u-blox unveils its smallest ever GPS single-chip
GPS designs based on UBX‑G6010‑NT require only 7 x 8 mm PCB area
UBX‑G6010‑NT GPS receiver chip delivers high sensitivity and fast acquisition times and needs no external host
Thalwil, Switzerland, January 13, 2011 – Designed for small, low‑power, low cost applications, u‑blox’ latest GPS single‑chip UBX‑G6010‑NT delivers the industry‑leading positioning performance of u‑blox 6 technology in a micro‑miniature package: only 5 x 6 x 1.1 mm. Its high‑level of integration means a complete, stand‑alone GPS system design can now fit on a PCB area smaller than the size of a thumbtack. The chip requires no external host.
“Our smallest GPS chip addresses the worldwide market demand for ever‑smaller GPS devices. Global positioning is increasingly being integrated into devices such as cameras, smartphones as well as assets and goods. The UBX‑G6010‑NT is the perfect solution for these types of small, cost‑sensitive, mass‑market applications”, said Thomas Nigg, VP Product Marketing at u‑blox.
The UBX‑G6010‑NT provides high sensitivity, down to -162 dBm or -148 dBm during coldstart, and fast acquisition times. Sophisticated RF‑architecture and interference suppression ensures maximum performance even in GPS‑hostile environments.
UBX‑G6010‑NT minimizes PCB area to less than 7 x 8 mm for a complete standalone GPS receiver. With most passive components integrated, the total system BOM requires as few as 5 external components including SAW filter and TCXO. An LDO and LNA are integrated and costly external memory is not needed. Lower price GPS crystals as well as TCXOs are supported. 2‑layer PCB integration capability and small footprint ensures further cost savings.
Designed for low power consumption, the chip includes breakthrough intelligent power management to support low‑power applications. The chip operates from -40° C to 85° C.
The chip is already designed‑in at lead customers, and production ramp‑up is imminent. Design‑in is supported by u‑blox’ CDK‑6X development kit. For more details about the UBX‑G6010‑NT, visit the u‑blox product webpage, or contact the u‑blox sales representative nearest you.