MAX-M8 Series - u-blox M8 concurrent GNSS modules for more reliable positioning

u-blox MAX-M8 GNSS modules allow concurrent reception of up to 3 GNSS systems (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou)

The MAX-M8 modules utilize concurrent reception of up to three GNSS systems (GPS/Galileo together with BeiDou or GLONASS) for more reliable positioning. The MAX-M8 series provides high sensitivity and minimal acquisition times while maintaining low system power. It also supports message integrity protection, geofencing, and spoofing detection.

The MAX-M8C is optimised 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.

Key Features:

  • 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

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

Part Number Description Pack Size
MAX-M8C u-blox M8 GNSS module, crystal, ROM
Reel of 500
MAX-M8Q u-blox M8 GNSS module, TCXO, ROM Reel of 500
MAX-M8W u-blox M8 GNSS module, TCXO, ROM, short circuit protection Reel of 500
Support Products
EVK-M8C u-blox M8 GNSS evaluation kit, with crystal, supports MAX-M8C Each
EVK-M8N u-blox M8 GNSS evaluation kit, with TCXO, supports MAX-M8Q/M8W

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-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: 21 May 2018