Following the January 2016 launch of the u-blox 8 GPS/GLONASS receiver platform, an update of the u‑blox 7 platform, u-blox has released its u-blox 8 module series. This new module portfolio addresses power sensitive usage, whereas the existing u-blox M8 platform continues to serve applications where navigation performance and highest accuracy are paramount.
The u-blox 8 modules (EVA-8M, NEO-8Q, MAX-8Q and MAX-8C) will come after their u-blox 7 predecessors, with which they are pin compatible for easy migration. u-blox 8 offers significant improvements compared to u‑blox 7. The tracking sensitivity has been increased by 4dB to -166dBm. New features include geofencing, advanced anti-spoofing and anti-jamming functions.
Power consumption is down by 13%, making the modules suited for applications such as asset tracking, telematics, sports and wearables.
Sampling quantities will be available in May/June 2016. The modules will be available in volumes in August 2016.