Independent design-based distributor of electronic components, Alpha Micro ( has added to its product portfolio SARA, a new line of versatile, low-power GSM/GPRS modules from u-blox. Ideal for cost-sensitive M2M and automotive applications. SARA modules are suitable for Automatic Meter Reading (AMR), Remote Monitoring Automation and Control (RMAC), surveillance and security, road pricing, asset tracking, fleet management, anti-theft systems and Point of Sales (PoS) terminals.

“The new range of SARA GSM modules are designed to give customers exactly the features they need”, said Maxine Hewitt, Marketing Director, Alpha Micro Components. “The modules are fully compatible and interchangeable, giving the developer low to high-end features. This allows our M2M customers the precise cost/performance tradeoffs they require to develop the most cost-effective designs.”

Packaged in a compact 16 x 26 mm LGA module, SARA modules provide a perfect solution to a wide range of M2M applications requiring dual or quad-band GSM/GPRS, voice and/or data, optional Internet suite (embedded TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP and FTP),  and in-band modem support for call and ERA GLONASS emergency call applications. Extremely low power consumption makes SARA perfect for portable applications.

The SARA Land Grid Array (LGA) form factor enables compact designs and easy integration, and supports simple migration to u-blox’ LISA UMTS and CDMA modules via PCB layout compatibility. Support for A-GPS and u-blox’ unique CellLocateTM positioning technology is embedded to facilitate advanced telematics applications including indoor positioning.

RIL software for Android and Embedded Windows is available free of charge.

SARA modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites. Each module is intensively inspected and tested during production. The modules are fully qualified according to ISO 16750 environmental conditions and electrical testing for electrical and electronic equipment for road vehicles to provide high durability and reliability.

The first of the series, the SARA-G350, will sample in Q4 2012, with production in Q1 2013.

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