Telit Introduces Ultra-Slim, Smart Antenna GNSS Location Module

The SL876Q5-A ultra-slim family of smart antenna GNSS receiver modules. Photo source: Telit.

May 19, 2017

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Telit announced the introduction of a new, ultra-slim family of smart antenna GNSS receiver modules on May 18. These fully integrated SL876Q5-A modules include a comprehensive feature set that eliminates the need for additional components, making them well suited for Internet of Things (IoT) projects with size, cost, and time constraints.

Easing the burden for developers with little or no RF design experience, the SL876Q5-A is compliant with regulatory and industry standards specifications, according to the company. The module combines an omni-directional low profile embedded antenna and an internal RF switch. This combination is well suited for applications needing two antennas, such as personal trackers and alarms, which must be equipped with a main and a backup antenna when the signal becomes compromised.

The turnkey solution includes features such as an additional Low Noise Amplifier (LNA), Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filter, and efficient power management technology in an ultra-slim Leadless Chip Carrier (LCC) package. The inclusion of several low power modes reduces total power consumption while maintaining position accuracy, which extends battery life — a critical requirement for wearables, personal trackers, and other battery-dependent applications.

“IoT developers continuously search for solutions that simplify the design process,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telit’s EVP of Products and Solutions. “We’ve developed a compact solution with features that deliver industry-leading performance without compromising performance. Not only does the SL876Q5-A eliminate the need for additional components in most use cases, but also cuts development time and costs considerably.”

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