Ultra-compact GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS module achieves lowest system costs.
Swiss-based u‑blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and integrated circuits, introduces the EVA‑M8M stand-alone positioning module. Bringing concurrent multi-GNSS performance into the ultra-compact EVA footprint, EVA-M8M is the world’s smallest commercially available GNSS module.
Designed for cost and space sensitive applications, the highly integrated 7 x 7 x 1.1 mm LGA module comprises all necessary components, including crystal and passives. EVA-M8M requires only an external antenna to provide an accurate position without the need for host integration. Components have been selected for reliable operation in the field over the full operating temperature range. The module is also compatible with the popular EVA-7M GPS module. This allows easy upgrading of existing designs at minimal cost.
The module supports US GPS, Russian GLONASS, Chinese BeiDou, Japanese QZSS, plus SBAS augmentation systems. Based on proven u‑blox M8 performance, the module achieves -164 dBm tracking sensitivity, fast acquisition time and low power consumption. EVA-M8M can track any two GNSS systems simultaneously and output a GNSS position up to 18 Hz.
Thomas Nigg, VP Product Strategy at u-blox, said:
“The EVA-M8M sets a new industry benchmark for compact, stand-alone global positioning performance. The module has been designed for the absolute lowest eBOM costs and ease-of-manufacturing. It is a perfect solution for cost-sensitive industrial and wearable devices.”
A UART, USB, SPI and I2C interface provide flexible connections to a host processor. EVA-M8M can also communicate directly with u‑blox’ SARA 2G, LISA 3G and TOBY 4G cellular modules to support advanced tracking and location-aware products.
For existing designs using a NEO module, the C88-M8M adaptor board can be used for easy evaluation of the EVA-M8M in existing NEO-xM designs.