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04 June 2012

Introducing u‑blox 7, the world’s lowest-power multi-GNSS platform

IC supports GPS / GLONASS / QZSS and is Galileo and Compass-ready
u‑blox’ UBX-G7020 multi-GNSS receiver IC boasts the lowest power consumption on the market by a factor of three in a package as small as 3.0 x 3.4 mm
u‑blox’ UBX-G7020 multi-GNSS receiver IC boasts the lowest power consumption on the market by a factor of three in a package as small as 3.0 x 3.4 mm

Thalwil, Switzerland, June 4, 2012 – u‑blox, the global leader in positioning and wireless technology for the machine-to-machine (M2M), automotive and consumer markets, is proud to announce the launch of its next generation core positioning technology platform u‑blox 7. Supporting all deployed as well as soon-to-be deployed Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), the platform is based on the UBX-G7020 multi-GNSS receiver IC which boasts the lowest power consumption on the market by at least a factor of three as compared to other standalone solutions.


With only 7 mW power consumption during continuous navigation, u‑blox’ UBX-G7020 is perfect for small portable and power-sensitive devices requiring long battery life, high sensitivity, small size and fast positioning. US, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and EU satellite positioning systems plus all Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) are supported.


“As the satellite systems expand beyond GPS, u‑blox 7 is an important step for our customers to design systems that work with all available global navigation standards, particularly GLONASS which is now fully operational. Our multi-GNSS UBX-G7020 integrated circuit does exactly that while achieving two of the most important features that our customers demand: minimum power consumption and small size” said Andreas Thiel, Executive Vice President R&D Hardware, and Co-founder of u‑blox.


The chip has been designed to support the lowest cost stand-alone solution via minimum eBOM; only 8 external components are required resulting in a receiver occupying only 30 mm2 on a 2-layer PCB.  Standard crystal and TCXO are supported. The chip also provides low-power, autonomous log data output of position, velocity, and time. Support for A-GPS and u‑blox’ unique CellLocateTM hybrid GNSS/cellular positioning technology is embedded to facilitate advanced telematics applications including indoor positioning. Standard and automotive grade are supported.


First samples of the multi-GNSS receiver chip UBX-G7020 are available for customer evaluation. Shortly afterwards, module customers can easily migrate to the MAX, NEO, and LEA form factors, u‑blox’ popular module series which will all be upgraded to the new u‑blox 7 platform.


u‑blox 7 maintains software compatibility with u‑blox 5 and u‑blox 6, and modules provide drop-in compatibility. Both previous generation platforms remain fully supported. u‑blox’ capability of delivering GNSS technology in both integrated circuit and module form provides maximum design flexibility for a wide variety of applications. To evaluate the performance of the u‑blox 7 multi-GNSS platform, evaluation kits supporting all u‑blox 7 based chips and modules can be ordered.