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The u-blox LEXI-R4 has been conceived for size-demanding designs that proved challenging for previous modules, although still providing the same capabilities. The compact size results from a 40% footprint reduction in dimensions compared to the previous u-blox SARA-R4. The gained space can be used to potentially host larger antennas, which can improve RF (Radio Frequency) performance, or to accommodate larger-size batteries.
Another prominent feature of LEXI-R4 is its 2G fallback capability. Whenever LTE-M / NB-IoT coverage conditions are not optimal, it keeps functioning by falling back onto a 2G network. This feature is highly convenient in countries where LTE-M / NB-IoT networks have yet to be fully deployed.
Natively designed to support GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) AT commands, the u-blox LEXI-R4 is also ready for GNSS bundling. Its dedicated port enables easy integration with any u-blox M10-based GNSS module, for instance the u-blox MIA-M10, hence offering better performance and low-power consumption. Moreover, the module can also connect to additional positioning services such as AssistNow™ and CellLocate®.
“The u-blox LEXI-R4 is an ideal solution for size-constrained applications. Since the module supports the u-blox M10 GNSS platform, customers save execution time and resources. This is because the AT commands and a dedicated I2C port can operate the GNSS core, thus eliminating the need to integrate additional code into the MCU. In addition, the LEXI-R4 module offers a single SKU with global LPWA (low-power wide-area) coverage that simplifies logistics,” says Samuele Falcomer, Senior Product Line Manager, Product Center Cellular at u-blox.
The first samples will be available by the end of Q3 2023.