SparkFun GPS Breakout – SAM-M8Q (Qwiic)



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The SparkFun SAM-M8Q GPS Breakout is a high-quality GPS board featuring a 72-channel GNSS receiver, capable of receiving signals from GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo constellations. It has an onboard rechargeable battery for a hot lock within seconds and supports I2C for Qwiic compatibility, which eliminates soldering and preserves UART ports. The board can be configured using the u-center program and SparkFun Arduino Library, offering various customization options such as baud rates, update rates, geofencing, and more.


SKU: SEN-157 Manufacturer: SparkFun Mfg Part Number: GPS-15210 Categories: , Tags: , , , ,


The SparkFun SAM-M8Q GPS Breakout is a high quality, GPS board with equally impressive configuration options. The SAM-M8Q is a 72-channel GNSS receiver, meaning it can receive signals from the GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo constellations. This increases precision and decreases lock time and thanks to the onboard rechargeable battery, you’ll have backup power enabling the GPS to get a hot lock within seconds! Additionally, this u-blox receiver supports I2C (u-blox calls this Display Data Channel) which made it perfect for the Qwiic compatibility so we don’t have to use up our precious UART ports. Utilizing our handy Qwiic system, no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system. However, we still have broken out 0.1″-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.

U-blox based GPS products are configurable using the popular, but dense, windows program called u-center. Plenty of different functions can be configured on the SAM-M8Q: baud rates, update rates, geofencing, spoofing detection, external interrupts, SBAS/D-GPS, etc. All of this can be done within the SparkFun Arduino Library!

The SparkFun SAM-M8Q GPS Breakout is also equipped with an on-board rechargeable battery that provides power to the RTC on the SAM-M8Q. This reduces the time-to-first fix from a cold start (~30s) to a hot start (~1s). The battery will maintain RTC and GNSS orbit data without being connected to power for plenty of time.


  • 72-Channel GNSS Receiver
  • Voltage: 3.3VDC
  • Current Consumption: ~29mA Tracking GPS+GLONASS
  • Heading Accuracy: 0.3 degrees
  • Velocity Accuracy: 0.05m/s
  • Time Pulse Accuracy: 30ns
  • 2.5m Horizontal Accuracy
  • 18Hz Max Update Rate
  • Max Altitude: 50,000m
  • Max G: ≤4
  • Max Velocity: 500m/s
  • Supports NMEA, UBX, and RTCM protocols over UART or I2C interfaces

Package Contents

  • 1 x SparkFun GPS Breakout - SAM-M8Q (Qwiic)

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  Difficulty Level

Soldering Skill: N/A
Prototyping Skill: Beginner
Programming Skill: Beginner

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  Product Attributes

Weight: 12 g

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This product has a 30 Day Warranty from the date of delivery. The item must not be modified, abused, incorrectly hooked up, or used for purposes outside the original scope of design.

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