Cinterion Introduces Ultra-Compact M2M Module

BARCELONA, Spain /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Cinterion, a Gemalto company and a global leader in cellular M2M communication modules, introduced BGS2, the "world's smallest Land Grid Array (LGA) module for machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions requiring voice and high-speed GPRS data." Designed for high-volume production, this ultra-compact module is ideal for small M2M devices, such as personal tracking units and portable medical devices, which help safeguard health and wellness.

Cinterion had already pioneered and introduced the highly efficient and reliable LGA surface-mounting technology, bringing the fully automated production of the state-of-the-art technology to meet even the most demanding M2M applications. Now BGS2 represents the latest technology trends being developed to simplify the direct link of near-field communication devices, sensors, or GPS receivers and the microcontroller of the host application, helping to lower the total cost of ownership for implementers. Like all Cinterion modules, BGS2 meets the most stringent industry standards and comes with full-type approval (FTA), as well as pre-certification by the world's largest carriers, to support global functionality and a swift time to market.

"BGS2 is the slimmest surface-mount M2M module in the world," said Norbert Muhrer, Cinterion Executive Vice President at Gemalto. "We've been able to pack the same unparalleled reliability from decades of M2M expertise into this highly compact form factor. Based on extensive market and customer feedback, we've streamlined the most compelling features and provided options for dual- or quad-band to help make it one of the most flexible and economical modules on the market."

Additional Information
BGS2 is available in two versions: quad-band, with GPRS class 10 (BGS2-W), and dual-band, with GPRS class 8 (BGS2-E). Samples and evaluation kits are available immediately, with mass production beginning in April 2011.

About Cinterion
Cinterion, a Gemalto company, is a global leader of cellular M2M communication modules. Combining unparalleled M2M engineering expertise and localized worldwide customer support, with a strong portfolio of cutting-edge GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, and HSPA products, Cinterion provides complete M2M solutions, encompassing wireless modules and machine identity module (MIMs) through to server platforms and managed services. Cinterion is a reliable partner, valued by diverse vertical market customers for its award-winning M2M technology, which enables machines, equipment, and vehicles to communicate over wireless networks, helping enterprises dramatically cut costs and increase efficiency. Cinterion products are carrier- approved, have FTA, and are deployed in such industries as healthcare, automotive and eToll, metering, remote maintenance and control, payment systems, routers and gateways, security systems, tracking and tracing, environmental monitoring, and more. Cinterion is part of the Gemalto Group, a world leader in digital security, with 2009 annual revenues of €1.65 billion, and over 10,000 employees in 42 countries operating out of 77 offices, with 11 research and development centers.

About Gemalto
Gemalto is the world leader in digital security with 2009 annual revenues of €1.65 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, with research and service centers in 41 countries. Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work—anytime, anywhere—has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable, and secure. Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government, and national security. It does this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks, and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules, universal integrated circuit cards in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. Moreover Gemalto delivers on emerging applications related to the Internet of Things by supplying wireless modules and MIMs for M2M communication. To complete these solutions it also provides software, systems, and services to help its customers achieve their goals. As the use of Gemalto's software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

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