Unbeatable positioning performance
To help system designers address the expanding range of Global Navigation Satellite Systems systems (GNSS) and augmentation services, as well as other demanding criteria such as low-power consumption and small size, u-blox has paid special attention to the following design considerations with the release of u-blox 7, the u-blox' seventh-generation GNSS receiver platform based on the new UBX-G7020 multi-GNSS receiver chip:
- Low-power consumption: as GNSS is mainly used in small, battery-powered mobile devices (positional information, after all, is most useful when tracking moving objects with no access to the power mains), power consumption is the most important feature of u-blox’ multi-GNSS receiver chip. Consuming only one-third the power of the nearest competing solution, as low as 9 mW in power-saving mode, the UBX-G7020 is the lowest power multi-GNSS receiver IC on the market. It supports GPS/GLONASS/ Galileo/COMPASS/QZSS and all SBAS augmentation services.
- Small size and flexible interfacing: for chip-based designs, a small yet easily mountable chip with low eBOM and flexible interfacing results in the most compact design. The UBX-G7020-CT provides these features in a 3.0 x 3.4 mm chip scale package (CSP) supporting USB, I2C, SPI and UART interfaces. With built-in LNA, LDOs and DC/DC converter and on-chip ROM, a complete GNSS system can be realized with only 8 external components on a PCB area of less than 30 square millimeters.
- Module form-factor continuity: for module-based designs, the constantly moving target of GNSS systems and their availability means each successive design upgrade should be possible without expensive hardware change: simply interchange the receiver module on the same footprint and upload new firmware. u-blox continues this “future-proof” tradition of form-factor and layout consistency with u-blox 7 and its industry standard LEA, NEO and MAX modules.
- Design flexibility: u-blox supports all deployed GNSS systems while at the same time providing “hardware-ready” receivers that can adapt to systems that are not yet available or fully characterized. u-blox supports this philosophy as it allows designers to create devices supporting deployed standards on ROM-based modules, yet with flash versions available to adapt to satellite systems which are still in the trial phase such as Galileo and Compass.
- Standard and automotive grade: the UBX-G7020 continues u-blox’ support of applications in consumer, industrial as well as automotive markets (UBXG7020- KA conforms to AEC-Q100 and ISO/TS 16949 quality and manufacturing standards).
With complete documentation and reference designs available, module versions for quick evaluation, and a well-defined product roadmap, the u-blox 7 is the perfect positioning platform to enable location based features in all consumer, automotive and industrial devices.
For more detailed information, download the whitepaper "u-blox' Comprehensive Approach to Multi-GNSS Positioning" (PDF).