High-precision GNSS module for precise nav/positioning in UAVs and mobile robotics

28-12-2023 | Mouser Electronics | Test & Measurement

Mouser now stocks the NEO-F9P high-precision GNSS module from u-blox. Based on the company's 184-channel F9 engine receiver platform, the NEO-F9P is a multi-band GNSS positioning module that caters to high-volume industrial applications in a compact form factor 50% smaller than the standard u-blox ZED footprint. This surface-mounted module enables reliable and precise navigation and automation of moving industrial machinery while supplying easy integration, lower design costs, smaller EBOM and faster time-to-market.

The device is a high-precision, low-power consumption GNSS positioning module that provides simultaneous reception of GPS/QZSS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDou across the B1I, B2a, E1B/C, E5a, L1C/A, L1OF and L5 bands. The module is a multi-band device with L1/L5 RTK that takes in standard GPS signals and a correction stream to attain centimetre-level positional accuracy in seconds while providing short convergence times (<10 sec) and reliable, energy-efficient performance. Other device features of the module include a TCXO oscillator, a built-in RTC crystal, active CW detection/removal, an onboard bandpass filter, anti-spoofing algorithms, comm interfaces and flash memory. The module supports active and passive antennas and is ideally paired with the ANN-MB1 multi-band antenna.

The module is offered in a 24-pin, 12mm x 16mm x 3.6mm LCC package. The module has an operating supply voltage of 2.7V to 3.6V and is specified at a temperature range of -40C up to +85C. The module also provides customers with an effective upgrade path from the model. Ideal for space-constrained designs, target industrial applications for the NEO-F9P module include precise navigation and automation in a broad range of smart antennas, UAVs and mobile robotic devices.

For development, the module is supported by the u-blox EVK-F9P-00 evaluation kit. The evaluation kit is a powerful and versatile tool for evaluating the performance of high-precision positioning products. The kit eradicates the necessity for an external power supply by supplying a built-in USB interface power supply that also offers high-speed data transfer. This evaluation kit's compact size and user-friendly interface make it excellent for various applications, including laboratories, vehicles and outdoor locations.

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By Seb Springall