Firmware fixes GPS to cm level with faster updates, more constellations

June 06, 2016 //By Graham Prophet
A firmware update for the NEO-M8P high precision module from u-blox increases update rates and adds support for China's BeiDou constellation. The small, cost effective, and very precise Real Time Kinematics (RTK) modules now support BeiDou in additon to GPS+GLONASS satellite navigation systems.

With this release, u-blox introduces 8 Hz RTK update rates for GPS, making NEO-M8P suitable for applications with high user dynamics. Integrated real time kinematic algorithms bring centimetre level positioning accuracy within the reach of a wide range of applications, including unmanned vehicles and robotic guidance systems such as tractors and robotic lawnmowers. The addition of GPS and BeiDou RTK support is particularly relevant for end products targeted towards the Asia-Pacific market.

Engineers who already have samples of NEO-M8P or the application board C94-M8P can access the new features by downloading the new firmware from the website. A final set of feature updates will be available in the third quarter of 2016 with mass production starting in Q4.

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