U-blox is a Swiss company that creates wireless semiconductors and modules for consumer, automotive and industrial markets. They operate as a fabless IC and design house. Their wireless solutions connect machines, vehicles and people to locate their exact positions and communicate via short range (WI-FI, Bluetooth) or cellular networks. Using their portfolio of chips, modules or software solutions itâ€™s possible to create subsystems and products to fulfill needs for the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M or Car2Car (or Vehicle to Vehicle) solutions quick and cost-effectively.
They acquired a dozen companies after their IPO in 2007, the last two acquisitions were connectblue in 2014 and Lesswire in 2015
u-blox was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Thalwil, Switzerland. The company is listed at the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX:UBXN) and has offices in the USA, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, India, Pakistan, Australia, Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy and Greece.
In April 2015 u-blox successfully issued a 60 Million CHF Bond. The bonds bear a 1.625% coupon and have a duration of 6 years. The bonds were placed with institutional and private investors in Switzerland under the lead management of Credit Suisse AG and with ZÃ¼rcher Kantonalbank acting as a co-manager.
u-blox develops and sells chips and modules that support global satellite navigation systems (GNSS), including receivers for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou and QZSS. The wireless range consists of GSM-, UMTS- and CDMA2000 and LTE modules, as well as Bluetooth- and WiFi-modules. All these products enable the delivery of complete systems for location-based services and M2M applications (machine-to-machine communication) in the Internet of Things, that rely on the convergence of 2G/3G/4G, Bluetooth-, Wi-Fi technology and satellite navigation.
u-blox provides starter kits which allow quick prototyping of variety of applications for the Internet of Things.