I would like to know if it is possible to directly connect the ublox NEO-6Q GPS with the Raspberry Pi 2B.

I have found videos of people connecting the GPS to a raspberry pi but they use a module to do it.

Is it possible to directly connect, or do I have to use some kind of module to do it?


You can use the GPS chip directly, but you will need to do a lot of micro-soldering to get all the connections done on the chip. If you are not experienced at soldering, you can easily damage or destroy the chip with the heat from soldering. A module has the soldering part already done for you, and you only have 4 electrical connections to make to the Raspberry Pi with jumper cables that you just press in. If you really want to be soldering this chip, here is the datasheet for it. Pin assignments are on pages 12 and 13.

  • Just for clarity: There are 12 connections along the longest edge of that chip, which is about the width of my index finger (16mm). It's just about feasible to solder to those, but it's not a lot of fun. +1 for 'buy a breakout board'. – goobering Jun 15 '16 at 17:19

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