New antenna 2J620P will provide you a high quality GSM and GPS signal at once, moreover with a very simple assembly.
Tracking of vehicles or goods is still more used what naturally results into a requirement for a suitable antenna. One of them can be the 2J620P. It offers a very simple and elegant solution, as in fact it is “2 in 1” – two antennas in one enclosure, each with a separate RG174 cable and SMA connector. Assembly is absolutely simple – by means of included double-sided foam pad. Also supplied is even a small towel filled by isopropanol for cleaning of a place of assembly as well as antenna itself.
2J620P has a 2.14 dBi gain for GSM and 26-28 dB for GPS. The GPS portion is equipped by an active amplifier, that´s why requires 2.7-5.5V/15-25 mA power supply. In many applications can be also advantageous a flat shape without any nibs.
Detailed description of the antenna can be found in the 2J620P datasheet.
2J620P antenna – GSM and GPS under one roof - [Link]
New GSM/GPRS/GPS/GNSS modules Quectel offer also special functions, able to make your product exquisite.
Development in the field of communication modules is fast and there are still more segments for their applications. That´s why company Quectel always comes with novelties or at least with enhanced versions of existing modules. This is also the case of two novelties M95EB and UC15.
Module M95 is certainly familiar to you from several our articles like for example Even the Vodafone confirmed quality and reliability of Quectel M95 GSM module. M95 belongs to a TOP in the segment and recently we announced you an eCall support. Meanwhile, this version came to a mass production and we can easily differentiate it by the „EB“ suffix. New version M95EB also supports Dual SIM function (DSSS), what makes it extra reliable even for emergency systems and similar applications. A previous M95 as well as new M95EB are compatible and they will be on the market in parallel, that´s why company Quectel recommends to use the new version (EB) only for applications where you plan to use these new functions.The second novelty is the UC15 module (UMTS/ HSDPA), which is similar to UC15 in many respects, but it´s smaller (29x29x2.5mm) and it has only 66 pins. The main difference is that UC15 doesn´t support GPS/ GNSS and it´s also somewhat slower (upload). UC15 is cheaper than UC20 and in many applications it can represent a very interesting alternative for a very attractive price.
A comprehensive description and comparison of Quectel modules can be found in the Quectel brochure as well as in the datasheets in particular types.
With modules Quectel UC15 and M95EB you’ ll gain Dual SIM, eCall, HSDPA and other functions - [Link]
With the rapid development of GPS (Global Positioning System) techniques, GPS gets wider application in many fields. GPS has features such as high precision, global coverage, convenience, high quality, and low cost. Recently, the use of GPS extends speedily from military to civilian applications such as automobile navigation systems which combine the GPS system, e-map, and wireless network. GPS is getting popular, and the market for GPS techniques is extending continuously.
UARTs provide serial asynchronous receive data synchronization, parallel-to-serial and serial-to-parallel data conversion for both the transmitter and receiver sections. These functions are necessary for converting the serial data stream into parallel data that is required with digital systems. Synchronization for the serial data stream is accomplished by adding start and stop bits to the transmit data to form a data character. Data integrity is ensured by attaching a parity bit to the data character. The parity bit is checked by the receiver for any transmission bit errors.
The circuit describes how to combine GPS into a navigation system by using a Philips 2-channel UART, the SC16C2552B. The SC16C2552B is a two channel Universal Asynchronous Receiver and Transmitter (UART) used for serial data communications. Its principal function is to convert parallel data into serial data, and vice versa. The UART can handle serial data rates up to 5 Mbit/s.
- SC16C2552BIA44 Dual UART, 5 Mbps (max.), with 16-byte FIFOs
- 80C51 CMOS 0 to 42 MHz Single-Chip 8 Bit Microcontroller
- 12 MHz Oscillator Clock
- 1.8432 MHz Oscillator Clock
- 22pF Capacitor – 2 Units
- 33pF Capacitor – 2 Units
- 0.1µF Capacitor – 2 Units
- 10 µF Capacitor – 2 Units
- 74LV04 Hex Inverter – 2 Units
UART in GPS navigation system – [Link]
A new multi-band satellite antenna developed by Imec in collaboration with Septentrio was announced at the Mobile World Conference held recently in Barcelona, Spain. The antenna is a multi-band design capable of simultaneously receiving GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and GALILEO satellite signals. The resulting receiver is capable of resolving its location to within 1 cm.
The antenna is paired with Septentrio’s credit card-sized AsteRx-m receiver, a dual frequency GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) receiver that provides centimetre accuracy while drawing less than 500 mW
SatNav Antenna Fixes your Position to 1 cm - [Link]
UC20 module already provides besides a high speed UMTS/HSPA+ data transfer even the reception of data from GPS/ Glonass satellites.
