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u-blox announces MAX-6, ultra-compact GPS modules for industrial applications

MAX‑6 family works seamlessly with u‑blox wireless modems to save space, power, and costs

u‑blox’ MAX, NEO, and LEA‑7 GPS/GNSS modules support all available satellite positioning systems
u‑blox’ MAX, NEO, and LEA‑7 GPS/GNSS modules support all available satellite positioning systems
Thalwil, Switzerland – February 3, 2011 – u‑blox announces the MAX‑6, a new family of ultra‑miniature, rugged GPS modules optimized for industrial and telematics applications.

The MAX‑6 family delivers all the benefits of the u‑blox 6 GPS platform in a more compact form factor than ever before: high‑sensitivity, intelligent power management and seamless operation with u‑blox’ 2G and 3G wireless module families LEON and LISA. MAX comes in an ultra‑compact, easy‑to‑mount 9.7 x 10.1 mm LCC package, and supports industrial temperature range.

“Our customers are demanding smaller footprints, and lower power requirements for GPS positioning, as well as embedded wireless connectivity”, said Herbert Blaser, VP Business Marketing at u‑blox, “MAX has been designed as the perfect positioning partner for our LEON and LISA wireless modems, enabling the design of robust, ultra‑small tracking devices that can be mounted in harsh, covert environments.”

MAX integrates either a cost‑effective standard crystal or TCXO for high performance applications down to 1.8 V.

MAX‑6 modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites. Qualification tests on MAX‑6 modules are performed as stipulated in the ISO16750 standard: “Road vehicles – Environmental conditions and testing for electrical and electronic equipment”.

Samples are available in April 2011, immediately followed by production ramp‑up.

For more information, visit the MAX‑6 webpage, or contact the u‑blox sales office nearest you.