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MAX-M8 series

Small u-blox M8 GNSS modules

Small GNSS modules for easy manufacturing

  • Concurrent reception of up to 3 GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou)
  • Industry leading –167 dBm navigation sensitivity
  • Product variants to meet performance and cost requirements
  • Miniature LCC package
  • Superior anti‑spoofing and anti‑jamming
  • Pin‑compatible with MAX‑7 and MAX‑6
9.7 x 10.1 x 2.5 mm

Product variants

MAX-M8C

u-blox M8 GNSS module, ROM, crystal

MAX-M8Q

u-blox M8 GNSS module, ROM, TCXO

MAX-M8W

u-blox M8 GNSS module, ROM, TCXO, short-circuit protection

Product variantsMAX-M8CMAX-M8QMAX-M8W
GNSS features 
GNSSBeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS / QZSS
Number of concurrent GNSS3
Concurrent GNSS
OscillatorCrystalTCXO
Antenna 
Pin (active) for external antenna
Pin (passive) for external antenna
Area 
Global
Interfaces 
UART1
DDC (I²C compliant)1
Electrical data 
Minimum supply [V]1.652.70
Maximum supply [V]3.6
Environmental data, quality & reliability 
Maximum temperature [°C]85
Minimum temperature [°C]-40
Size [mm] 9.7 x 10.1 x 2.5
Features 
RTC crystal
Timepulse output
Antenna short circuit detect / protect pin-
Built-in sensor-
Other 
MarketsAutomotive & Transport, Industry, Unmanned Vehicle

Product Summary

MAX-M8 Product Summary

27-Feb-2018

214 KB

Data Sheet

MAX-M8 Data Sheet

23-Aug-2016

802 KB

Integration Manual

MAX-8 / MAX-M8 FW3 Hardware Integration Manual

09-Oct-2017

1.17 MB
MAX-M8 Hardware Integration Manual
1.57 MB

Interface Manual

u-blox 8 / u-blox M8 Receiver Description, Protocol Specification

07-Nov-2018

3.55 MB

Application Note

Data, Clock (IODC) Value Selection Process and IS-GPS-200H Compliance Statement

15-Mar-2018

43 KB
u-blox Production Test Information

22-Nov-2016

549 KB
u-blox 7 to u-blox 8 and u-blox M8 Software Migration Guide

20-Jun-2016

933 KB
u-blox-M8 FW SPG 3.01 Migration Guide

29-Feb-2016

1.88 MB
Power Management Considerations for u-blox 7 / M8 GNSS receivers
1.09 MB

CAD/CAE Libraries

CadSoft Eagle Library (hosted on Github)
50 KB
Altium Designer Library (hosted on Github)
50 KB
3D Step Models Library (hosted on GitHub)
53 KB

Release Notes

u-blox M8 UDR 1.21 Firmware Release Notes

30-Aug-2018

192 KB
u-blox GNSS Sensor Device Driver for Windows, v2.40

21-Dec-2017

129 KB
u-blox GNSS VCP Device Driver for Windows, v3.10

01-Nov-2017

126 KB
u-blox GNSS VCP Device Driver for Windows, v3.03

28-Apr-2017

125 KB
u-blox GNSS Sensor Device Driver for Windows, v2.33

28-Apr-2017

125 KB
u-blox 8/M8 Firmware v 3.01 for Standard Precision GNSS, Release Notes

03-Mar-2017

312 KB

Driver

u-blox GNSS Sensor Device Driver for Windows, v2.40

01-Nov-2017

4.95 MB
u-blox GNSS VCP Device Driver for Windows, v3.10

01-Nov-2017

5.47 MB
u-blox GNSS Sensor Device Driver for Windows, v2.33

28-Apr-2017

4.94 MB
u-blox GNSS VCP Device Driver for Windows, v3.03

28-Apr-2017

4.76 MB
u-blox GNSS Standard Driver for Windows, v1.2.0.8
582 KB

Driver Guide

u-blox GNSS Sensor and VCP Device Driver User Guide

01-Nov-2017

1.87 MB
Selection guide for u-blox GNSS USB Windows driver

01-Nov-2016

354 KB

Information Note

MAX-M8C performance improvements for weak signals
116 KB
MAX-8 and MAX-M8 Documentation Update

07-Mar-2017

133 KB

Product Change Note

MAX-M8C, MAX-M8W, MAX-M8Q ROM firmware upgrade

08-Jul-2016

137 KB
PCN: Improved performance with passive antenna
130 KB

Conformity Declaration

MAX-M8C/M8W/M8Q and MAX-8C/8Q Declaration of Conformity (RED)

10-Jan-2018

78 KB

Overview

GNSS product line card

24-Aug-2018

473 KB
u-blox Package Information Guide

21-Aug-2018

2.55 MB
u-blox GNSS module overview

14-Feb-2017

690 KB

White Paper

GPS Compendium Book
5.75 MB
Anti-jamming techniques in u-blox GPS receivers
854 KB
u-blox’s comprehensive approach to multi-GNSS positioning
1.14 MB
u-blox's GNSS and cellular module philosophy
451 KB
u-blox M8 and u-blox 7: Two u-blox GNSS platform generations address all market requirements
331 KB
The promising marriage of wireless and GPS technologies
1.59 MB

The MAX‑M8 series of standalone concurrent GNSS modules is built on the exceptional performance of the u‑blox M8 engine in the industry proven MAX form factor. With dual‑frequency RF front‑end, the u‑blox M8 concurrent GNSS engine is able to intelligently use the highest amount of visible satellites from two GNSS (GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou) systems for more reliable positioning. The MAX‑M8 series is ideal for performance driven applications. The MAX‑M8 series provides high sensitivity and minimal acquisition times while maintaining low system power. The MAX‑M8C is optimized for cost sensitive applications and has the lowest power consumption, the MAX‑M8Q provides best performance for passive and active antennas designs, while the MAX‑M8W is optimized for active antennas with best performance. The industry‑proven MAX form factor allows easy migration from previous MAX generations. Sophisticated RF‑architecture and interference suppression ensure maximum performance even in GNSS‑hostile environments. The MAX‑M8 combines a high level of integration capability with flexible connectivity options in a miniature package. This makes MAX‑M8 perfectly suited for industrial applications with strict size and cost requirements. The MAX‑M8Q is also halogen free (green) which makes it also a perfect solution for consumer applications. The DDC (I2C compliant) interface provides connectivity and enables synergies with most u‑blox cellular modules. u‑blox M8 modules use GNSS chips qualified according to AEC‑Q100, are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites, and fully tested on a system level. Qualification tests are performed as stipulated in the ISO16750 standard: “Road vehicles – Environmental conditions and testing for electrical and electronic equipment”.

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