New Explorer Kits for Product Designers Needing Centimeter-Level Positioning Accuracy

Published  October 11, 2022   0
L Lakshita
XPLR-HPG-1 and XPLR-HPG-2 Explorer Kits

u-blox has announced new explorer kits to make it quicker and easier for engineers to design and evaluate products requiring centimeter-level positioning capabilities. Set to launch in early 2023, the ready-to-use XPLR-HPG-1 and XPLR-HPG-2 solutions will combine u-blox’s unique offering across the key technologies required to achieve highly precise positioning. Both these kits include high-precision GNSS (HPG) positioning with real-time kinematic (RTK), dead reckoning, cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth communications, and the necessary antennas. These kits are designed to integrate seamlessly with complementary u-blox services, such as PointPerfect GNSS augmentation service, and the ubxlib software component. 

The modular XPLR-HPG-1 kit is based around the wireless MCU in the u-blox NORA-W106, with its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE capabilities. This kit will include three Click boards, which respectively incorporate the ZED-F9R high-precision RTK GNSS module, the LARA-R6001D LTE Cat 1 module (global coverage and with built-in MQTT client), and the NEO-D9S L-band correction data receiver module. Its source code will include example software for the Espressif IoT Development Framework (ESP-IDF), based on ubxlib software components.

The compact XPLR-HPG-2, meanwhile, will deliver an integrated solution, incorporating the ZED-F9R high-precision RTK GNSS, LARA-R6001D LTE Cat 1 (with global coverage and built-in MQTT client), and NEO-D9S L-band correction data receiver modules, as well as the NINA-W106 with its MCU, Bluetooth LE, and Wi-Fi capabilities. 

Key Features

  • Prototyping kit for cm-level accuracy positioning applications

  • High-precision GNSS, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and antennas

  • PointPerfect GNSS augmentation service

  • Dual-core MCU for applications

  • ubxlib software components and application in source code