Hi, exactly which Drotek M8N & Compass modules have an external LNA+SAW? I mean not the one integrated into the NEO-M8N module already, but additional LNA & filter similar to the GSG Shop PRO modules (http://www.csgshop.com/product.php?id_product=211).
The published descriptions of the following products mention “Front-end (LNA+SAW) […]”:
The reason why we added an LNA+SAW front-end is because the patch + ground plane are quite small on this module, so the front-end brings better signal to the u-blox chip. In addition it helps filtering out unwanted signal and introduces very-low noise.
U-blox chips have already built-in LNA+SAW, but some users prefer to have an additional one. So basically we have two designs :
one with a front-end
one with a Faraday case to shield against EMI
The use of an active antenna must also be considered as the LNAs present in such devices are very low-noise. Again, there is no point in amplifying a lot if you are also introducing a lot of noise.