Satellite Technology Feature Article
Latest Multi-GNSS Receiver Modules Launched by U-Blox
By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor
Millions of people, applications and machines count on our technology each day to locate, track and communicate their position wirelessly. Swiss-based u-blox (News - Alert), a specialist in positioning and wireless semiconductors for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets, has been enabling its customers to discover more about the opportunities of embedded GPS/GNSS and wireless communication solutions. Continuing this trend, the company unveiled its new multi-GNSS receiver modules MAX-7, NEO-7 and LEA-7.
The new launches are noted to be industry’s most comprehensive line of GPS, GLONASS and QZSS modules and are in line with u-blox’s industry proven form factors. MAX-7, NEO-7 and LEA-7 series support M2M with best-in-class GNSS performance. The modules target telematics applications and support all satellite positioning systems in operation of recent times including GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS.
“Each MAX-7, NEO-7 and LEA-7 variant delivers fast, accurate and reliable GLONASS and GPS positioning with the industry’s lowest power consumption. Both GPS AND GLONASS modes perform even better than combined GPS/GLONASS solutions available on the market today,” Daniel Ammann, executive vice president of positioning product development at u-blox, said in a statement.
As indicated, NEO-7N will be the first variant available from November 2012 and followed by MAX-7C from December 2012.
With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative personal, professional and M2M solutions quickly and cost-effectively.
u-blox 7 modules use GPS/GNSS chips qualified according to AEC-Q100 and are manufactured at ISO/TS 16949 certified sites. Each module is intensively inspected and tested during production. The modules are fully qualified according to ISO 16750 – “Environmental conditions and electrical testing for electrical and electronic equipment for road vehicles” to provide high durability and reliability. All modules comply with green/halogen free standards.
All u-blox 7 generation modules are pin-to-pin compatible with previous u-blox 6 and u-blox 5 families allowing easy upgrade from existing designs. Each module is available in cost- effective variants as well as performance optimized variants.
Recently, u-blox AG successfully completed the stock purchase agreement with the shareholders of 4M Wireless Ltd. The details of the acquisition were previously announced on April 24, 2012.
Edited by Brooke Neuman