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Unit 1 - 6115 4 St SE
Calgary AB  T2H 2H9


Unit 1 - 6115 4 St SE
Calgary AB  T2H 2H9
+1 403 282-7335


ID: 1040_0B NRND

Measure global position, velocity and heading with the Phidget GPS. Best case accuracy of 2.5m CEP.


Quantity Available: 297

Qty Price
5 $38.00
10 $36.00
25 $32.00
50 $28.00
100 $26.00
250 $24.00
500 $22.00
1000 $20.00

Note: The 1040_0B is identical to the 1040_0, except that you have the option of whether you want to include the USB cable.

The Phidget GPS provides the longitude and latitude of the board's position in signed decimal degree format. The position accuracy (best case) is 2.5m CEP (Circular Error of Probability).

The 1040 also provides altitude, heading and velocity as well as the time and date. It will also let you know when it has a satellite fix.

The PhidgetGPS has a 3V rechargeable lithium battery to provide "hot starts" by remembering its previous positions. With a live battery, the 1040 can perform a signal re-acquisition in less than 1 second. The battery provides up to 1 month of operation before having to be recharged. Recharging an empty battery takes 24 hours.


  • Get GPS position in latitude, longitude and heading delivered to your program
  • Altitude, velocity and date/time also available
  • Rechargable battery enables quick signal re-acquisition
  • Magnet mount GPS antenna and mounting hardware included

USB Cables

Use a USB cable to connect this Phidget to your computer. We have a number of different lengths available, although the maximum length of a USB cable is 5 meters due to limitations in the timing protocol. For longer distances, we recommend that you use a Single Board Computer to control the Phidget remotely.

Product Physical Properties
Part Number Price Connector A Connector B Cable Length
USB-A to Mini-B Cable 28cm 24AWG
$3.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 280 mm
USB-A to Mini-B Cable 28cm Right Angle
$3.50 USB Type A USB Mini-B (90 degree) 280 mm
USB-A to Mini-B Cable 60cm 24AWG
$3.50 USB Type A USB Mini-B 600 mm
USB-C to Mini-B Cable 60cm 28AWG
$5.00 USB Type C USB Mini-B 600 mm
USB-A to Mini-B Cable 83cm Right Angle
$4.50 USB Type A USB Mini-B (90 degree) 830 mm
USB-A to Mini-B Cable 120cm 24AWG
$4.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 1.2 m
USB-A to Mini-B Cable 180cm 24AWG
$4.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 1.8 m
USB-C to Mini-B Cable 180cm 28AWG
$6.00 USB Type C USB Mini-B 1.8 m
USB-A to Mini-B Cable 450cm 20AWG
$12.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 4.5 m


The PhidgetGPS can work well with a Phidget Spatial, because data from the two boards can be combined to give you a clearer picture of how the object in question is moving around. For example, the GPS could provide coarse data on where an object is located, and the accelerometer could be used for finer detail in movement. Additionally, the compass data could be compared to the GPS heading for increased accuracy on the direction you are facing. Here are a list of Phidget Spatials:

Product Accelerometer Gyroscope Magnetometer
Part Number Price Acceleration Measurement Max Acceleration Measurement Resolution Gyroscope Speed Max Gyroscope Resolution Magnetometer Resolution Magnetic Field Max
PhidgetSpatial Precision 3/3/3
$100.00 ± 16 g 30 μg 0.004°/s 1.5 mG ± 8 G
$40.00 ± 8 g 250 μg
Spatial Phidget
$30.00 ± 8 g 250 μg 0.07°/s 1.5 mG ± 8 G
Accelerometer Phidget
$20.00 ± 8 g 1 mg
PhidgetSpatial 3/3/3 Basic
$60.00 ± 8 g 976.7 μg ± 2000°/s 0.07°/s 3 mG 5.5 G
PhidgetSpatial Precision 0/0/3 High Resolution
$80.00 ± 2 g 76.3 μg
Spatial Phidget
$30.00 ± 8 g 200 μg ± 2250°/s 1E-05°/s 200 μG ± 8 G

Getting Started

Welcome to the 1040 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

1040 0 Connecting The Hardware.jpg
  1. Connect the GPS antenna to the 1040 GPS Phidget.
  2. Connect the Phidget to your computer using the USB cable.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the 1040!

