u-blox 7: world's lowest-power multi-GNSS platform
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-bloxâ€™ 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 â€śfuture-proofâ€ť 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 â€śhardware-readyâ€ť 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-bloxâ€™ 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).