Best-in-class and low-power multi-GNSS module includes built-in antenna

12-07-2022 | U-Blox | Semiconductors

U-blox has released its SAM-M10Q antenna module, providing a best-in-class low-power positioning solution. Providing an integrated antenna, the module supplies product developers with an easy pathway to incorporate its M10 GNSS technology into their devices. Typical applications comprise industrial tracking and telematics, automation and monitoring, and small UAVs.

At the heart of the module is the ultra-low-power M10 GNSS positioning engine, providing maximum position availability with concurrent reception of all four GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou). Consequently, users gain from higher positioning accuracy and a faster position fix, even in weak signal environments such as urban canyons.

The module’s integrated wide-band antenna together with its SAW filter and LNA architecture provide proven superior out-of-band jamming immunity, delivering robust performance when located near a cellular modem – a typical issue in asset tracking and telematics devices.

As a ready-to-use GNSS solution needing no external components or RF expertise, the device offers easy design-in and quick time to market, assisting customers who need a ready-to-use GNSS solution and rely on external RF expertise and resources to devise a robust antenna solution. Pin-to-pin compatibility with the its previous antenna module, the SAM-M8Q, makes it simple for existing customers to upgrade their products to gain from the advanced M10 GNSS technology.

Developed as a surface-mount device, the device enables efficient product assembly by providing automated manufacturing processes. The antenna module’s compact size (15.5mm x 15.5mm x 6.3mm) and simple interface, provide easy integration into small end devices.

“With its built-in antenna, low power technology, and concurrent reception of all 4 GNSS constellations, the SAM M10Q antenna module expands the existing u-blox M10 GNSS product portfolio, offering an excellent turnkey GNSS solution without need for expertise in RF and antenna design,” says JunJun Lu, senior product manager, Product Center Positioning, at u-blox.

By Natasha Shek