Switzerland: u-blox has unveiled UC530M, boasted as the world’s smallest parallel GPS/GLONASS module with built-in antenna. The antenna module is embeddable in space-restricted environments thanks to its tiny footprint of only 9.6 x 14.0 x 1.95 mm. The highly integrated SMT design reduces the need for external components and minimizes manufacturing costs.
With high sensitivity, -165 dBm in tracking, and power consumption of 66 mW average power, the UC530M can be directly connected to a lithium battery, eliminating costly voltage regulators. Advanced low power modes are also supported along with 3 days self-assistance support. Additional functionality includes a logger function which stores location information in internal memory. With a typical log interval of 15 seconds, log capacity can be up to 16 hours.
The integrated antenna of the UC530M exhibits significantly better radiation efficiency than small patch antennas and performs well against larger and heavier patch antennas. Its circular radiation pattern brings flexibility to hardware designs. The optional connectivity to an external antenna extends the applicability of the module to a wider range of devices from handheld computers to asset tracking systems. The module is drop-in compatible with the UC530 GPS antenna module announced in June 2012.
Thomas Nigg, VP of Product Marketing at u-blox, said: “Location-aware functionality in ever-smaller consumer and industrial devices is a clear market trend. This presents an increasing challenge to OEMs. Manufacturers are confronted with the difficult task of providing fast and accurate positioning in compact devices, while time-to-market and price pressure call for minimal R&D effort and low cost. The new UC530M is built to address these requirements: a complete low-power, high performance multi-GNSS receiver with integrated antenna. The module is easy to integrate in a wide variety of devices cost-effectively.”