Adafruit has this week announced the launch or a new addition to its range of FeatherWing development boards with the availability of the new Ultimate GPS FeatherWing which is now available to purchase directly from the online Adafruit store priced at $39.95.
Back in 2013 the company created the Ultimate GPS module and now has brought the same hardware to its range of Feather boards allow you to plug it directly into your chosen Feather board to provide a precise, sensitive, and low power GPS solution for worldwide location-based projects.
Adafruit explained a little more about their new Ultimate GPS FeatherWing development board :
The Wing 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.
The MTK3339-based module has external antenna functionality. 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.
Specifications of the Adafruit Ultimate GPS FeatherWing include :
– -165 dBm sensitivity, 10 Hz updates, 66 channels
– Only 20mA current draw
– RTC with coin battery backup
– Built-in datalogging
– PPS (pulse per second) output on fix
– Internal patch antenna + u.FL connector for external active antenna
-Fix status LED
For more information on the new Adafruit Ultimate GPS FeatherWing development board jump over to the official Adafruit online store via the link below. If you enjoyed this article you are sure to enjoy how to build your very own Arduino wind speed meter or anemometer project which is easy to build with basic Arduino skills.
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