHz industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) band.
u-blox says it has successfully ported the technology used in its first‑generation RPMA modules and made it 65 per cent smaller. SARA‑S200 can therefore deliver cost and size benefits in applications such as smart meters, smart buildings, gas and oil, asset or personnel tracking and agriculture.
The second generation module, SARA-S200, has been developed by u‑blox in association with Ingenu. SARA‑S200 measures 16 x 26 x 2.3mm in a land grid array (LGA) package. It provides an easy migration between other u-blox form factors and cellular technologies, says the company, thanks to nested design. Its low‑power design (50-microW 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 to +85 degree C.
The first prototypes will be available in June 2017.
Andreas Thiel, executive vice president and co-founder of u‑blox, commented: “Ingenu’s patented RPMA technology offers significant advantages to a great variety of IoT applications, such as excellent in-building range and AES 128bit security encryption. With autonomous adaptation, the Machine Network delivers interference‑free operation and the best performance and reliability in real‑world applications”.
u-blox and Ingenu will showcase the SARA‑S200 during Internet of Things World at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California, USA, this week (18 to 18 May – booth 1704).