New GNSS-Based Receiver Platform For Positioning Applications

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The device consumes low-power and enables positioning even in challenging environments, thus giving high-performance

Defining a new level of positioning performance in an extremely compact format and with very long battery life is the new the u-blox M10, a highly integrated global navigation satellite system (GNSS) platform designed for ultra-low power high-performance positioning applications such as sports watches or asset and livestock trackers.

The new u-blox M10 positioning platform can track up to four GNSS constellations at once to deliver positioning data even in challenging environments including deep urban canyons. The receiver’s Super-S technology helps distinguish positioning signals from background noise to capture positioning data even when satellite signals are weak. A high RF sensitivity also enables it to work well with small antennas, making it ideal for compact product designs. In sports watches, for instance, u-blox M10 guarantees highly dynamic positioning accuracy during a run in cities, woods or under an open sky, while preserving battery life.

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The device can consume 12mW in continuous tracking mode, which is 5x less than the power consumed by previous u-blox meter-level GNSS technology, making it ideal for battery-powered applications. The RF sensitivity cuts downtime it takes for the platform to achieve a first position fix when initialised, further reducing systemic power consumption. And switching to the improved Super-E mode can extend battery life even more.

“With u-blox M10, we are setting a new benchmark in ultra-low power high-performance positioning applications,” says Bernd Heidtmann, Product Manager, Product Center Positioning, u-blox. “We have increased concurrent reception of satellite signals by a GNSS platform from three to four constellations and improved the power consumption level five-fold compared to previous generations while shrinking the chip size by 35 per cent.”

The first products based on the u-blox M10 positioning platform are the MAX- M10S GNSS module and the UBX-M10050 GNSS chipset, which are both available now from u-blox. Design-in of the new u-blox M10 platform is enhanced and simplified with the newly designed u-center GNSS evaluation software. This new GNSS platform will be supported by AssistNow, u-blox’s well established assisted GNSS service, to accelerate positioning and improve accuracy.


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