GNSS Receiver Breakout - MAX-M10S (Qwiic) Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The SparkFun u-blox MAX-M10S breakout is an ultra-low-power, high performance, miniaturized GNSS board that is perfect for battery operated applications that don't possess a lot of space, such as asset trackers and wearable devices. In this tutorial, we will quickly get you set up using the Qwiic ecosystem and Arduino so that you can start reading the output!

SparkFun GNSS Receiver Breakout - MAX-M10S (Qwiic)

SparkFun GNSS Receiver Breakout - MAX-M10S (Qwiic)

GPS-18037
$44.95

Required Materials

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need the following materials. You may not need everything though depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary.

SparkFun GNSS Receiver Breakout - MAX-M10S (Qwiic)

SparkFun GNSS Receiver Breakout - MAX-M10S (Qwiic)

GPS-18037
$44.95
GPS/GNSS Magnetic Mount Antenna - 3m (SMA)

GPS/GNSS Magnetic Mount Antenna - 3m (SMA)

GPS-14986
$13.95
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SparkFun RedBoard Plus

SparkFun RedBoard Plus

DEV-18158
$21.50
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Qwiic Cable - 50mm

Qwiic Cable - 50mm

PRT-14426
$0.95
Reversible USB A to C Cable - 2m

Reversible USB A to C Cable - 2m

CAB-15424
$8.95
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Additional GPS Antenna Options

Below are some other GPS antenna options.

GPS Embedded Antenna SMA

GPS Embedded Antenna SMA

GPS-00177
$12.95
GPS/GNSS Embedded Antenna - 1m (SMA)

GPS/GNSS Embedded Antenna - 1m (SMA)

GPS-14987
$64.50

Suggested Reading

If you aren't familiar with the Qwiic system, we recommend reading here for an overview.

Qwiic Connect System
Qwiic Connect System

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we also recommend checking out a few of these tutorials before continuing.

GPS Basics

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.

How to Install FTDI Drivers

How to install drivers for the FTDI Basic on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

I2C

An introduction to I2C, one of the main embedded communications protocols in use today.

Serial Basic Hookup Guide

Get connected quickly with this Serial to USB adapter.

RedBoard Plus Hookup Guide

This tutorial covers the basic functionality of the RedBoard Plus. This tutorial also covers how to get started blinking an LED and using the Qwiic system.