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MikroElektronika releases GSM/GNSS click

chip.png GSM/GNSS click from MikroElektronika.
March 3, 2017

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The GSM/GNSS click from MikroElektronika (Zemun, Belgrade) combines GPS/GLONASS location tracking with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) module capability for mobile communication. The applications for this new click board include asset tracking for navigation devices based on GPS and GLONASS, road navigation devices, public transport, and wearable devices.

When connected to a GPS antenna, it can receive GPS coordinates, time, and other information from orbiting satellites. The click can be used for all GSM functions — calls, messages (SMS, MMS), mobile internet. GSM/GNSS click has an onboard MicroSD card socket, micro SIM card socket, a Bluetooth antenna (the MC60 module supports Bluetooth 3.0) and additional pins for connecting speakers and a microphone.

Quectel’s MC60 Quad-Band Module
MC60 is a quad-band full-featured GSM/GPRS module using the LCC castellation package. Designed with an extensive set of internet protocols (TCP, UDP, PPP, FTP, HTTP and SSL*), it has integrated GNSS technology for satellite navigation.

The module can balance between positioning accuracy and power consumption according to the environmental and motion conditions. The typical power consumption is around 2.8 milliamps.

Positioning — EASY™ technology

With EASY™ (Embedded Assist System for quick positioning) technology, MC60’s GNSS engine can automatically calculate and predict orbits using the ephemeris data (up to 3 days) when the power is on, and then save that information into the memory, according to the company.

The GNSS engine can use this information for later positioning, if there is not enough information from the satellites.
Key features for the GSM/GNSS Click include: multi navigation constellation: GPS/GLONASS/QZSS; GNSS receiver channels: 99 acquisition/33 tracking channels; GSM quad-band: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; Support Bluetooth V3.0: SPP & HFP-AG profiles; GSM SMA antenna connector; GNSS SMA antenna connector; Bluetooth antenna; Interface: UART; 3.3V or 5V power supply.

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