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VPN1513 GPS Receiver [End of Life]


EOL (End of Life) product notice

The ST-00058 VPN1513 GPS Receiver is not going to be manufactured anymore. Product is on sale while supplies last.


The VPN1513 GPS Receiver module provides a high quality, highly sensitive GPS receiver with an external antenna (not included) to provide a complete GPS solution for microcontroller applications. The high-performance SiRF III chipset features 20 parallel satellite tracking channels for fast acquisition of NMEA0183 data for robotics navigation, telemetry or experimentation.

ST-00058-VPN1513--GPS-front.JPG ST-00058-VPN1513--GPS-Receiver.JPG

Product Features

  • Fast satellite acquisition time
  • High tracking sensitivity (-159 dBm)
  • Outputs raw NMEA0183 data strings
  • Navigation update rate 1 Hz
  • Low power consumption
  • 20 satellite tracking channels
  • on-board re-chargeable battery for memory backup
  • on-board IO protective resistances
  • 5-pin SIP header with breadboard-friendly 0.1” spacing

Technical Details

  • Power requirements: 3.3V - 5V DC
  • Typical: 5V @ 60mA
  • Communications: 3.3V asynchronous serial @ 9600 bps, 8N1
  • 3.3 V on-board regulator
  • Operating temp range: -30°C to +85 °C
  • Dimensions: 27 x 55 x 6 mm

Applications Ideas

  • Robotic navigation & positioning
  • Fleet Management
  • Automotive navigation
  • Geocaching
  • Surveying

Warning: Voltage- and Static-sensitive Device

  • VPN1513 GPS Receiver is a delicate, static-sensitive device requiring proper voltage
  • Observe proper anti-static techniques when handling them.
  • Disconnect all power before connecting or disconnecting the module to a circuit.
  • Do not reverse polarity of the power connections, it could destroy the device.


Symbol Description Minimum Typical Maximum Units
VCC Supply Voltage 3.3 5.0 5.5 V
ICC Supply Current 35 40 60 mA
GND Ground reference connection - 0 - V
VIH Signal high (input) 2.4 3.3 5.0 V
VOH Signal high (output) 2.4 3.3 3.3 V
VOL Signal low (output) -0.3 GND 0.3 V

Module Dimensions

Board Size ST-00058.jpg

Pin Definitions

Pin Name Type Function
1 GND Ground Ground (0 V)
2 VCC Power Power Supply
3 RX Input Receive command
4 TX Output Sends out GPS data
5 RST' Input Resets the GPS receiver (Active Low)

SiRF III Chipset Features

GPS Receiver
Chipset SiRF GSC3e/LP
Frequency L1, 1,575.42 MHz
Code C/A Code
Protocol NMEA 0183 v2.2
Default: GGA, GSA, GSV, RMC
Support: VTG, GLL, ZDA SiRF binary and NMEA command
Available Baud Rate 4,800 to 57,600 bps adjustable
Channels 20
Flash 4 Mbit
Sensitivity Tracking: -159 dBm
Cold Start 42 seconds average
Warm Start 38 seconds average
Hot Start 1 second average
Reacquisition 0.1 second average
Accuracy Position: 10 meters, 2D RMS 5 meters
Velocity: 0.1 m/s
Time: 1 us synchronized to GPS time
Maximum Altitude 18,000 meters
Maximum Velocity 515 meters/second
Maximum Acceleration 4 G
Update Rate 1 Hz
Datum WGS-84
I/O pins 2 serial ports (only one available)
DC Characteristics
Power Supply 3.3 Vdc +- 5%
Backup Voltage 2.0~3.6 Vdc +- 10%
Power Consumption Acquisition: 42 mA
Tracking: 25 mA
Environmental Range
Humidity Range 5% to 95% non-condensing
Operation Temperature -30 C to 85 C
Storage Temperature -40 C to 125 C

GPS Active Antenna Specification (Recommendation)

  • Frequency: 1575.42 + 2MHz
  • Axial Ratio: 3 dB
  • Typical output Impedance: 50Ω
  • Polarization: RHCP
  • Amplifier Gain: 18~22dB
  • Typical Output VSWR: 2.0 Max.
  • Noise Figure: 2.0 dB Max Antenna Input
  • Voltage: 2.85V (Typically)

Typical Application

Connect to a 3.3V or 5V microcontroller. ST-00058-connection.png

Application Samples

Please find the source code link from "Resources and Downloads"

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Resources and Downloads