|Industry||Semiconductor components for embedded 2G/3G/CDMA/LTE cellular communications and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receivers|
|Key people||Thomas Seiler (CEO)
Daniel Amman (Executive Vice President, Positioning Product Development, Co-founder)
Andreas Thiel (Executive Vice President, Wireless Product Development, Co-founder)
Jean-Pierre Wyss (Executive Vice President, Head of Production and Logistics, Co-founder)
Roland Jud (CFO)
Fritz Fahrni (Chairman of the Board)
|Products||GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA, CDMA and LTE modems and GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, Galileo, BeiDou receiver components (chips and modules), software, reference designs and services|
|Revenue||173.1 Million CHF (2012)|
|Employees||Approx. 400 (March 2013)|
u-blox is a fabless semiconductor provider of wireless communication and embedded satellite positioning components and software for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. u-blox develops chips and modules based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou and QZSS receivers as well as GSM, UMTS, CDMA2000 and LTE modem modules for wireless communications. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has offices in the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, India, Ireland, Pakistan, Italy, Belgium, Finland, UK and Australia.
The company's eighth generation positioning engine, u-blox 8, can track GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou, WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS signals. Concurrent tracking of GPS/GLONASS, GPS/BeiDou and GLONASS/BeiDou is also supported.
u-blox’ dual-track strategy focuses on semiconductor chips and modules, software and services for embedded cellular communications and global positioning applications. This enables the company to deliver key components for a wide range of mobile resource management and navigation systems, industrial Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications and consumer products such as tablets, cameras and smart phones that capitalize on the convergence of 2G, 3G and 4G wireless technologies with satellite positioning.
u-blox was founded in 1997 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). The company's first commercial success was as provider of GPS receiver modules for Switzerland's heavy vehicle road-pricing system (LSVA). In 2000 the company delivered GPS modules for the first GPS-enabled mobile phone. In 2001 the company expanded internationally with direct presence in Asia and the USA. In 2002 Thomas Seiler was appointed as CEO, a position he still holds today. By 2004 the company had delivered its one-millionth GPS receiver. u-blox went public on the Swiss stock exchange (SIX) in 2007. By 2008 the company had delivered its ten-millionth GPS receiver.
In 2009, u-blox expanded into the embedded cellular business with the acquisition of Italy-based NeonSeven, resulting in the company's first cellular module product. A series of subsequent acquisitions followed in rapid succession including UK-based Geotate (GPS software), US-based Fusion Wireless (CDMA module technology), UK-based Cognovo (LTE chip technology), Pakistan-based 4M Wireless (LTE stack specialist) and Finland-based Fastrax (GNSS antenna modules).
By 2013, u-blox had established a global footprint in 15 countries with 8 R&D centers and over 400 employees.
- Software Defined Modem:
u-blox possesses in-house SDM design technology allowing the quick translation of complex radio modem designs into fully characterized low-power semiconductor chips.
- Assisted GPS:
u-blox’ globally available online assisted GPS (A-GPS) service enables u-blox’ GPS receivers to compute a position within seconds, even under very poor signal conditions.
- Dead Reckoning:
When GPS signals are blocked (e.g. in tunnels or indoor car parks) u-blox’ Automotive Dead Reckoning (ADR) technology allows uninterrupted vehicle navigation based on heading and distance data provided by external sensors.
- Anti Jamming:
Through advanced jamming suppression mechanisms and innovative RF architecture, u-blox GPS receivers may be embedded in close proximity to RF noise sources: in mobile computers, mobile phones, PNDs, and automotive dashboards.
Embedded in u-blox' wireless modules, CellLocate increases reliability and supports indoor positioning based on hybrid GPS and mobile network attributes.
- Precision timing:
u-blox’ GPS clock synchronization technology allows globally distributed computer and telecom systems to synchronize their clocks accurately, continuously and cost-effectively.
u-blox GPS and wireless components are used by over 3500 OEM manufacturers worldwide for embedded GPS/GNSS and/or cellular applications such as fleet management, remote automation and control, wireless data transmission, people and asset tracking, navigation, emergency services (eCall, ERA-GLONASS), recreational devices, cameras, portable computers and mobile phones.