Thalwil, Switzerland – September 11, 2017 – u blox, today announced the latest member of its ZOE M8 series of ultra-small GNSS SiPs. The ZOE M8B is industry’s most power efficient GNSS System in Package (SiP) available for small battery powered consumer devices. It combines superior performance with ultra-low power to deliver an optimized solution for portable and wearable devices targeting the fitness, health monitoring, and personal tracker markets.
“The ZOE M8B SiP offers the best trade-off between power consumption and location accuracy,” said Uffe Pless, Product Manager Positioning at u-blox. “This will enable manufacturers to develop entirely new battery powered devices that integrate GNSS functionality, without comprising performance or the user experience.”
This combination of ultra-low-power operation and high performance is thanks to u-blox’s proprietary Super E mode of operation, which automatically adjusts the power consumed by the system components based on the external conditions.
The footprint of a design with a chip and individual external components is about 50% larger than the PCB footprint of the ZOE-M8B. Measuring just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0 mm, the ZOE M8B integrates a GNSS receiver, TCXO, SAW and LNA in a single package, making it easy to add accurate location and positioning functionality to almost any device.
The ZOE-M8B is the latest addition to the ZOE-M8 GNSS module family, which consists of the ZOE-M8G for 1.8 volt powered devices and the ZOE-M8Q for 3.0 volt devices, both focusing on maximum accuracy.