u-blox 8 offers significant improvements, compared with its predecessor u-blox 7. The tracking sensitivity has been increased by 4 dBm, and is now -166 dBm. The enhanced odometer functionality, a new geofencing feature, and optimised preset power save modes can halve the power requirements for sport products. Free-of-charge AssistNow for boosting GNSS acquisition performance, which is available online, offline or as an autonomous service, has been improved. It also makes the new positioning platform applicable to all battery powered devices, especially wearables and sports tracking.
u-blox 8 is pin-compatible with u-blox 7 (pictured). It will be available as a chip and as modules in several form factors. Customer samples of u-blox 8 chips and modules will be available by Q2 2016.