Meditek MK3329, 66 channels, 10Hz for just $34.95!

With my endless effort to keep everything cheap and I'm just starting (I just got a pick and place machine!). If you want a cheap GPS here is the best deal you can get, pretty good actually:

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-Based on MediaTek Single Chip Architecture.
-Supply from 3.3V to 5V!
-Dimension:16mm x 16mm x 6mm
-L1 Frequency, C/A code, 66 channels
-High Sensitivity:Up to -165dBm tracking, superior urban performances
-Position Accuracy:< 3m CEP (50%) without SA (horizontal)
-Cold Start is under 35 seconds (Typical)
-Warm Start is under 34 seconds (Typical)
-Hot Start is under 1 second (Typical)
-Low Power Consumption:48mA @ acquisition, 37mA @ tracking
-Low shut-down current consumption:15uA, typical
-DGPS(WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS) support (optional by firmware)
-USB/UART Interface
-Support AGPS function

You can watch it in action here, i got 9 satellites during fly, taking in consideration a 1.3Ghz@1Watt video transmitter very near to it:

The heading and the altitude is not that bad! Soon i will release an easy to solder interface board with EM-406 "like" port.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 13, 2010 at 10:57pm
Needless to say, we'll be supporting this module in all the ArduPilot, ArduPilotMega and ArduIMU code
Comment by Taylor Cox on May 13, 2010 at 11:00pm
That sounds if gps's get damaged...they will be half the price to replace
Comment by cholo on May 14, 2010 at 12:28am
can I just simply solder that wire:
to mediatek gps module and connect it straight to the ardupilot/arduimu ?
Comment by Rana on May 14, 2010 at 1:30am
Nice Jordi, Ordered just 5 minutes back along with other couple of things, my order number is 3648
@Chris, it is good to hear that you guys are going to add support in ArduPilot (all varients)
Comment by Leonardo Lisboa on May 14, 2010 at 2:29am
Hi Jordi,

How does the GPS interfaces with Ardupilot? Is there a need of a special board between them or just a cable going straight from the GPS to ardupilot? Same as EM406?

Comment by tycinis on May 14, 2010 at 3:49am
the same module is sell by Flytron for 40$.

good pick jordy.
Comment by Daniel Gru on May 14, 2010 at 4:10am
So if i see this right, it is a cheaper and equal gps to the U-Blox, am I right?
So no real need to go for the U-Blox?

Regards Daniel
Comment by Melih Karakelle on May 14, 2010 at 5:56am
Yes it is very good GPS and we are using it since 2 years(it was 5hz) without any problem.
MTK commandset very simple and easy to switching it for any NMEA pattern or refresh rate.
It's only problem is pinouts, you can remove the "half hole" pins in 1 seconds if you don't use temperature controlled soldering iron.
This is why i'm selling it with Breakout Board after reflow soldering ;)
Breakout boards resolving all cabling problem,including 3Dfix LED and a buffer capacitor for backup the battery for 3 minutes when battery changing.(ofcourse you can change it with a Farad Capacitor for longer backup)

Comment by Morli on May 14, 2010 at 6:25am
Alternatively, you can use Open pilot GPS with cable ready. Looks like the same cable/connector that Jordi sells along with the shield. I see it is backed up by button battery which is suppose to last years. Neat job.

Comment by Mark Colwell on May 14, 2010 at 7:18am
Jordi, Did you use xbee for telemetry on this flight? If so did the TM drop out also?


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