GLONASS/GPS combined module targets the Russian and Eastern European markets

August 24, 2012 // By Julien Happich
MSC now offers the L16 GLONASS/GPS module from Quectel, enabling simultaneous GPS and GLONASS open service L1 reception. It is the first module from Quectel developed especially for the Russian and Eastern European markets.

The L16 module is based on STMicroelectronics' Teseo II single-chip positioning device. With 2 fast acquisition channels and 32 tracking channels, it can acquire and track any mix of GPS and GLONASS signals. What’s more, the L16 supports Self‑Trained Assisted GPS (ST‑AGPS) technology. Through the simultaneous use of GPS and GLONASS signals, not only can the Time To First Fix (TTFF) be reduced, but the higher number of visible satellites allows the positioning accuracy to be increased to 1.5m. With a current consumption of 110mA during acquisition and 95mA in the tracking operation as well as a wide operating temperature range of -40 to +85°C, the L16 GLONASS/GPS module is suited for use in a wide range of consumer, automotive and industrial applications. Two UART interfaces and the support of active and passive antenna systems enable simple implementation of the module. The unit comes in a 22.4x17x3mm form factor. In addition to the module, MSC offers a complete L16 development kit that includes hardware and software.

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