u‑blox announces the first high precision GNSS module based on u‑blox F9 technology

u-blox, a global provider of positioning and wireless communication technologies, announced the ZED-F9P multi-band GNSS module with integrated multi-band Real Time Kinematics (RTK) technology for machine control, ground robotic vehicles, and high precision unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) applications.

The ZED‑F9P measures only 22 x 17 x 2.4 mm and uses technology from the recently announced u‑blox F9 platform to deliver robust high-precision positioning performance in seconds.

The u-blox ZED-F9P is the first mass market multi-band receiver to concurrently use GNSS signals from all four GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou). Combining GNSS signals from multiple frequency bands (L1/L2/L5) and RTK technology lets the ZED‑F9P achieve centimeter-level accuracy in seconds. And receiving more satellite signals at any given time maximises the availability of centimeter-level accuracy even in challenging environments such as in cities.

With its high update rate, the ZED‑F9P is ideal for highly dynamic applications such as UAVs. Featuring on-chip integration of advanced multi-band RTK algorithms, it requires no additional hardware or third party RTK libraries. Ready to use on delivery and easy to integrate, it helps product developers quickly bring their ideas to the market.

Mårten Ström

ZED-F9P is fully geared to clearing the three main hurdles that have kept centimeter-level positioning accuracy from breaking into mass market applications: cost, size, and power consumption. Significantly smaller and more energy efficient than existing solutions, and as a cost efficient alternative, the ZED-F9P will enable new high precision positioning applications for the mass market.

“The new ZED-F9P GNSS receiver builds on the success of our NEO-M8P high precision GNSS module, but takes performance to another level by leveraging all the available GNSS signals,” says Mårten Ström, senior principal Product Management, Product Centre Positioning at u‑blox.

“By making robust and affordable high precision positioning technology more accessible, we hope to fuel innovation and enable a new generation of high precision GNSS navigation applications.”

Engineering samples will be available from end of July 2018.

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