MAX-8 Series - u-blox 8 GNSS modules optimised for cost sensitive applications

MAX-8 series of u-blox 8 GNSS modules for high sensitivity and low power consumption

The MAX-8 series of standard precision GNSS modules features the reliable performance of the u-blox 8 positioning engine, which receives GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS signals. The MAX-8 series delivers high sensitivity and minimal acquisition times in the ultra compact MAX form factor.

The economical MAX-8 series provides high sensitivity while featuring low power consumption and supporting advanced Power Save Modes. It also provides message integrity protection, geofencing, spoofing detection, and odometer functionalities.

The MAX-8C is optimized for cost sensitive applications with lowest power, while the MAX-8Q provides best performance. The industry proven MAX form factor allows easy migration from MAX-7 and MAX-6 modules by offering backward compatibility. Sophisticated RF-architecture and interference suppression ensure maximum performance even in GNSS-hostile environments.

Key Features:
  • Cost‑efficient system
  • TCXO‑based variant for fastest time to first fix
  • Low power consumption
  • Superior anti‑spoofing and anti‑jamming
  • Pin‑compatible to MAX‑7

For sales and technical development support from our in-house engineering team, please contact the Alpha Micro team.

Part Number Description Pack Size
MAX-8C u-blox 8 GNSS LCC module, crystal, ROM
Reel of 500
MAX-8Q u-blox 8 GNSS LCC module, TCXO, ROM Reel of 500
Support Products
EVK-M8C u-blox M8 GNSS evaluation kit (in single GPS or single GLONASS mode), with crystal, supports MAX-8C Each
u-blox 8 GNSS evaluation kit, with TCXO, supports MAX-8Q

EVK-8/EVK-M8 evaluation kits enable simple evaluation of the high performance u-blox M8 positioning technology. The built-in USB interface provides both power supply and high-speed data transfer, and eliminates the need for an external power supply.AlphaMicro_u-blox_EVK-M8N

u-blox 8/M8 evaluation kits are compact, and their user-friendly interface and power supply make them ideally suited for use in laboratories, vehicles and outdoor locations. Furthermore, they can be used with a PDA or a notebook PC, making them the perfect companion through all stages of design-in projects.


  • Easy to use
  • Extensive visualization and evaluation features
  • Supports AssistNow Online and AssistNow Offline A-GNSS services
  • 1 USB port, 1 UART port, 1 I2C/SPI port (switchable)
  • All ports accessible outside
  • Power supply and data transfer over USB (USB V2.0 compatible)

Kit includes:

  • Compact 105 x 64 x 26 mm EVK‑M8 or EVK‑8 unit
  • USB cable
  • EVK‑M8: Active GPS / GLONASS / BeiDou antenna
  • EVK‑8: Active GPS / GLONASS antenna
  • Quick Start reference card

u-center GPS/GNSS evaluation software

The EVK-8/EVK-M8 download includes u-center, which is an interactive tool for configuration, testing, visualization and data analysis of positioning chips and modules. u-center provides useful assistance during all phases of a system integration project.

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Last updated: 13 June 2018