Using the 1040

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the 1040, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.

The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines.


To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the Ph.jpg icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel

Windows PhidgetTaskbar.PNG


To open the Phidget Control Panel on macOS, open Finder and navigate to the Phidget Control Panel in the Applications list. Double click on the Ph.jpg icon to bring up the Phidget Control Panel.

For more information, take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:

Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the 1040.

First Look

After plugging the 1040 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

1040 Panel.jpg

The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.

The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.


Double-click on the GPS object labelled PhidgetGPS in order to run the example:

GPS Example.jpg

General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • GPS data will be displayed in real-time once a fix has been acquired.
  • Latitude: the current latitude position of the GPS antenna.
  • Longitude: the current longitude position of the GPS antenna.
  • Altitude: the current altitude of the GPS antenna in meters from mean sea level.
  • Velocity: the current speed over ground of the antenna in km/h.
  • Heading the current true course over ground in degrees.
  • Time and Date: the current time as transmitted by the GPS receiver.

Finding The Addressing Information

Before you can access the device in your own code, and from our examples, you'll need to take note of the addressing parameters for your Phidget. These will indicate how the Phidget is physically connected to your application. For simplicity, these parameters can be found by clicking the button at the top of the Control Panel example for that Phidget.

The locate Phidget button is found in the device information box

In the Addressing Information window, the section above the line displays information you will need to connect to your Phidget from any application. In particular, note the Channel Class field as this will be the API you will need to use with your Phidget, and the type of example you should use to get started with it. The section below the line provides information about the network the Phidget is connected on if it is attached remotely. Keep track of these parameters moving forward, as you will need them once you start running our examples or your own code.

All the information you need to address your Phidget

Using Your Own Program

You are now ready to start writing your own code for the device. The best way to do that is to start from our Code Samples.

Select your programming language of choice from the drop-down list to get an example for your device. You can use the options provided to further customize the example to best suit your needs.

Code Sample Choose Language.png

Once you have your example, you will need to follow the instructions on the page for your programming language to get it running. To find these instructions, select your programming language from the Programming Languages page.

Technical Details


The 1040 has been sized so it may be mounted directly on top of any of our Spatial Phidgets:


The 1040 does not support WAAS.

Further Reading

For more information, check out the GPS Guide.

What to do Next

  • Programming Languages - Find your preferred programming language here and learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • Phidget Programming Basics - Once you have set up Phidgets to work with your programming environment, we recommend you read our page on to learn the fundamentals of programming with Phidgets.

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By USB (Mini-USB)
API Object Name GPS
Position Data Format Signed Decimal Degree
Circular Error Probable (Best Case) 2.5 m
Velocity Error Max 100 mm/s
Timing Error Max 300 ns
Altitude Max 18 km
Velocity Max 515 m/s
Tracking Sensitivity -161 dBm
Re-acquisition Time (Hot Start) 1 s
Update Rate 10 samples/s
Electrical Properties
USB Voltage Min 4.4 V DC
USB Voltage Max 5.3 V DC
Current Consumption Max 110 mA
Backup Battery Life 1 months
Battery Charge Time 24 h
USB Speed Full Speed
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min 0 °C
Operating Temperature Max 70 °C
Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8471.80.00
American HTS Import Code 8471.80.40.00
Country of Origin CN (China)


Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Packaging Revision Comment
March 20110100Product Release, requires phidget21 libraries 2.1.8 or newer
May 20110101getLabelString fix for lables > 7 characters
January 20180101BRemoved USB cable from packaging

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