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Advanced GPS Receiver (VL-MPEu-G3)

Advanced GPS Receiver  (VL-MPEu-G3)Advanced GPS Receiver Mini PCIe Module

Advanced GPS Receiver Mini PCIe Module

Mini PCIe module provides accurate GPS information for embedded systems. Industrial temperature.


  • Mini PCIe Module Format
    Small and flexible.
  • GPS Receiver
    Supports GPS, SBAS, QZSS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo protocols. Simultaneous 72-channel operation.
  • Precision Time Reference
    GPS / atomic clock precision pulse output.
  • Industrial Temperature Operation
    -40° to +85°C operation for harsh environments.
  • USB Signaling
    Compatible with Mini PCIe cards with USB signals.
  • MIL-STD-202G
    Qualified for high shock and vibration environments.
  • Latching Connectors
    Prevents detachment failures.
  • Class 3 Manufacturing (optional)
    IPC-A-610 Class 3 for applications requiring extreme reliability.
  • 5+ Year production life guarantee

Software Expertise: Reference & Software Expertise

OS Compatibility: Win 10 Windows/Win 8/Win 7/Win XP, Windows Embedded Win Std 7/Win XPe, Linux, Wind River, QNX



The VL-MPEu-G3 is an extremely small and rugged GPS module based on the industry-standard Mini PCIe module format. Unlike typical I/O expansion boards, Mini PCIe allows additional I/O functions to be added to a system with almost no increase in overall system / package size. Mini PCIe modules provide a simple, economical, and standardized way to add I/O functions to embedded computer products.

The "G3" GPS receiver board provides highly accurate global positioning and time-stamp information for embedded systems.

This GPS receiver delivers complete position, velocity, and time (PVT) data for use in host applications. It supports simultaneous 72-channel operation for stable satellite tracking, along with aided GPS startup for fast initial signal acquisition. Support for GPS (United States), GLONASS (Russian), Galileo (European Union), and BeiDou (China), systems provide complementary coverage to enable reliable tracking in difficult environments such as cityscapes and building canyons. Additional internal augmentation systems include Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS), QZSS, IMES, and Differential GPS (D-GPS). GPS data is available in NMEA, UBX, and RTCM protocols. The GPS data is accessed via USB interface.

In addition to positioning and navigation applications, GPS/GNSS signals are widely used as high accuracy time or frequency references. They are used to synchronize remote or distributed wireless communication, as well as industrial, financial, and power-distribution equipment. The TIMEPULSE output generates a precision time reference via a pulse train synchronized with the GPS or UTC time grid. Linked to the satellites' atomic clocks, this output produces intervals configurable from 0.25 Hz to 10 MHz. The high precision time reference may be used as a low frequency time synchronization pulse or as a high frequency reference signal. By default, the time pulse signal is configured to 1 pulse per second.

The standard G3 model includes an on-board battery to retain satellite position data and support fast restart of the GPS chip. A batteryless version is also available. Connection to an external 3.0V battery is also supported.

This rugged product is designed and tested for full industrial temperature operation (-40° to +85°C). It also meets MIL-STD-202G specifications for shock and vibration. It is manufactured to IPC-A-610 Class 2 standards. Class 3 versions are available for extremely-high-reliability applications.

Product customization is available, even in low quantities. Options include conformal coating, application-specific testing, BOM revision locks, special labeling, etc.

This I/O board is compatible with a variety of popular x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, and Linux.

As with all VersaLogic products, the G3 is designed to support OEM applications where high reliability and long-term availability are required. From application design-in support, to its 5+ year production life guarantee, the G3 provides high accuracy GPS expansion with an excellent cost of ownership.

VersaLogic products are designed for use by OEMs working in a variety of market applications: Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Industrial, Security, Medical, Military, Robotics, and Transportation. Anywhere that the need for superb quality and high-performance embedded computing exists, applications include: automation, avionics, gateway, in-vehicle, monitoring, simulation, and vision.

