u-blox unveils low-power multi-GNSS module with built-in antenna

u-blox has announced the u-blox SAM-M10Q antenna module, a low-power positioning solution.

Featuring an integrated antenna, the module offers developers a simple pathway to integrate u-blox M10 GNSS technology into their devices. Typical applications include industrial tracking and telematics, automation and monitoring, and small UAVs.

At the heart of the SAM-M10Q is the ultra-low-power u-blox M10 GNSS positioning engine, offering maximum position availability with concurrent reception of all four GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou). Users will benefit from higher positioning accuracy and a faster position fix, even in weak signal environments such as urban canyons.

The module’s integrated wide-band antenna along with its SAW filter and low-noise amplifier (LNA) architecture deliver proven superior out-of-band jamming immunity, providing robust performance when located near a cellular modem – a common issue in asset tracking and telematics devices.

As a ready-to-use GNSS solution requiring no external components or radio frequency (RF) expertise, the SAM-M10Q enables easy design-in and quick time to market, helping customers who need a ready-to-use GNSS solution and depend on external RF expertise and resources to develop a robust antenna solution. Pin-to-pin compatibility with the u-blox’s previous antenna module, the SAM-M8Q, makes it easy for existing customers to upgrade their products to benefit from the advanced u-blox M10 GNSS technology.

Designed as a surface-mount device, SAM-M10Q allows for efficient product assembly by enabling automated manufacturing processes. The antenna module’s compact size (15.5 x 15.5 x 6.3 mm) and simple interface, ensure easy integration into small end devices.

Engineering samples of the SAM-M10Q antenna module will be available in August 2022.