SARA-N2 - Power-optimised NB-IoT (LTE Cat NB1) modules

The u-blox SARA-N2 is an NB-IoT modem in a compact LGA package, offering low standby and operational power consumption, with extended coverage.

The SARA-N2 series NB-IoT modules feature extremely low power consumption in both idle and connected modes of cellular operation. They are available in a small LGA form factor and have been designed explicitly with the needs of battery powered applications that need to communicate for long periods of time in challenging radio propagation conditions.

The modules support a comprehensive set of communication protocols with minimal signaling overhead to preserve power consumption. The feature set makes these modules ideally suited for applications where longevity of operation and reachability in poor propagation conditions are mission critical. Smart water metering, smart gas metering, smart sensors for remote monitoring and nomadic asset tracking are perfect examples of applications where these modules could be used.

The SARA-N2 series modules target high volume, cost sensitive applications, and provide "bit pipe" communication functionalities while minimizing the customer's total cost of ownership. The modules offer easy migration from u-blox GSM (SARA-G3 series), UMTS (SARA-U2 series), as well as LTE Cat 1 (LARA-R2 series) modules. The temperature range of -40 to +85 ° C guarantees operation in harsh environments and in very compact designs. The modules are for global use and will be certified and approved by the main regulatory bodies.

Key features:

  • Ultra low power consumption delivering 10+ years battery life
  • Excellent extended range in buildings, underground (MCL 164 dB)
  • Extended temperature range of -40 to +85º C and ISO/TS16949 manufacturing
  • Easy migration between u‑blox 2G, 3G, and 4G modules
  • Very small SARA LGA form factor for easy manufacturing

For sales and technical development support from our in-house engineering team, please contact the Alpha Micro team.

Parameters Specifications
Features
NB-IoT

Cat. NB1, single-tone uplink

(up to 27.2 Kbps DL, 62.5 Kbps UL))

3GPP Release 13

FDD Bands:

SARA-N200: Band 8

SARA-N201: Band 5

SARA-N210: Band 20

SARA-N211: Bands 8,20

SARA-N280: Band 28

Data transfer

Non-IP based Small Data over NAS (SDoNAS)

IP based SDoNAS

Network

Paging

Idle and Connected DRX

Deep sleep mode

Power saving mode

Electrical data
Power supply 3.60V nominal, range 2.5V to 4.2V
Power consumption

Deep sleep mode: <3µA

Active mode: <6mA

Rx mode: <46mA

Tx mode: <220mA

Software features
Protocols

IPv4 and IPv6¹

Embedded UDP/IP

Embedded SIM provisioning¹

GNSS Interfaces¹ Direct access to u-blox GNSS via module
Firmware upgrade

Via UART and Over-the-Air

Interfaces

Serial

1 UART

1 DDC (I²)¹

GPIO

Up to 2 GPIO's, configurable¹

(U)SIM

Supports 1.8V

Package

96 pin LGA: 16.0 x 26.0 x 2.4 mm, < 3 g

Environmental data, quality & reliability

Operating temperature -40°C to +85°C
RoHS compliant (lead free)
Qualification according to ISO 16750
Manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified production sites
Certifications and approvals
SARA-N200 CE / RED, CCC, NCC, SRRC
SARA-N201 CCC, SRRC
SARA-N210

CE / RED

SARA-N211 CE / RED, NCC, ATEX, GCF
SARA-N280 NCC, Anatel, RCM

¹ Available in future FW version

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Part No. Description Pack size
SARA-N200 NB-IoT module for Europe / APAC; Cat NB1; Band 8 Reel of 250
SARA-N201 NB-IoT module for APAC; Cat NB1; Band 5
Reel of 250
SARA-N210 NB-IoT module for Europe; Cat NB1; Band 20
Reel of 250
SARA-N211 NB-IoT module for Europe; Cat NB1; Band 8, 20
Reel of 250
SARA-N280 NB-IoT module for S. America / APAC; Cat NB1; Band 28
Reel of 250
Evaluation Kits
EVK-N200 Evaluation kit for SARA-N200 Each
EVK-N201 Evaluation kit for SARA-N201 Each
EVK-N210 Evaluation kit for SARA-N210 Each
EVK-N211 Evaluation kit for SARA-N211 Each
EVK-N280 Evaluation kit for SARA-N280 Each

The EVK‑N2 is the evaluation kit for u‑blox SARA‑N2 series cellular modules, supporting LTE Cat NB1 (NB‑IoT) radio access technology. The kits are user‑friendly and have both USB and RS232 interfaces for development, testing and tracing. Using the EVK‑N2, the designer can fully verify and test the major benefits of the NB‑IoT technology, including the improved device sensitivity and low power consumption in deep sleep mode, aiming to guarantee 10+ years of battery lifetime.

The kits are to be used with a Windows PC via USB interface, and require an activated SIM card (not included). USB drivers can be downloaded from u‑blox website.

The kits come with a built‑in u‑blox GNSS receiver module, giving designers the flexibility also to test u‑blox GNSS technology.

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Features:

  • u‑blox LTE Cat NB1 (NB‑IoT) cellular technology
  • Simple access to all pins and features of the cellular module
  • Easy testing of module power consumption
  • Extensive visualization and evaluation of the features
  • Convert technology easily with optional adapter boards

Kit includes:

  • Evaluation board with SARA‑N2 LTE Cat NB1 module and u‑blox GNSS module
  • USB cable
  • Cellular (LTE Cat NB1) antenna
  • GNSS antenna
  • Power adapter
  • Quick start card

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Last updated: 15 November 2017