Add-on board delivers GPS positioning, navigation and timing

The latest Click board from MikroElektronika (Mikroe), the GPS 5 Click provides users with positioning, navigation, and timing services.

The board features the M20050-1, a compact GPS module receiver using the MediaTek MT3333 flash chip, providing a complete GNSS receiver from Antenova. The receiver tracks three GNSS constellations concurrently (GPS+Galileo+GLONASS or GPS+Beidou) to enhance location and TTFF (Time to first fix) and has configurable low power modes operating from a 3.3V power supply. There is the possibility of using an external antenna, back up power and various visual indicators, pointed out Mikroe. The M20050-1 also has an accurate 0.5ppm TXCO claimed to ensure short TTFF alongside multi-path algorithms, which improves position accuracy in inner-city environments.

It has been introduced to allow developers to address a broad spectrum of GPS applications where performance, cost, and time to market are prime considerations, commented Nebojsa Matic, CEO at Mikroe.

Click boards are a modular prototyping add-on board standard invented by Mikroe, which allows users add new functionalities to development boards. Click boards enable design engineers to change peripherals easily, cutting months off development time. To enable hundreds of Click boards to be connected to the microcontroller or microprocessor the company has invented the socket standard mikroBUS. This is a uniform connection interface allowing a developer to connect any Click boards to a main board instantly. The company releases a new Click board nearly every day at 10am. Microcontroller companies including Microchip, NXP, Infineon, Dialog, STMicroelectronics, Analog Devices, Renesas and Toshiba now include the mikroBUS socket on development boards.

MikroElektronika (Mikroe) is committed to changing the embedded electronics industry through the use of industry standard hardware and software solutions. In 2011, the company invented the mikroBUS development socket standard and the compact Click Boards.

SiBrain is Mikroe’s last standard, for microcontroller development add-on boards and sockets. MikroElektronika also claims to make the world’s widest range of compilers and additionally provides development environments, development boards, smart displays and programmers and debuggers.

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