Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

SolidRun and U-Blox collaborate on IoT connectivity

Steve Rogerson
March 19, 2019



Switzerland-based U-Blox and Israeli embedded systems company SolidRun are collaborating on connectivity products for the IoT, including turnkey IoT edge gateways for indoor and outdoor use, single-board computers (SBCs) and systems-on-module (SoMs).
 
Each product incorporates a U-Blox Nina stand-alone single-, dual- or multi-radio module, providing the connectivity required by IoT applications in a small, low power and fully certified format.
 
During last month’s Embedded World in Nuremberg, SolidRun introduced the N6 edge gateway, an enterprise-grade IoT M2M gateway designed to manage a local network of IoT endpoints. The gateway is a fully enclosed fan-less design in configurations suitable for either indoor or outdoor installation, making it simpler to introduce internet connectivity in a distributed network of smart sensors and actuators.
 
The gateways and SBCs feature wifi and Bluetooth personal area networking, Wirepas mesh, cellular connectivity, as well as USB and a 10/100/1000 wired Ethernet interface. They are powered by NXP’s i.MX6 Arm Cortex-A9 processor in either a single-, dual- or quad-core configuration depending on the application’s needs and integrate up to 2Gbyte of DDR3 memory.
 
“Our new N6 edge gateway represents a total turnkey solution to IoT connectivity,” said Atai Ziv, CEO of SolidRun. “We decided to work with U-Blox because the Nina series of short-range radio modules exactly meets the needs of our target market, offering the flexibility and ease of integration needed for the target application areas. The fact that they are provided pre-certified has enabled us to reduce our product development cycle, which has been instrumental in bringing our new products to market on time and on budget.”
 
With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox has offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.
 
SolidRun develops embedded systems and network products based on Arm and x86 architecture using platforms including SoMs, SBCs and industrial mini PCs. It offers a one-stop-shop for developers and OEMs, providing a complete service from hardware customisation to software support and product branding and enclosure design.