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Positioning IC Supports GPS / GLONASS / QZSS and Is Galileo and Compass Ready

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A next-generation core positioning technology platform supports all deployed as well as soon-to-be deployed Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The u-blox 7 platform is based on the UBX-G7020 multi-GNSS receiver IC, which boasts the lowest power consumption on the market by at least a factor of three as compared to other stand-alone solutions.

With only 7 mW power consumption during continuous navigation, u blox’ UBX-G7020 is aimed at small portable and power-sensitive devices requiring long battery life, high sensitivity, small size and fast positioning. U.S., Russian, Chinese, Japanese and EU satellite positioning systems plus all Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) are supported.

The chip has been designed to support the lowest cost stand-alone solution via minimum eBOM; only eight external components are required resulting in a receiver occupying only 30 mm2 on a 2-layer PCB. Standard crystal and TCXO are supported. The chip also provides low-power, autonomous log data output of position, velocity and time. Support for A-GPS and u-blox’ unique CellLocate hybrid GNSS/cellular positioning technology is embedded to facilitate advanced telematics applications including indoor positioning.

U-blox 7 maintains software compatibility with u-blox 5 and u-blox 6, and modules provide drop-in compatibility. Both previous generation platforms remain fully supported. u-blox’ capability of delivering GNSS technology in both integrated circuit and module form provides maximum design flexibility for a wide variety of applications.

u-blox, Thalwil, Switzerland. +41 44 722 74 44. [www.u-blox.com].