u-blox Brings Centimeter-Level Precision GNSS Technology to the Mass Market

u-blox continues to roll out variations on its new generation of GNSS technology, launching the NEO-M8P receiver modules targeted at such applications as unmanned vehicles and robotic guidance systems


u-blox continues to roll out variations on its new generation of GNSS technology, launching the NEO-M8P receiver modules targeted at such applications as unmanned vehicles and robotic guidance systems

Measuring 12.2x16x2.4 millimeters, NEO-M8P supports real-time kinematic RTK techniques based on GPS and GLONASS that provide centimeter-level accuracy, according to the company. The rover with the u-blox NEO‑M8P‑0 receives corrections from the u-blox base receiver NEO-M8P-2 via a communication link that uses the RTCM (Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services) protocol.

RTK algorithms are pre-integrated into the module. As a result, the size, and power consumption are significantly reduced, u-blox says, thus cutting costs and improving usability dramatically while enabling customers to further reduce their R&D efforts by avoiding the need to develop an in-house RTK solution on a separate microprocessor system.

Emerging high volume markets, such as unmanned vehicles, require high precision performance that is energy-efficient and low in costs. Other application areas include agriculture and robotic guidance systems, such as tractors or robotic lawnmowers. The u-blox NEO-M8P addresses these demands for a small-sized, highly cost-effective, and very precise RTK-based module solution.

“NEO-M8P lowers the barriers for innovative companies looking to develop equipment that needs centimeter-level accuracy in many markets and applications, such as UAVs,” said Daniel Ammann, Executive Director Positioning and Co-Founder of u-blox.

u-blox NEO-M8P is available for sampling now and will be shipping in volumes in Q3 2016. For more information visit the u-blox website.

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