u-blox announces expansion of its LTE software design center in Lahore

Lahore, October 31, 2013 (PPI-OT): Swiss-based u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a leading provider of wireless and GPS/GNSS semiconductor components, announces the expansion of its LTE software design center in Lahore, Pakistan. It is the company’s R and D center focusing on protocol stack development for embedded 4G cellular communications.

A protocol stack is critical software, often embedded in a chip that enables communications with other devices sharing the same protocol. u-blox’ in-house LTE protocol stack gives the company flexibility and freedom to develop and expand its LTE technology to better target the company’s core market sectors.

The center complements u-blox’ 4G LTE baseband chip design activities located in Thalwil, Switzerland, Melbourn, UK and Leuven, Belgium.

“Our LTE software team in Lahore is a key part of our overall embedded 4G strategy” said Andreas Thiel, head of the Wireless products development at u‑blox, “expanding the center bolsters our goal of end-to-end ownership of key intellectual property for LTE, a technology that has now become the fastest growing standard in the history of telecommunications.”

The new center, already staffed and operational, will celebrate its opening on October 30, 2013. u‑blox’ increased investment will expand the headcount at the facility to over 100 people. The office is situated in a leading information and communications technology park with state-of-the-art business facilities and infrastructure. Lahore is the country’s largest city for software development with several top engineering universities nearby. With the opening of the new facility, u-blox plans to double its LTE R and D capacity in the location.

u-blox now has R and D centers focusing on all aspects of 4G LTE communications for embedded and machine-to-machine applications. The program will result in off-the-shelf LTE chips and modules serving the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. The company has direct presence in 15 countries, including 9 R and D centers specializing in integrated circuits and modules used for embedded cellular communications and satellite positioning.

For more information, contact:
Global Headquarters
Zürcherstrasse 68
8800 Thalwil Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 722 74 44
Fax: +41 44 722 74 47
Email: info@u-blox.com

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