PCB Integration Guide - simpleRTK2B M.2

Product briefing:

This product uses a standard footprint: M.2 2230 Key A+E. 

What does this complex name mean? It means is compatible with M.2 connector both M.2 connector Key A, and M.2 connector Key E. These 2 connectors have been developed for USB peripherals. The 2230 just means the size of the board: 22mm x 30mm.

To integrate this product, you will have to add a standard connector to your board, together with a mounting hole in the correct location to fix the board with a screw or a clamp. A recommendation that we can give you is to not use cheap receptacles. Cheap receptacles (especially popular from unknown chinese suppliers) use very contaminated metals for the contacts, which leads to sporadic failures in the field and early death of the socket. We can recommend the top quality TE 2199230-8.


The following diagram shows the different pins available including its functionality.


PCB Footprint:

As there are so many softwares, we used an external company to develop footprint libraries for all possible software. You can download them from this link. If you face any problem just contact us.

Integration considerations

The one peculiarity of a GPS system is that the RF signals it works with, are extremely weak (down to -170dBm!). For this reason, GPS systems are especially delicate and not immune against noise.

Between the GPS receiver and the GPS antenna, the GPS antenna is by far the one with the most critical installation. We want to give you some tips to make sure you integrated your ArduSimple receiver and it works at the first attempt:

  • GPS receiver. This part of the system doesn’t like airflow, vibration and sudden temperature changes. Just try to avoid that: pick the location in your vehicle with the lowest vibration, try to use it inside a box and far away from any fan, and don’t place the board next to an electric engine that can go from cold to very warm in a matter of seconds.
  • GPS antenna. For this item we have a separate guide we recommend you to follow and it’s our GPS/GNSS Antenna Installation Guide

Configuration and Software Integration

With this product you have direct access to ZED-F9P functionalities, it will help you to read the extensive u-blox documentation. Nevertheless you can use our configuration files as a starting point for your project. And if you need help at any point just contact us, we always answer.

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