u‑blox has announced the launch of the ZOE‑M8G, an ultra‑compact GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver module, specially designed for markets where small size, minimal weight and high location precision are essential.

The ZOE‑M8G offers high location accuracy by concurrently connecting to GPS, Galileo and either GLONASS or BeiDou. It also provides -167 dBm of navigation sensitivity. This makes the ZOE‑M8G ideal for wearable devices, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and asset tracker applications.

The ZOE‑M8G helps simplify product designs, because it is a fully integrated, complete GNSS solution with built‑in SAW‑filter and Low Noise Amplifier (LNA). This means it can be used with passive antennas, without the need for additional components, and without compromising performance.

The ZOE‑M8G GNSS module measures 4.5 mm x 4.5 mm x 1.0 mm. Due to its very small size, a complete GNSS design using a ZOE‑M8G module takes approximately 30% less PCB area compared to a conventional discrete chip design with a CSP chip GNSS receiver.

Uffe Pless, Product Marketing, Positioning Product Center at u‑blox, said: “When you’re designing products such as smart watches, fitness trackers, asset trackers, UBI dongles and even drones, every square millimeter and every gram counts. The u‑blox ZOE‑M8G makes it significantly easier for product designers to achieve precise location tracking while keeping within their strict form factor and weight restrictions.”

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Comment by Kiran Prakash on January 25, 2017 at 2:41pm

Wow. Hope they come up with products for indooor gps with a similar accuracy soon!

Comment by JB on January 26, 2017 at 6:19am

Nice! Thx for the share.

Comment by John Bond on January 26, 2017 at 8:53pm

Remember the receiver module can't do anything without an antenna.  For quality dynamic positioning the antenna is going to be much bigger than this receiver module so you don't really reduce size and weight much for a typical drone application.

Now many of the other applications have less demanding positioning requirements and can use tiny antennas even smaller than this module.  Here we do reduce size and weight substantially.

Comment by Andy Little on January 27, 2017 at 1:51am

I recently saw a flexible GPS antenna for sale


I have no idea how well it performs, but  I like the idea of an antenna you just iron on to the wing covering film!


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