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Single-Chip GPS requires only 7 x 8 mm PCB area

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Designed for small, low-power, low-cost applications, a single-chip GPS device from u-blox delivers the positioning performance of u-blox 6 technology in a micro-miniature package: only 5 x 6 x 1.1 mm. Its high level of integration means a complete, stand-alone GPS system design can now fit on a PCB area smaller than the size of a thumbtack. The chip requires no external host. The UBX G6010-NT provides high sensitivity, down to -162 dBm or -148 dBm during cold start, and fast acquisition times. Advanced RF-architecture and interference suppression ensures maximum performance even in GPS-hostile environments.

UBX G6010-NT minimizes PCB area to less than 7 x 8 mm for a complete stand-alone GPS receiver. With most passive components integrated, the total system BOM requires as few as 5 external components including SAW filter and TCXO. An LDO and LNA are integrated and costly external memory is not needed. Lower price GPS crystals as well as TCXOs are supported. 2-layer PCB integration capability and small footprint ensures further cost savings. Designed for low power consumption, the chip includes breakthrough intelligent power management to support low-power applications. The chip operates from -40° to 85°C.

u-blox, Thalwil, Switzerland. +41 44 722 7470. [www.u-blox.com].