u-blox launches advanced M8 modules for improved performance

Switzerland’s u-blox has launched a new series of modules based on its next-generation chip technology and capable of satisfying new requirements in vehicle and asset tracking, navigation, anti-theft devices and point-of-sales terminals.

The company said it had introduced its MAX, NEO and LEA GNSS modules in M8 –its next-generation, multi-constellation positioning platform.

u-blox said the new modules are able to track all visible GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and SBAS satellites and track two GNSS systems simultaneously for increased reliability, accuracy and faster acquisition time.

“Our advanced u-blox M8 modules are the result of u-blox’ in-house GNSS chip design expertise and end-to-end ownership of the entire IC and module manufacturing processes,” said Thomas Seiler, u-blox’s (Thalwil, Switzerland) chief executive. “This gives us full control over features, quality and production allowing us to react quickly to customer requirements.”

“Being independent of third party GNSS chip suppliers means we offer our customers exactly the right feature set, chip and module options, smooth upgrade path and a clearly defined product roadmap extending years into the future,” he added.

u-blox also said its online assisted-GNSS services – branded AssistNow – has been improved to support much better global positioning performance.

The modules are designed for a wide range of applications including vehicle telematics and asset tracking, said the company.

u-blox said it would continue to offer “7-based modules” for low-power, cost-efficient, single-GNSS designs, pointing out that M8 modules are hardware- and software-compatible with u-blox 7 modules.

The company said the first samples and evaluation kits for u-blox M8 modules are now available for customer evaluation.

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