u-blox UBX-R5 Becomes First IoT Chipset Certified by Global Certification Forum

March 2, 2020 Perry Cohen

u-blox  announced its UBX-R5, the company’s proprietary multi-band LTE-M/NB-IoT chipset, has been certified by the Global Certification Forum (GCF). It is the first IoT chipset to be certified under GCF’s IoT chipset program, according to the company.

Per the GCF, the program, which launched in Jan. 2020, is designed to certify IoT chipsets covering NB-IoT and LTE-M to allow the IoT ecosystem to easily integrate and embed certified chipsets into modules and devices.

The u-blox UBX-R5 is a 5G-ready cellular chipset for low power wide area (LPWA) mission‑critical or long lifecycle IoT applications. LTE‑M and NB‑IoT are forward‑compatible with 5G networks, and, by implementing key LTE‑M and NB‑IoT features from 3GPP Release 14, UBX-R5 offers customers a smooth transition towards 5G via software upgrades to already deployed devices. 

UBX-R5 also offers built-in end‑to‑end security due to a hardware‑based root of trust (RoT) integrated in a discrete secure element compliant with EAL5+ High common criteria certification, which makes it ideally suited to protect sensitive assets and communications.

For more information, visit https://www.globalcertificationforum.org/

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