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L86

Compact GNSS Module with Embedded Patch Antenna

L86 is an ultra compact GNSS POT (Patch on Top) module with an embedded 18.4×18.4×4.0mm patch antenna and utilizes the MediaTek new generation GNSS chipset MT3333 that achieves the perfect peorformance. Designed to be compatible with Quectel GPS L80 module In the compact and unified form factor, it provides a flexible and scalable platform for migrating from GPS to GNSS. This saving-space design makes L86 the perfect module for the miniature devices. Adopted by LCC package and integrated with patch antenna, L86 has exceptional performance both in acquisition and tracking.

Combining advanced AGPS called EASY™ (Embedded Assist System) and proven AlwaysLocate™ technology, L86 achieves the highest performance and fully meets the industrial standard. EASY™ technology allows L86 to calculate and predict orbits automatically using the ephemeris data (up to 3 days) stored in internal flash memory, so L86 can fix position quickly even at indoor signal levels with low power consumption. With AlwaysLocate™ technology, L86 can adaptively adjust the on/off time to achieve balance between positioning accuracy and power consumption according to the environmental and motion conditions.

L86 supports automatic antenna switching function. It can achieve the switching between internal patch antenna and external active antenna. Moreover, it keeps positioning during the switching process.

With its tiny design, high precision and sensitivity, L86 is perfectly suitable for a broad range of M2M applications such as portable device, automotive, personal tracking, security and industrial PDA, especially suitable for special applications, like GPS mouse and OBD.

Key benefits

  • Multi-GNSS engine for GPS, GLONASS, and QZSS
  • Embedded patch antenna: 18.4×18.4×4.0mm
  • Extremely compact size: 18.4×18.4×6.45mm
  • Automatic antenna switching function
  • Support short circuit protection and antenna detection
  • Built-in LNA for better sensitivity
  • EASY™, advanced AGPS technology without external memory
  • Ultra low power consumption in tracking mode, 26mA
  • AlwaysLocate™, an intelligent controller of periodic mode
  • LOCUS, embedded logger function without the need of host and external flash
  • High sensitivity: -167dBm@Tracking, -149dBm@Acquisition
  • 99 acquisition channels, 33 tracking channels
  • Balloon mode, for high altitude up to 80km
  • Support DGPS, SBAS(WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS/GAGAN)
  • Anti-Jamming, Multi-tone Active Interference Canceller
  • PPS VS. NMEA can be used in time service
  • Support SDK command developed by Quectel

General Specifications

  1. GPS L1 Band Receiver (1575.42MHz)
    GLONASS L1 Band Receiver (1601.71MHz)
    Channel33 (tracking)
    99 (acquisition)
    C/A code SBASWAAS,EGNOS MSAS,GAGAN
  2. Horizontal Position Accuracy
    Autonomous<2.5 m CEP
  3. Velocity Accuracy
    Without aid<0.1 m/s
  4. Acceleration Accuracy
    Without aid0.1 m/s²
  5. Timing Accuracy
    1PPS out10ns
  6. Reacquisition Time< 1 s
  7. TTFF@-130dBm with EASY™
    Cold start< 15s Warm start< 5s Hot start< 1s
  8. TTFF@-130dBm without EASY™
    Cold start< 35s Warm start< 30s Hot start< 1s
  9. Sensitivity
    Acquisition-149dBm Tracking-167dBm Reacquisition-161dBm


  1. Environmental
    Operating Temperature-40°C to +85°C Storage Temperature-45°C to +125°C
  2. Dynamic Performance
    Maximum AltitudeMax. 18000m Maximum VelocityMax. 515m/s Maximum Acceleration4 G
  3. Dimensions18.4 × 18.4 × 6.45 mm
  4. Weight7.6g
  5. Interfaces

    1. Serial Interfaces UART: Adjustable 4800~115200 bps Default: 9600bps
    2. Update rate1Hz (default), up to 10Hz
    3. I/O Voltage2.7V ~ 2.9V
    4. Protocols NMEA 0183 PMTK

    Power Management

    1. Power supply3.0V ~ 4.3V
    2. Power Acquisition30mA
    3. Power Tracking26mA
    4. Power Saving 3.5mA @ AlwaysLocate™ 7uA @ Backup Mode 1mA @ Standby Mode Periodic Mode
L86 - Compact GNSS Module with Embedded Patch Antenna

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PowerGPS 2.3.5 MTK's tool for the GNSS modules (2.6 MB)
Quectel GNSS EVB Micro-USB Driver CP210x (3.5 MB)
Firmware L86NR02A01S (1.1 MB)
Flashtoolv 4.0 (765.9 KB)
CP210x Windows Drivers (6.8 MB)

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