Richardson RFPD announced last week that it has signed a global franchise distribution agreement with u-blox.

u-blox is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. It is headquartered in Thalwil, Switzerland, with offices in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

Richardson RFPD will promote the entire u-blox suite of security, positioning and IoT communication services, based on a broad selection of short-range wireless (Wi Fi, Bluetooth® and V2X communications), market-leading positioning (GPS/GNSS) chips and modules, and industrial grade cellular chips and modules (2G, 3G, LTE).

“u-blox is a leader in wireless communication and positioning technologies for IoT,” said Rafael R. Salmi, Ph.D., Richardson RFPD’s president. “We are excited to promote these exceptional products and services into smart city, automotive, industrial IoT, healthcare and other key markets.”

“Richardson RFPD is committed to the IoT market, transitioning quickly from a specialized component distributor with deep technical expertise to a global provider of IoT solutions and services. Our recent acquisition of Thingstream which will enable seamless connectivity services for our customers on top of our chips and modules will make Richardson RFPD an outstanding member of the team for us,” said Markus Schaefer, head of global sales and marketing, of u-blox. “Together, we can do even more to enable quick and innovative solutions for IoT customers.”