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The u-blox SAM-M10Q Antenna Simplifies GNSS Integration

u-blox recently released the SAM-M10Q Antenna module to allow product developers to easily integrate u-blox M10 GNSS technology into their devices. Typical applications leveraging the technology include industrial tracking and telematics, automation and monitoring, and small drones.

The ultra-low-power u-blox M10 GNSS positioning engine is the core of the SAM-M10Q, offering maximum position availability with concurrent reception of all four GNSS constellations: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou, according to a news release. This results in higher positioning accuracy and a faster position fix, even in weak signal environments such as urban canyons.

The low-power, multi-GNSS module features an integrated wide-band antenna, a SAW filter and low-noise amplifier (LNA) architecture for “out-of-band jamming immunity.” This provides robust performance when located near a cellular modem to overcome a common issue in asset tracking and telematics devices.

The ready-to-use GNSS solution requires no external components or radio frequency (RF) expertise, enabling easy design-in and quick time to market. Pin-to-pin compatibility with the company’s previous antenna module, the SAM-M8Q, makes it easy for existing customers to upgrade.

The solution is designed as a surface-mount device, enabling automated manufacturing processes for efficient product assembly. The antenna module is compact (15.5 x 15.5 x 6.3 mm) and has a simple interface for easy integration in small end devices.

Engineering samples of the multi-GNSS antenna module will be available in August.