VersaLogic delivers extremely reliable standard and customized embedded computers backed with unsurpassed service and the highest availability in the market. VersaLogic exists to exceed customers' product, service, support and delivery needs - whenever and wherever the need arises.


General Board Size Mini PCIe module (full size): 30 mm x 57.95 mm x 6.32 mm (1.81 x 2 x 0.25").
Power Requirements 3.3V @ 0.22W (supplied by the Mini PCIe socket).
Manufacturing Standards
Standard IPC-A-610 Class 2 modified
Optional IPC-A-610 Class 3 modified
Regulatory Compliance RoHS
Mini PCIe Signal Type USB 2.0
Environmental Operating Temperature -40° to +85°C
Storage Temperature -40° to +85°C
Operating* To 4,570m (15,000 ft.)
Storage To 12,000m (40,000 ft.)
Cooling None (fanless)
Airflow Requirements None (free air)
Thermal Shock 5C/min. over operating temperature.
Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing.
Vibration, Sinusoidal Sweep MIL-STD-202G, Method 204, Modified Condition A: 2g constant acceleration from 5 to 500 Hz, 20 min. per axis.
Vibration, Random MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A, Condition A: 5.35g rms, 5 min. per axis.
Mechanical Shock MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B, Condition G: 20g half-sine, 11 msec. duration per axis.
Device I/O GPS/GLONASS On-board GPS module.
Receiver Type 72-channel M8
Protocols GPS L1C/A, SBAS L1C/A, QZSS L1C/A, QZSS L1 SAIF, GLONASS L1OF, BeiDou B1, Galileo E1B/C
Path 2 Simultaneous RF paths
GPS Accuracy
Autonomous Position 2.5m
Velocity 0.05 meters/second
Heading 0.3 degrees
GLONASS Accuracy
Autonomous Position 2.0m
Velocity 0.05 meters/second
Heading 0.3 degrees
Maximum Navigation Update Rate 4 Hz to 10 HZ ¥
Startup Time
Aided Start 5 seconds
Hot Start 1 second
Cold Start 29 seconds
Time Pulse Accuracy
Clear Sky <= 20ns
Indoor <= 500ns
Timing Output Provides a high precision output pulse train synchronized with the GPS time grid. The default time pulse signal is 1 pulse per second. Latching connector.
Frequency Range 0.25 Hz to 10 MHz (configurable)
Interface 3.3V TTL
Tracking -167 dBm
Reacquisition -153 to -160 dBm ¥
Antenna External. Compatible with active antennas only. Standard U.FL connector.
Host Communication
Interface Mini PCIe - USB signaling
Protocol NMEA, UBX, RTCM
Battery - On-board On-board battery facilitates faster restart time
Battery - External Supports external 3.0V battery to facilitate faster restart time
Software Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, and Linux.
¥ Timing depends on protocol
* For extended altitude information contact VersaLogic Sales.
MIL-STD-202G shock and vibe levels are used to illustrate the ruggedness of this product in general. Testing to higher levels and/or different types of shock or vibration methods can be accommodated per the specific requirements of the application. Contact VersaLogic Sales for further information.

Short circuit protection

Specifications are subject to change without notification.

Software Support Packages

Operating System Compatibility

Win 10 - Tested & Compatible
Win 8 - Tested & Compatible
Win 7 - Tested & Compatible
Win XP - Tested & Compatible
Win Std 7 - Tested & Compatible
Win XPe - Tested & Compatible
Debian - Tested & Compatible
Ubuntu - Tested & Compatible
Knoppix - Tested & Compatible
VxWorks - Meets Specifications
Neutrino - Meets Specifications


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Ordering Information

Model Function Operating Temperature Digi-Key logo
VL-MPEu-G3E Precision GPS receiver with backup battery -40 to +85C
VL-MPEu-G3E-Z Precision GPS receiver, no battery -40 to +85C

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SCHEDULE B:8471.60.7000