ZOE-M8B - Ultra-compact, super low power u-blox M8 GNSS SiP with Super-E mode

Ultra small multi-GNSS SiP modules for battery powered wearable and portable devices

ZOE-M8B is u-blox's ultra small, highly integrated GNSS SiP (System in Package), measuring just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0 mm.

Making use of the Super-Efficient (Super-E) mode, ZOE-M8B offers an ideal balance between miniature size, low power consumption and good GNSS performance. ZOE-M8B uses up to 2.5 times less power than a traditional M8 GNSS module with concurrent GNSS reception in 1 Hz full power mode, while still maintaining good positioning and speed accuracy. An average power consumption over a typical 30-minute track will be as low as 25 mW, using AssistNow Offline data and an industrial antenna design (i.e. moderate-to-low signal levels).

The TCXO-based ZOE-M8B integrates a front-end SAW filter and an additional front-end LNA for increased jamming immunity and easier antenna integration. A passive antenna can be used to provide a highly integrated system solution with minimal eBOM.

Incorporating ZOE-M8B into customer designs is simple and straightforward thanks to the fully integrated design, single 1.8 V voltage supply, simple interface, and sophisticated interference suppression, which ensures maximum performance even in GNSS-hostile environments. In addition, the ZOE-M8B provides an SQI interface for optional external Flash, continuous data logging, and improved A-GNSS performance.

ZOE-M8B is based on the high performance u-blox M8 concurrent GNSS engine, which supports GPS / GLONASS / BeiDou / GalileoC, including message integrity protection, antijamming, and anti-spoofing. All of these features together provide reliable positioning in difficult environmental conditions, as well as in security attack scenarios.

ZOE-M8B with Super-E low power mode is an ideal and fully integrated SiP solution for battery powered wearable and portable devices requiring low power and small size with good GNSS performance.

Features:
  • Ultra small size SiP (System‑in‑Package) 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0 mm
  • Fully integrated and complete solution, reducing total design efforts
  • As low as 12 mW power consumption thanks to Super‑E mode
  • Ideal for passive antenna, due to built‑in SAW and LNA
  • High accuracy thanks to concurrent reception of up to 3 GNSS
  • Pin‑to‑pin compatible with ZOE‑M8G

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

Part Number Description Pack Size
ZOE-M8B u-blox M8 concurrent GNSS 51-pin S-LGA module, 1.8V, TCXO, ROM, SAW, LNA, 4.5 x 4.5 x 1mm
Tray of 20 or Reel of 1000
Support Products
EVK-M8BZOE
u-blox M8 GNSS evaluation kit for ZOE-M8B
Each

EVK‑M8xZOE evaluation kits make evaluating the ultra small concurrent ZOE‑M8 GNSS modules simple. The built‑in USB interface provides both power supply and high speed data transfer, and eliminates the need for an external power supply. u‑blox EVK‑M8xZOE evaluation kits are compact, and the user‑friendly interfaces and power supply make them ideally suited for use in laboratories, vehicles and outdoor locations. Furthermore, they can be used with a PDA or notebook PC, and serve as reference design, making them the perfect companion through all stages of design‑in projects.

EVK-M8GZOE

Features:
  • Easy to use
  • Extensive visualization and evaluation features
  • Supports AssistNow Online, AssistNow Offline and AssistNow Autonomous A‑GNSS services
  • All ports accessible outside
  • USB (V2.0 compatible) available for power supply and data transfer

Kit includes:

  • EVK‑M8GZOE or EVK-M8BZOE unit
  • USB cable
  • Active GNSS antenna with 3 m cable

EVK‑M8xZOE software package 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 March 2018