Thalwil, Switzerland – Swiss-based u‑blox, a global provider of cellular and positioning modules and integrated circuits, has launched the PAM-7Q GPS/QZSS antenna module.
The module integrates a satellite receiver IC plus all passives and a pre-tuned GPS antenna in a compact 22 x 22 x 8 mm package. Combining low power consumption with high-sensitivity, sophisticated noise suppression and I2C / UART interfaces, the PAM-7Q is said to make integration of global positioning as simple as possible.
“For small and medium production runs, sourcing and tuning of an external GPS antenna can be expensive and logistically difficult.” explains Thomas Nigg, vice-president, Product Marketing at
u-blox, “the PAM-7Q is a perfect, drop-in solution to this problem. It provides instant, high-performance global positioning, no additional components are necessary.”
PAM-7Q can be easily integrated into pre-existing designs or soldered with a pin-header to a customized PCB. The simple design and easy interfacing keeps installation costs to a minimum. The 18 x 18 mm patch antenna is designed for optimal antenna performance independent of orientation. High immunity to jamming is achieved through integration of dual SAW filters. PAM-7Q targets industrial and consumer applications that require a small, fast and cost efficient solution to GPS/QZSS positioning.
The PAM-7Q module uses GPS/QZSS chips qualified according to AEC-Q100 and are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites. Qualification tests are performed as stipulated in the ISO16750 standard: “Road vehicles – Environmental conditions and testing for electrical and electronic equipment”. The module is form-factor compatible with its predecessor, the UP501.
Swiss-based u-blox (SIX:UBXN) specialises in positioning and wireless semiconductors for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Its solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and to wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to develop innovative personal, professional and M2M solutions quickly and cost-effectively. The company’s headquarters are in Thalwil, Switzerland, and u-blox has additional offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA.