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u-blox launches world’s smallest standalone positioning module

Switzerland, November 7, 2014: Switzerland-based u-blox, a wireless and positioning modules and integrated circuits manufacturer, has launched world’s smallest commercially available GNSS positioning module EVA M8M.

Designed for cost and space sensitive applications, the highly integrated 7x7x1.1 mm LGA module comprises several necessary components, including crystal and passives. EVA-M8M requires only an external antenna to provide an accurate position without the need for host integration. The module is also compatible with the EVA-7M GPS module.

The module supports US GPS, Russian GLONASS, Chinese BeiDou, Japanese QZSS, plus SBAS augmentation systems. Based on u-blox’s M8 performance, the module achieves -164 dBm tracking sensitivity, fast acquisition time and low power consumption. EVA-M8M can track any two GNSS systems simultaneously and output a GNSS position up to 18 Hz.

“The EVA-M8M sets a new industry benchmark for compact, stand-alone global positioning performance. The module has been designed for the absolute lowest eBOM costs and ease-of-manufacturing. It is a perfect solution for cost-sensitive industrial and wearable devices,” said Thomas Nigg, VP Product Strategy at u-blox.

A UART, USB, SPI and I2C interface provide flexible connections to a host processor. EVA-M8M can also communicate directly with u blox’ SARA 2G, LISA 3G and TOBY 4G cellular modules to support advanced tracking and location-aware products.

Source: u-blox