Telit Introduces Slim, Smart Antenna GNSS Location Module

By Ken Briodagh May 18, 2017

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced the introduction of a new slim family of smart antenna GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver modules. These fully integrated modules reportedly include a comprehensive feature set that eliminates the need for additional components for IoT projects with size, cost, and time constraints.

Designed to ease the burden for developers with little or no RF design experience, the SL876Q5-A is compliant with regulatory and industry standards specifications and combines an omni-directional low profile embedded antenna and an internal RF switch. This combination is well suited for applications needing two antennas, such as personal trackers and alarms, which must be equipped with a main and a backup antenna for when the signal becomes compromised. It includes Low Noise Amplifier (LNA), Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filter, and efficient power management technology in a Leadless Chip Carrier (LCC) package. The inclusion of several low power modes reduces total power consumption while maintaining position accuracy, which extends battery life.

“The SL876Q5-A delivers on everything our customers and partners have come to expect from the industry’s leading IoT solutions provider,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, EVP, Products and Solutions, Telit. “IoT developers continuously search for solutions that simplify the design process. We’ve developed a compact solution with features that deliver industry-leading performance without compromising performance. Not only does the SL876Q5-A eliminate the need for additional components in most use cases, but also cuts development time and costs considerably.”

Features of the SL876Q5-A include:

  • Full GNSS with Quad-GNSS: GPS/ QZSS and GLONASS or BeiDou, Galileo ready, and A-GNSS.
  • Omni-directional antenna design delivers
  • MEMS wakeup feature
  • Built in LNA
  • Primary UART port. A secondary port can be configured as UART, I2C, or SPI at boot/reset
  • Embedded RF switch allows easy integration with external antennas
  • 11 x 11.9 x 2.3 mm LCC package for space constrained devices
  • Flash memory enables firmware upgrades, customization, and AGPS file storage

Availability begins in the second quarter of 2017. 

Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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