u-blox has introduced what could be the world’s smallest GNSS module with the 4.5×4.5mm u-blox MIA-M10 miniature module supporting GPS, BeiDou, Galileo, and GLONASS satellite navigation systems.
The MIA-M10 is said to be about half the size of competing products and has been specially designed for size-constrained battery-powered asset tracking devices, as well as space-constrained industrial sensors and consumer goods. The company also claims its power-save modes can double the battery life by balancing position accuracy and power consumption.
u-blox MIA-M10 GNSS module specifications:
- GNSS – BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS / QZSS
- Number of concurrent GNSS – 4
- MIA-M10C – Crystal
- MIA-M10Q – TCXO
- MIA-M10Q only – SAW filter, LNA
- Host Interfaces – 1x UART, 1x DDC (I2C compliant)
- Supply Voltage
- MIA-M10C – 1.3 to 1.98V
- MIA-M10Q – 1.76V to 3.6V
- Power Consumption – < 25 mW
- Dimensions – 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0mm
- Temperature Range – -40°C to +85°C
The module supports both u-blox AssistNow Internet-assisted GNSS service cutting the time it takes the MIA-M10 to get a GPS fix, and u-blox’s CloudLocate service which offloads position calculation to the cloud and is supposed to extend the life of IoT applications.
The MIA-M10Q variant of the module embeds all hardware to design size-constrained battery-powered tracking devices, while the MIA-M10C offers more flexibility allowing customers to combine the module with an active or custom antenna circuit. You can evaluate both solutions with the two existing EVK-M101 and EVK-M101C evaluation kits with a UBX‑M10050-KB chip and respectively a TCXO or a crystal oscillator.
U-blox will showcase the new MIA-M10 at the upcoming Sensors Converge and Embedded Technologies trade show on June 27-29 in San Jose, California. The first samples of the miniature GPS module are expected in July 2022. More details may be found on the product page.
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