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U-Blox GNSS receiver for asset tracking and telematics

Steve Rogerson
December 7, 2016

Switzerland-based U-Blox has announced a GNSS receiver with integrated antenna housed in a 15.5 by 15.5 by 6.3mm package for embedding in small devices that require location information, such as asset tracking and telematics systems, and generic automotive aftermarket applications.
The Sam-M8Q combines an integrated wide-band antenna along with the module’s saw filter and low-noise amplifier architecture to ensure the receiver delivers robust performance in the presence of high frequency signals from other electronic equipment, such as cellular modems, which can cause interference.
By using the company’s M8 multi-GNSS receiver technology, the module is able to offer simultaneous reception of GPS, Glonass and Galileo satellite signals.
“The Sam-M8Q is intended for customers who don’t have much experience in RF and antenna design,” said Kim Kaisti, U-Blox’s director of product management. “It is aimed at applications that require an embedded antenna and where the surface mount package allows for easier assembly and installation in the end-equipment.”
Samples will be available in mid-January 2017. The modules will be in full production in mid-February 2017.
With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox has offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.