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u-blox launches low-cost Wi-Fi / Bluetooth "Internet of Things" module

Rugged ODIN-W160 supports dual-band Wi-Fi & dual-mode Bluetooth for reliable connectivity

THALWIL, Switzerland, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Swiss u-blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning semiconductors and modules, announces the ODIN-W160, a rugged multiradio module for demanding industrial, vehicle, medical, and security applications.

"u-blox' compact ODIN-W160 module is perfect for small sensor applications in rugged environments, where faultless operation 24/7 is a requirement," says Herbert Blaser, VP of short range radio at u-blox. "With this module, u‑blox customers can shorten their product development cycle significantly by integrating a robust, certified communication solution in their IoT applications."

ODIN-W160 supports dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz (U-NII bands 1, 2, 2e, 3), as well as dual-mode Bluetooth v4.0, which includes Bluetooth low energy and Classic Bluetooth (Bluetooth "Smart Ready").

The host-based module is designed for a long life cycle, which makes it ideal for infrastructure, building, and automotive implementations. In addition, it extends battery life operation due to its ultra-low power consumption.

Together with the open-source Linux host driver, the 15 x 22 x 3 mm module minimizes development time to implement short range wireless communications in end-devices. Also, no trimming or tuning is required during manufacturing of customer end-devices, since ODIN-W160 has pre-calibrated radio parameters and MAC address stored in on-board EEPROM.

ODIN-W160 is in a castellated package, improving visual inspection of end-devices, and comes with a u.fl antenna connector for a wide selection of certified antennas.

It provides modular radio type approvals for Europe, USA, and Canada (R&TTE, FCC, IC), EMC certification, and Bluetooth qualification.

If you would like more information about ODIN-W160, visit u-blox at CTIA 2014 / Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas during 9-11 September at Stand 5229, 7611-A. u-blox will also be speaking about solutions for the Internet of Things on Sept. 9, 12:00 – 12:15 at the Sands Expo – MobileCON Show Floor, stage 3.

For samples and evaluation kit, please contact the u-blox sales representative nearest you.

For more product information, visit the ODIN-W160 webpage. For high-resolution photo, click here.

About u-blox

Swiss-based u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a leading provider of wireless and positioning semiconductors and modules for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Our solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to allow OEMs to develop innovative solutions that enable mobility quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.

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