Global Certification Forum Gives U-Blox Chipset First IoT Chipset Certification

  • The u-blox UBX-R5 Cat-M1 chipset is the first product to achieve certification under the scheme
  • GCF will launch more such initiatives in 2020

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has announced that u-blox is the first company to certify a product under its new IoT chipset certification scheme. The u-blox UBX-R5 Cat-M1 chipset is the first product to achieve certification under the new scheme. This scheme was started in January this year. This program is designed for chipsets covering NB-IoT and LTE-M and facilitates the easy integration of embedded chipsets into modules and devices.

Andreas Thiel, head of product centers, co-founder at u‑blox said, “We are delighted that GCF has recognized the quality of our UBX-R5 LTE-M/NB-IoT chipset. This certification, a first under GCF’s IoT chipset certification initiative, demonstrates that we are setting a new benchmark for IoT connectivity while paving the way for robust secure communication from the chip all the way to the cloud.”

Build confidence and growth in the IoT market

The GCF IoT chipset certification was added to the existing IoT platforms and IoT modules program in January to enable certification of chipsets based on GCF approved test platforms under defined quality requirements. This included GCF approval of the chipset manufacturer’s design test facilities. GCF said that this is first in a number of initiatives that will be launched by GCF in 2020 to build confidence and growth in the IoT market.

Shorten time-to-market and reduce costs

As the IoT industry is rapidly increasing, the introduction of a program that demonstrates industry-recognized compliance with 3GPP standards is important to ensure the sustained successful deployment of the IoT industry. It is particularly important for mission-critical or long life-cycle IoT applications that the UBX-R5 Cat-M1 is intended for. It also helps to shorten time-to-market and reduce costs.