U-blox

u-blox, Zürcherstrasse, Thalwil, Switzerland


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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 it’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 Zürcher 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.

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