GNSS Receiver - EM-506N5

The EM-506N5 GPS receiver from USGlobalSat based on the MediaTek high performance L1 band GNSS receiver. This is the new version from the EM-506. It includes on-board voltage regulation, LED status indicator, battery backed RAM, and a built-in patch antenna! 6-pin interface cable not included.

This EM-506N5 GPS module is powered by the MediaTek high performance L1 band GNSS receiver, it can provide you with superior sensitivity and performance even in urban canyon and dense foliage environment.

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  • Sensitivity:
    • Tracking: -165dBm
    • Acquisition (Cold Start TTFF): -148dBm
  • Hot Start - Autonomous: <1 sec, average
  • Warm Start - Autonomous: <15 sec
  • Cold Start - Autonomous: <35 sec
  • Main Power Supply (VCC): Min. 4.5V, Typ. 5V, Max. 6.5V
  • Main Power Supply Current:
    • Typ. 32mA, Max. 36mA - GPS is not 3D Fixed.
    • Typ. 29mA, Max. 35mA - GPS is 3D Fixed.
  • GPS L1CA/QZSS L1CA/SBAS L1/Galileo E1 (E1B+E1C): 1575.42 MHz
  • GLONASS L10F: 1602 MHz
  • BeiDou B1: 1561.098 MHz
  • Horizontal Position Accuracy- Autonomous: <2.5m
  • Velocity Accuracy:
    • Speed: <0.05 m/s
    • Heading: <0.01 degrees
  • Reacquisition: 0.1 second, average
  • Update Rate: 1 Sec / 5 Sec
  • Maximum Altitude: <18,000 meter
  • Maximum Velocity: <500 meter/second
  • Maximum Acceleration: <4G
  • Humidity Range: Min. 5, Max. 95 % non-condensing
  • Operation Temperature: Min. -40°C, Typ. 25°C, Max. 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: Min. -40°C, Max. 85°C

GNSS Receiver - EM-506N5 Product Help and Resources

GPS Basics

December 14, 2012

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is an engineering marvel that we all have access to for a relatively low cost and no subscription fee. With the correct hardware and minimal effort, you can determine your position and time almost anywhere on the globe.

Core Skill: Programming

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3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

3 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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EM 506N5 works great

I ordered this to replace an EM-506. The N5 is a little different. Pin compatible. But initialization commands are different. So I had to change my code a bit. This part worked great for me. I'm using it as a source of time. It also shows location, but I shut off those message. If you buy one, just realize the supplied cable is a reversing cable.