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u-blox Releases Integrated Antenna GNSS Receiver

ublox.sam-m8q.jpgu-blox SAM-M8Q GNSS receiver. (Click image to enlarge.)
December 1, 2016

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Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has released its SAM-M8Q GNSS receiver with integrated antenna. The compact SAM-M8Q module speeds time to market for GNSS system developers who have limited experience in radio frequency (RF) and antenna design, the company said.

SAM-M8Q, housed in a 15.5 by 15.5 x 6.3 millimeter package, can be embedded in small devices that require location information, the company said. These include asset tracking, telematics systems, and generic automotive after-market applications.

The module combines an integrated wide-band antenna with a SAW filter and low-noise amplifier (LNA) architecture, the company said. With these capabilities, the SAM-M8Q receiver delivers robust performance in the presence of high frequency signals from other electronic equipment, such as cellular modems, which can cause interference, u-blox said.

By using the latest u-blox M8 multi-GNSS receiver technology, the module is able to offer simultaneous reception of GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite signals, the company said.

"The SAM-M8Q is intended for customers who don't have much experience in RF and antenna design," said Kim Kaisti, u-blox director, product management, product center positioning. "It is aimed at applications that require an embedded antenna and where the surface mount package allows for easier assembly and installation in the end-equipment."

The company said samples of the SAM-M8Q will be available in mid-January 2017. The modules are expected to be in full production by mid-February 2017.

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