Tiny GPS antenna module provides instant global positioning

February 17, 2014 // By Julien Happich
The latest in the Alpha Micro product portfolio is the u-blox PAM-7Q GPS/QZSS antenna module measuring a mere 22 x 22 x 8 mm.

The device integrates a satellite receiver IC plus all passives and a pre-tuned GPS antenna in one single compact package. Designed for applications such as portable, covert tracking, asset-tracking, animal and child tracking devices, this new module combines low-power consumption with high-sensitivity, sophisticated noise suppression and I2C / UART interfaces, making the integration of global positioning as simple as possible.

PAM-7Q can easily be integrated into pre-existing designs or soldered with a pin-header to a customized PCB. The simple design and easy interfacing keeps installation costs to a minimum. The 18 x 18 mm patch antenna is designed for optimal antenna performance independent of orientation. High immunity to jamming is achieved through integration of dual SAW filters. PAM-7Q targets industrial and consumer applications that require a small, fast and cost-efficient solution to GPS/QZSS positioning.