u-blox announces best-in-class, multi-GNSS module

7th July 2022
Tom Anstee

The SAM-M10Q antenna module makes integrating advanced low-power global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology into end devices easier than ever.

u-blox has announced the u-blox SAM-M10Q antenna module, offering a best-in-class low-power positioning solution. Featuring an integrated antenna, the module offers product developers the easiest pathway to integrate u-blox M10 GNSS technology into their devices. Typical applications include industrial tracking and telematics, automation and monitoring, and small UAVs.

Robust performance with low power consumption
At the heart of the SAM-M10Q is the ultra-low-power u-blox M10 GNSS positioning engine, offering maximum position availability with concurrent reception of all four GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou). As a result, users benefit from higher positioning accuracy and a faster position fix, even in weak signal environments such as urban canyons.

The module’s integrated wide-band antenna along with its SAW filter and low-noise amplifier (LNA) architecture deliver proven superior out-of-band jamming immunity, providing robust performance when located near a cellular modem – a common issue in asset tracking and telematics devices.

Easiest design-in and integration
As a ready-to-use GNSS solution requiring no external components or radio frequency (RF) expertise, the SAM-M10Q enables easy design-in and quick time to market, helping customers who need a ready-to-use GNSS solution and depend on external RF expertise and resources to develop a robust antenna solution. Pin-to-pin compatibility with the u-blox’s previous antenna module, the SAM-M8Q, makes it easy for existing customers to upgrade their products to benefit from the advanced u-blox M10 GNSS technology.

Designed as a surface-mount device, SAM-M10Q allows for efficient product assembly by enabling automated manufacturing processes. The antenna module’s compact size (15.5 x 15.5 x 6.3 mm) and simple interface, ensure easy integration into small end devices.

A high-performance, turnkey GNSS solution
“With its built-in antenna, low power technology, and concurrent reception of all 4 GNSS constellations, the SAM M10Q antenna module expands the existing u-blox M10 GNSS product portfolio, offering an excellent turnkey GNSS solution without need for expertise in RF and antenna design,” says JunJun Lu, Senior Product Manager, Product Center Positioning, at u-blox.

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