World’s smallest GNSS module is 4.5mm square
u-blox in Switzerland has launched a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) module that it says is the world’s smallest.
The MIA-M10 module measures 4.5 x 4.5mm and is aimed at battery backed asset tracking devices, requiring no additional external components.
The power consumption of the module is 25mW without compromising GNSS performance and has a power-save modes can double the battery life by balancing position accuracy and power consumption.
The MIA-M10 concurrently receives four GNSS constellations (GPS, Galileo, BeiDou, and GLONASS) for maximum satellite signal availability and the RF sensitivity is tuned to support small antennas as well as for devices operating in weak signal environments found, for example, in deep urban canyons.
The module includes support for u-blox AssistNow assisted GNSS service, which delivers orbital data via the internet and cuts the time it takes the MIA-M10 to determine its initial position at startup, allowing it to immediately track satellites without having to wait for slow satellite data downloads to complete. Applications with longer battery life requirements can use the u-blox’s CloudLocate service, which extends the life of IoT applications by offloading power-hungry position calculation to the cloud.
MIA-M10 is available in two product variants. The MIA-M10Q targets battery-powered tracking devices for wearable devices and highly dynamic applications like small drones, cameras, bike computers, and battery-powered sensors.
The MIA-M10C, targets customers requiring more flexibility to combine the module with an active or custom antenna circuit.
“MIA-M10 is the smallest GNSS module on the market – as small as a chip design, but with all the benefits of a module. Combining the exceptional sensitivity and short acquisition times of the ultra-low-power u-blox M10 GNSS platform, the MIA-M10 series offers a highly attractive solution for power- and size-constrained end devices, in particular in the growing wearable tracking device market,” says Kevin Truempi, Senior Product Manager, Product Centre Positioning, at u-blox.
First samples will be available in July, 2022.
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