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u-blox GNSS antenna module supports all satellites, concurrent operation

Press release [Friday 28 March 2014]

Swiss-based u blox, a global leader in cellular and positioning modules and integrated circuits, introduces the CAM-M8Q GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou/QZSS antenna module. The module integrates a u-blox M8 satellite receiver IC plus SAW filter, LNA, TCXO, RTC, passives and a pre-tuned GNSS chip antenna in a tiny 9.6 x 14.0 x 1.95 mm package. Just add power for instant stand-alone global positioning!

Combining low power consumption with high-sensitivity, high jamming immunity and concurrent GNSS operation (GPS/GLONASS, GPS/BeiDou, or GLONASS/BeiDou) the surface-mount CAM-M8Q is truly a drop-in solution for reliable and accurate satellite positioning anywhere in the world.

"Our CAM-M8Q is perfect for customers designing highly compact products who want to speed up product development while freeing resources for core activities," explains Thomas Nigg, VP Product Marketing at u-blox, "the CAM-M8Q is a pre-tuned, performance and cost optimized module providing satellite positioning on an extremely small footprint. It is literally an 'instant' positioning solution."

CAM-M8Q is ideal for a wide range of applications such as personal locators, handheld navigators, wearable electronics as well as vehicle telematics systems used for emergency call, anti-theft, insurance and road pricing. Consistent omnidirectional antenna performance insures excellent performance regardless of module orientation.

CAM-M8Q also has a feature whereby the internal chip antenna can be used as a backup antenna if the design makes use of an external antenna. This is an important feature for applications where there is a risk that the primary external antenna may malfunction or suffer damage, for example in vehicle tracking systems where damage to the external antenna is possible.

The CAM-M8Q module uses the latest u-blox M8 GNSS receiver chip qualified according to AEC-Q100 and is manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites. Qualification tests are performed as stipulated in the ISO16750 standard: "Road vehicles - Environmental conditions and testing for electrical and electronic equipment".

The CAM-M8Q is form-factor compatible to predecessor modules UC530 and UC530M, allowing the upgrade of existing designs with minimal effort.

Detailed information about the CAM-M8Q and evaluation kit EVK-M8CAM can be found on the u-blox website: http://www.u-blox.com/en/gnss-antenna-modules-global-positioning-made-easy.html. For samples and evaluation information contact the u-blox office nearest you.

u-blox' drop-in CAM-M8Q antenna module tracks all GNSS satellites, including two simultaneously

u-blox' drop-in CAM-M8Q antenna module tracks all GNSS satellites, including two simultaneously


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