When company Quectel launched on the market the UC20 3G module a few months ago, they also announced a forthcoming enhancement of functionality for reception of GPS/Glonass. We can unveil with pleasure, that reception of GPS/ Glonass signal via the UC20 module is already a reality and so this module has become one of the most versatile communication modules on the market. Combination of GSM/GPS/Glonass enables for example to design a device for monitoring of position of vehicles, goods, etc, by means of a single module.
At the same time, we also incorporated into our standard stock offer a miniPCIe version – UC20-E-MINIPCIE, increasing flexibility of usage of the module. All further information can be found in our recent article: Quectel 3G modules of UC20 series will ensure a fast transmission even on 900 MHz.
Quectel UC20 integrates GSM and GPS into a single module - [Link]
NavSpark is an arduino-compatible board with GPS for less then $20:
NavSpark is a small, powerful, breadboard-friendly, 32bit development board that is Arduino compatible, with a world class GPS receiver as on-board peripheral, and under $15.
There is also NavSpark-BD, a variant model having world-class GPS/Beidou receiver as on-board peripheral, that enables you to adopt new GPS/Beidou satellite navigation technology when Broadcom Qualcomm just recently came out with solution supporting Beidou to their tier-1 smartphone customers like Apple and Samsung.
NavSpark puts leading edge satellite navigation technology in the hands of the makers.
NavSpark: Arduino Compatible with GPS GNSS Receiver - [Link]
Telit and SiTime have teamed up to produce what is claimed to be, at 4.7 × 4.7 mm LGA (Land Grid Array) package, the world’s smallest and lowest power GPS receiver chip. The SiRFstarIV-based Jupiter SE880 receiver module allows extended hibernation periods drawing just 15 µA while maintaining a less than one second Snap Start.
The receiver combines Telit’s Jupiter SE880 miniature GPS receiver with SiTime’s MEMS SiT15xx low power oscillators. Its tiny footprint and low power consumption means that future mobile tracking devices and navigation aids can be made smaller and will last longer between charges.
The 750 nA core current and power saving features of the 32 kHz SiT15xx family contribute to the chips low power consumption compared to systems using traditional crystal clocks. [via]
The Tiniest GPS Receiver Chip - [Link]
The company U-Blox have announced the EVA-7M, a standalone GNSS positioning module claimed to be the smallest complete solution on the market. It supports US GPS, Russian GLONASS, Japanese QZSS, plus all SBAS augmentation systems. The module contains all the necessary components, including crystals and passives, it’s only necessary to add an antenna to give global positioning capability. The chip uses the company’s advanced GNSS u-blox 7 technology and achieves -160 dBm sensitivity when tracking GPS satellites (-158 dBm with GLONASS satellites). An integrated high-efficiency converter keeps power requirements down to 16.5 mA at 3 V.
The 7 x 7 x 1.1 mm LGA module eases implementation in end-products because both RF and digital domains are integrated and kept separate in the chip. The LGA pads are configured in single rows, unlike other GNSS receivers on the market. The EVA is a standalone receiver, providing positional information without the need for host integration or extra RF components. [via]
Complete Global Positioning Solution, Just Add an Antenna - [Link]
ezflyr posted his new project, the GPS to Xbee Bridge:
Here is my latest project, a ‘GPS to Xbee Bridge’. This project utilizes a USGlobalsat BR-355 GPS receiver, and an Xbee module to wirelessly transmit a GPS-derived time/date info packet to a variety of home-brew clocks around my home! These clocks consist of an odd mix of Nixie Tube clocks and GLCD clocks that I’ve design and built over the years! The design is based on a PIC 18F14K22 processor which receives and parses incoming NMEA data from the BR-355 GPS module, and an Xbee or Xbee Pro wireless module. These packets are transmitted every 15 seconds!
‘GPS to Xbee bridge’ project - [Link]
by Publitek European Editors
This article looks at the options for getting started with a GPS design for industrial applications, from the transceivers to modules and the evaluation boards available, as well as the antenna issues to consider. It looks at how modules from suppliers such as Antenova and NXP Semiconductors can be used, extending to single chip implementations from Maxim and Skyworks.
Navigation and positioning are becoming increasingly popular functions in many devices, from dedicated satellite navigation handsets to integration in mobile phones and automobiles. They are now appearing in digital cameras and even used for tracking high value assets, making the integration of navigation technology an important design element. However, this brings together digital processing, software, analog and RF design expertise that may not be common within one company.
Getting Started with GPS - [Link]