'World's smallest' Mediatek-based Multi-GNSS module

4th September 2015
Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
'World's smallest' Mediatek-based Multi-GNSS module


GlobalTop Technology has launched FireFly X1, claimed to be the smallest Mediatek-based Multi-GNSS module in the world. With an ultra-compact size of 9.0x9.5x2.1mm, it’s one of the smallest Multi-GNSS modules in the industry. 

Tracking of up to two constellations simultaneously, and relying on the latest Mediatek firmware, it can provide superior positioning accuracy of up to 1.8m CEP. Enabling EASY, AGPS, and SBAS further enhances position accuracy significantly.

Unlike other compact GNSS modules, despite a smaller size, FireFly X1 incorporates a complete set of high-quality components, including TCXO, RTC Crystal, SMPS, SAW Filter and an additional LNA to provide the most reliable performance.

FireFly X1 combines miniature size with flexible multi-interface connectivity options like SPI and I²C, that can simplify a user’s design, and is suitable for M2M devices relying on low-cost MCU’s that offer limited serial interfaces.

GlobalTop’s industry customisation service further expands the capability of FireFly X1 with unique features such as custom NMEA output sentence, distance calculation, geofencing, magnetic variation and last- position-retention. Advance users can also customise the basic parameters of the module, including baud rate, update rate, internal logger settings, DGPS mode, 3D Fix, 1 PPS timing, and many more.

All modules are produced at GlobalTop’s in-house ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing facility, with 100% unit testing and complete quality control, allowing for a consistent annual yield rate of 99.98%.

“Compact size and low-power consumption will be key USP’s for next-gen M2M designs. After a comprehensive market study we concluded that small size was one of the most important factors in a user’s decision about choosing a GNSS module; other key factors included power consumption, TTFF, positioning accuracy, additional interfaces as well as quality and longevity of the module. I am proud to say that FireFly X1 delivers perfectly on all these criteria”, said Sam Khan, Vice CEO, GlobalTop Technology. “FireFly X1 is designed with sophisticated engineering and an entirely new set of ultra-compact quality components to reach this miniature size, while adding more features and interfaces at the same time. It uses the latest MT3333 engine with full support for GPS, QZSS, Glonass, Beidou and is also Galileo ready."

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