The GP-2106 is a small form factor GPS receiver with built-in antenna. Powered by the SiRF Star IV, the module can acquire satellites as low as -163dBm. It also has a hibernate mode which can go as low as 30uA while maintaining a hot start.
Note: This module runs at 1.8V VCC, however, you can use 3.3V TTL on the TX and RX pins. Also, the ON/OFF pin needs to be toggled high (to 1.8V) or low in order to turn on the module.
Note: This GPS Receiver does NOT include a connecting ribbon cable. This cable will need to be purchased separately.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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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.
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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It works as advertised and was easy to design in and use. One thing I wish it had was a 1 mm pin connector instead of the FFC connector. I had to remove the FFC connector and add the pin connector by hand to make it work on the small board I made. The other thing is that the power control is poorly documented. BTW, If you are a Premium member of Geocaching, check out GC3QQMM which uses this module. My current project is a car clock that is always accurate and automatically detects the current time zone and adjusts to it (well, at least for North America).