Mikroe Click board provides positioning services

  • October 13, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Serbian embedded technology company MikroElektronika (Mikroe) has launched GPS 5 Click, a compact add-on Click board that provides users with positioning, navigation and timing services.

This board features the M20050-1, a compact GPS module receiver using the MediaTek MT3333 flash chip, providing a complete GNSS receiver for optimum performance from Antenova. The receiver tracks three GNSS constellations concurrently – GPS plus Galileo plus Glonass or GPS plus Beidou – to enhance location and TTFF (time-to-first-fix) and has configurable low power modes operating from a 3.3V power supply.

In addition to the possibility of using an external antenna, backup power and various visual indicators, the M20050-1 also has an accurate 0.5ppm TXCO ensuring short TTFF alongside multi-path algorithms, which improves position accuracy in inner-city environments.

“For just $56, developers can address a broad spectrum of GPS applications where performance, cost and time to market are prime considerations,” said Nebojsa Matic, CEO at Mikroe.

Click boards are a modular prototyping add-on board standard invented by Mikroe, which changes the way users add 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 firm has invented the MikroBus socket standard. This uniform connection interface lets users connect any Click boards to a main board instantly.

The company releases a new Click board nearly every day at 10am, and many microcontroller companies including Microchip, NXP, Infineon, Dialog, STM, Analog Devices, Renesas and Toshiba include the MikroBus socket on their development boards.

The company invented the MikroBus development socket standard in 2011 and the compact Click boards that use the standard to cut development time. Now the company offers 1000 Click boards. SiBrain is Mikroe’s latest standard for MCU development add-on boards and sockets. The firm also makes compilers and provides development environments, development boards, smart displays, programmers and debuggers.