This is the new Ublox Neo-M8N GPS module that includes a QMC5883L digital compass. This module has a high level of sensitivity and features active circuitry for the ceramic patch antenna. It also comes enclosed in plastic case to protect the module from the elements. This modules outputs precise position updates at 10Hz and also has a rechargeable backup battery for warm starts. The Ublox NEO-M8N is configured to run at a baud rate of 38400 and ships for use with Pixhawk and APM (you might need to modify the cable to fit your autopilot board).
The most important improvement with this module is the vast sensitivity it offers. This modules receives concurrent reception from GPS/QZSS, GLONASS and BeiDou meaning that you should get an excellent signal no matter where you are in the world. Not only does it have this excellent reception capabilities, it maintains its low power consumption. This modules is also backward compatible with the NEO-7, NEO-6 and NEO-5 families.
This module also comes with a circular mounting pad.
- When the GPS modules has power, the blue LED will flash for a second (probably less than a full second). It will then flash constantly once it has a position lock.
- This modules comes with ROM memory only. If you want a GPS module were you can upgrade the firmware and change the configuration, we sell the M8N GPS module with this functionality.
- Ublox Neo-M8N module
- Industry leading –167 dBm navigation sensitivity
- Navigation update rate up to 10 Hz
- Cold starts: 26s
- LNA MAX2659ELT+
- 25 x 25 x 4 mm ceramic patch antenna
- Rechargeable 3V lithium backup battery
- Low noise 3.3V regulator
- Power and fix indicator LEDs
- Protective case
- Diameter 60mm total size, 32 grams with case.
- ROM memory only
As mentioned above, this module is compatible with both APM and Pixhawk. This is so becasue we include both a 5 pin connector (for APM) and a 6 pin connector (for Pixhawk). You may have to change the connector depending on what you want to use it with however. Please see the picture below for the correct way to do this. For more information on how to do this, please see our DroneTrest article.