Products for USB Sensing and Control

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ID: 1040_0B

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


Quantity Available: 955

Qty Price
5 $52.25
10 $49.50
25 $44.00
50 $38.50
100 $35.75
250 $33.00
500 $30.25
1000 $27.50

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.

Comes packaged with

  • An external active GPS antenna
  • A hardware mounting kit (4 nuts and bolts (M3), 4 plastic spacers)

Product Specifications

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

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel


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Library & Driver Downloads

Code Samples

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


You can protect your board from dust and debris by purchasing an enclosure. An enclosure will also prevent unintentional shorts caused by objects touching the pins on the bottom of the board or any terminal screws.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Material
3806_2 $7.00 Clear Acrylic

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
Image Part Number Price Connector A Connector B Cable Length
3017_1 $3.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 280 mm
3018_0 $5.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 1.8 m
3020_0 $12.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 4.5 m
3036_0 $3.50 USB Type A USB Mini-B 600 mm
3037_0 $4.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 1.2 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
Image Part Number Price Acceleration Measurement Max Acceleration Measurement Resolution Gyroscope Speed Max Gyroscope Resolution Magnetometer Resolution Magnetic Field Max
1041_0B $40.00 ± 8 g 976.7 μg
1042_0B $70.00 ± 8 g 976.7 μg ± 2000°/s 0.07°/s 3 mG 5.5 G
1043_0B $80.00 ± 2 g 76.3 μg
1044_0B $140.00 ± 2 g 76.3 μg 3 mG 5.5 G
MOT1100_0 $20.00 ± 8 g 1 mg
MOT1101_0 $30.00 ± 8 g 1 mg ± 2000°/s * 0.07°/s 300 μG ± 8 G