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Working with windows

1. Download and install u-centersoftware, then open the u-center
2. Set the jumpers in A area, connect GNSS antenna,Put the receiver of the antenna in an open area outside for receive GPS signal, Connect the Module to PC by Micro USB cable
3. Note that you need to set the side of the antenna without sticker upward, check the COM port in Device Manager. Use the u-center to connect MAX-M8Q by select the COM port and select auto baud rate.
4. Enable 3D mode and export the file by selecting File -> Database Export -> Google Map Html.
5. Download Text_Release software and unzip. Open the file by Chrome, then import the HTML file which we saved above to check the position.
6. For detailed information about the u-center software, please refer to User guide MAX-M8Q GNSS HAT 002.jpg MAX-M8Q GNSS HAT 003.jpg MAX-M8Q GNSS HAT 005.jpg MAX-M8Q GNSS HAT 004.jpg

Working with RaspberryPi

Hardware connection

MAX-M8Q GNSS HAT 007.jpg

PIN Raspberry Pi(BCM) Raspberry Pi(WiringPi) Description
5V - - 5V Power input
GND - - Ground
RXD P14 P15 Receive pin of UART
TXD P15 P16 Transmit pin of UART
SDA P2 P8 SDA pin of I2C
SCL P3 P9 SCL pin of I2C
PPS P18 P1 PPS pin of Module
INT P27 P2 Wakeup pin, low active

Enable UART interface

Open a terminal and run the following commands

sudo raspi-config
#Choose Interfacing Options -> Serial -> No -> Yes
sudo reboot

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Libraries installation

  • Install Python libraries
sudo apt-get update
sudo pip install RPi.GPIO
sudo apt-get install python-serial
sudo apt-get install gpsd gpsd-clients python-gps
  • Modify gpsd
#Open gpsd file
sudo nano /etc/default/gpsd
#Change the lines below and save
  • Donwload demo codes
mkdir ~/Documents/MAX-XXX_GNSS_HAT_Code
cd ~/Documents/MAX-XXX_GNSS_HAT_Code/

python Examples

Enter the folded rand run the following commands:

cd ~/Documents/MAX-XXX_GNSS_HAT_Code/RaspberryPi/python/coordinate_converter
sudo python3

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NTP Server

The system clock of drivers like personal compute or server always has calibration issues as the figure below. In high-frequency trading systems, this issue affects High-precision clock requirement applications like automated production lines, etc. The NEO-M8T's enhanced sensitivity and concurrent constellation reception extend coverage and integrity to challenging signal environments. It uses the atomic clocks of the satellite to get rid of the included network and other factors. Here we use NEO-M8T and Raspberry Pi to build an NTP server and provide a clock for the WLAN network indoor. NEO-M8T GNSS TIMING HAT 002.jpg
1. Connect the antenna to NEO-M8T GNSS TIMING HAT, and set the receiver close to windows.
2. Connect the NEO-M8T to Raspberry Pi, Power on, and wait for the PPS signal.
3. Open a terminal and run the following commands.

sudo apt-get install git
cd ~/Documents
sudo git clone
cd RPi-GPS-PPS-StratumOne
sudo chmod 777

4. Reboot Raspberry Pi after installing.
5. Open and modify /boot/config.txt file, change the gpiopin=4 to gpiopin=18 of the last line and save it.

sudo nano /boot/config.txt
dtoverlay=pps-gpio,gpiopin=18,capture_clear  # /dev/pps0

6. Test pps0 by the following command. And now the Raspberry Pi uses the time of NEO-M8T.

watch -n1 chronyc sourcestats -v

7. To provide time for other devices, you can access it by the IP address of Raspberry Pi like:
8. You can check the time by the following command in a Linux device.

sudo apt install ntpdate
sudo ntpdate

Working with STM32

Hardware connection

MAX-M8Q GNSS HAT 008.jpg

PIN XNUCLEO-F103RB Description
5V - 5V power input
GND GND Ground
RXD P9(TX) Receive pin of UART
TXD P10(RX) Transmit pin of UART

HAL examples

  • Download the demo codes
  • Unzip and go into the directory of STM32 example
  • Open the STM32 project by Keil software
  • Compile and download the code to the XNUCLEO-F103RB board.
  • Connect the UART2 of the XNUCLEO-F103RB board to PC and check the debug information by Serial Port Utility

MAX-M8Q GNSS HAT 009.jpg

Expected result

1. Cloudy day

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MAX-M8Q GNSS HAT 015.jpg

2. Rain day

MAX-M8Q GNSS HAT 010.jpg
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Demo codes


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