AIS Receiver Module GNS5851


GNS-Electronics introduces the new GNS 5851 AIS receiver module for the maritime market.
The GNS 5851 is a highly sensitive single-channel receiver, which can either be used stand-alone as a channel hopping receiver or as a chained pair to form a complete two-channel solution depending on customer needs.
The module integrates a sensitive RF frontend, signal processing and a data decoder with standard NMEA AIS output via a UART that can be easily connected to a host processor. A secondary UART is provided for module chaining.

AIS Receiver Module GNS5851



Standard AIS NMEA output
Sensitivity -117 dBm
Selectable Channel A, B or A & B (hopping)
Small outline 26x15x3.3mm
Ultra-Low power consumption : 20 mA
Frame decode indicator output
Easy to mount stamp-hole PCB design
Evaluation Board with USB bridge available


Maritime safety
Shore/Harbor equipment
Data loggers for internet based online 
marine tracking systems



AIS Receiver Module GNS5851



AIS Receiver Module GNS5851



GNS 5851 is a high performance single channel receiver for the marine Automatic Identification System (AIS). It receives the Marine Band channels 87B (Ch. A) and 88B (Ch. B) at 161.975 MHz and 162.025 MHz respectively and can be configured to statically receive either channel or to automatically hop between channels. Two GNS 5851 can be chained to form a continuous two-channel AIS receiver if necessary.

Only an appropriate power supply of 3.3V and a suitable antenna must be connected for operation, no external clocks are required.

The GNS 5851 outputs all received AIS data as standard NMEA messages via its UART at 115200 baud using 3.3V levels.

Main UART Interface details

GNS 5851 must be connected to the host system via a UART Interface.

Transmission protocol is industry standard NMEA 0183 using VDM sentences for received vessel data, see for reference.

I/O levels are 3.3V (see electrical data), baud rate is either 115200 bps or 38400 bps using 8 data bits, one stop bit and no parity (‘8-N-1’). The baud rate for the hopping receiver can be selected via the Mode Selection bits (see §5.4), the 
master/slave combination is fixed at 38400 bps..

The idle state of the UART lines is positive voltage. To interface a standard RS232 UART (e.g. a PC serial interface), please add an inverting level shifter. To interface processors that have a different interfacing voltage level, level shifters are required.

 AIS Receiver Module GNS5851


You may also use the GNS5851 StarterKit to verify GNS5851 performance and test supported features.


GNS5851 AIS receiver datasheet User Manual

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