GPS Receiver Datasheet by VersaLogic Corporation

VersaLogic Corporation •  12100 SW Tualatin Rd., Tualatin, OR 97062 •  (503) 747-2261 • •
GPS Receiver
Mini PCIe Module
The VL-MPEu-G2 is an extremely small and rugged GPS module based on the industry-standard Mini PCIe
module format. Unlike typical I/O expansion boards, Mini PCIe allows additional I/O functions to be added
to a system with almost no increase in overall system / package size. Mini PCIe modules provide a simple,
economical, and standardized way to add I/O functions to embedded computer products.
In a very small package, this GPS receiver board provides global positioning and time-stamp information
in embedded systems.
This GPS receiver module delivers complete position, velocity, and time (PVT) data for use in host applications.
The GPS receiver provides simultaneous 56-channel operation for stable satellite tracking and aided GPS
startup for fast initial signal acquisition. Support for GPS (United States), GLONASS (Russian), Galileo,
and QZSS systems provide complementary coverage to enable reliable tracking in difficult environments
such as cityscape / building canyons. GPS data is available in NMEA, UBX, and RTCM protocols. The
GPS data is accessed via USB.
In addition to positioning and navigation applications, GPS / GNSS signals are widely used as accurate and
low-cost precision time or frequency references used by remote or distributed wireless communication,
industrial, financial, and power-distribution equipment. The TIMEPULSE output generates a precision time
reference via a pulse train synchronized with the GPS or UTC time grid. Linked to the satellites’ atomic clocks,
this output produces intervals configurable from 0.25 Hz to 10 MHz. The high precision time reference may
be used as a low frequency time synchronization pulse or as a high frequency reference signal. By default,
the time pulse signal is configured to 1 pulse per second.
The standard model includes an on-board battery to retain satellite position data and support fast restart of
the GPS chip. Connection to an external 3.0V battery is also supported.
This rugged product is designed and tested for full industrial temperature operation (-40º to +85ºC). It
also meets MIL-STD-202G specifications for shock and vibration. Latching connectors provide additional
ruggedization, making it at home in harsh environments.
This GPS receiver board is compatible with a variety of popular x86 operating systems including Windows,
Windows Embedded, and Linux.
The module utilizes USB signaling and can be used in any system that supports USB signaling at the Mini
PCIe socket.
It is manufactured to IPC-A-610 Class 2 standards. Class 3 versions are available for extremely-high-
reliability applications.
Product customization is available, even in low quantities. Options include conformal coating, application-
specific testing, BOM revision locks, special labeling, etc.
Extremely small Mini PCIe module format
GPS receiver
Precision time reference
Industrial temp. (-40º to +85ºC) operation
MIL-STD-202G shock / vibe
Latching connectors
Mini PCIe Module Format
Small and flexible.
GPS Receiver
Supports GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS. NMEA, UBX, and
RTCM protocols.
Precision Time Reference
GPS / atomic clock precision pulse output.
Industrial Temperature Operation
-40° to +85°C operation for harsh environments.
Qualified for high shock / vibration environments.
Latching Connectors
Prevents detachment failures.
Class 3 Manufacturing (optional)
IPC-A-610 Class 3 for applications requiring extreme reliability.
General Board Size Mini PCIe module (full size): 30 mm x 50.95 mm x 6.32 mm
Power Requirements 3.3V @ 0.22W (supplied from the Mini PCIe socket)
Manufacturing Standards Standard IPC-A-610 Class 2 modified
Optional IPC-A-610 Class 3 modified
Regulatory Compliance RoHS
Mini PCIe Signal Type USB 2.0
Environmental Operating Temperature -40° to +85°C
Storage Temperature -40° to +85°C
Altitude * Operating To 15,000 ft. (4,570m)
Storage To 40,000 ft. (12,000m)
Cooling None (fanless)
Airflow Requirements None (free air)
Thermal Shock 5°C/min. over operating temperature
Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing
Vibration, Sinusoidal
MIL-STD-202G, Method 204, Modified Condition A: 2g
constant acceleration from 5 to 500 Hz, 20 min. per axis
Vibration, Random MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A, Condition A: 5.35g rms,
5 min. per axis
Mechanical Shock MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B, Condition G: 20g half-sine,
11 msec. duration per axis
Device I/O GPS / GLONASS On-board GPS / GLONASS module
Accuracy Autonomous Position 2.5m
SBAS Position 2.0m
Velocity 0.01 m/s
Startup Time Aided Start 5 sec.
Hot Start 1 sec.
Cold Start 29 sec.
Timing Output The TIMEPULSE output generates pulse trains
synchronized with the GPS time grid. The default time
pulse signal is 1 pulse per second. Latching connector.
Frequency Range 0.25 Hz to 10 MHz (configurable)
Interface 3.3V TTL
Sensitivity Tracking -162 dBm
Reacquisition -160 dBm
Antenna U.FL antenna connector. Compatible with active
antennas only. Latching connector.
Host Communication Interface Mini PCIe – USB signaling
Protocol NMEA, UBX, RTCM
Battery – On-board On-board battery facilitates faster startup times
Battery – External Supports external 3.0V battery to facilitate faster startup times
Software Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems including
Windows, Windows Embedded, and Linux
* Extended altitude specifications available upon request
MIL-STD-202G shock and vibe levels are used to illustrate the ruggedness of this product in general. Testing to higher
levels and / or different types of shock or vibration methods can be accommodated per the specific requirements of the
application. Contact a VersaLogic Sales Engineer for further information.
Short circuit protection
Specifications are subject to change without notification. PCI Express is a registered trademark of the PCI-SIG. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Ordering Information
Model Function Operating
VL-MPEu-G2E GPS receiver with backup battery -40° to +85°C
VL-MPEu-G2E-Z GPS receiver, no battery -40° to +85°C
Part Number Description
VL-CBR-0202 12” U.FL to RP-SMA female bulkhead – antenna cable
VL-CBR-0502 12” 5-wire timing and battery cable
VL-CBR-ANT02 GPS antenna with SMA connector - supports GPS signals
VL-CBR-ANT03 Active antenna with SMA connector - supports GPS and GLONASS signals
VL-HDW-108 Mini PCIe module hold-down screws (10) for use with 2.5 mm standoffs
VL-HDW-110 Mini PCIe module hold-down screws (10) for use with 2.0 mm standoffs
GPS Receiver
Mini PCIe Module
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