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Adafruit Ultimate GPS Breakout - 66 channel
w/10 Hz updates - Version 3
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New! Version 3 comes with the latest module which has external antenna support
and Pulse-Per-Second output
We carry a few different GPS modules here in the Adafruit shop, but none that
satisfied our every desire - that's why we designed this little GPS breakout board.
We believe this is the Ultimate GPS module, so we named it that. It's got everything
you want and more:
-165 dBm sensitivity, 10 Hz updates, 66 channels
5V friendly design and only 20mA current draw
Breadboard friendly + two mounting holes
RTC battery-compatible
Built-in datalogging
PPS output on fix
Internal patch antenna + u.FL connector for external active antenna
•Fix status LED
...all for under $40!
The breakout is built around the MTK3339 chipset, a no-nonsense, high-quality
GPS module that can track up to 22 satellites on 66 channels, has an excellent
high-sensitivity receiver (-165 dB tracking!), and a built in antenna. It can do up to
10 location updates a second for high speed, high sensitivity logging or tracking.
Power usage is incredibly low, only 20 mA during navigation.
Best of all, we added all the extra goodies you could ever want: a ultra-low dropout
3.3V regulator so you can power it with 3.3-5VDC in, 5V level safe inputs, ENABLE
pin so you can turn off the module using any microcontroller pin or switch, a
footprint for optional CR1220 coin cell to keep the RTC running and allow warm
starts and a tiny bright red LED. The LED blinks at about 1Hz while it's searching
for satellites and blinks once every 15 seconds when a fix is found to conserve
power. If you want to have an LED on all the time, we also provide the FIX signal
out on a pin so you can put an external LED on.
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Two features that really stand out about version 3 MTK3339-based module is the
external antenna functionality and the the built in data-logging capability. The
module has a standard ceramic patch antenna that gives it -165 dB sensitivity, but
when you want to have a bigger antenna, you can snap on any 3V active GPS
antenna via the uFL connector. The module will automatically detect the active
antenna and switch over! Most GPS antennas use SMA connectors so you may want
to pick up one of our uFL to SMA adapters.
The other cool feature of the new MTK3339-based module (which we have tested
with great success) is the built in datalogging ability. Since there is a
microcontroller inside the module, with some empty FLASH memory, the newest
firmware now allows sending commands to do internal logging to that FLASH. The
only thing is that you do need to have a microcontroller send the "Start Logging"
command. However, after that message is sent, the microcontroller can go to sleep
and does not need to wake up to talk to the GPS anymore to reduce power
consumption. The time, date, longitude, latitude, and height is logged every 15
seconds and only when there is a fix. The internal FLASH can store about 16 hours
of data, it will automatically append data so you don't have to worry about
accidentally losing data if power is lost. It is not possible to change what is logged
and how often, as its hardcoded into the module but we found that this
arrangement covers many of the most common GPS datalogging requirements.
Comes with one fully assembled and tested module, a piece of header you can
solder to it for breadboarding, and a CR1220 coin cell holder. A CR1220 coin cell is
not included, but we have them in the shop if you'd like to use the GPS's RTC
We have a nice fancy library for GPS usage, with background parsing and can set
and query the built in GPS logging capability (called LOCUS). A full tutorial is also
available, which has tons of information about the module, how to use the data
logger and more
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Available Quantity1204
Unit Price39.95