With a tiny form factor of only 10.4 x 14.0 x 2.6mm, the new Fastrax IT321 is the small complete 20-channel GPS receivers on the market.
The receiver is designed for devices that require a combination of small size, low power consumption, and advanced navigation performance.
Key features of the Fastrax IT321 encompass a SiRFstarIII LT chipset with ROM based firmware. The receiver is a complete OEM GPS receiver including a TCXO oscillator, Real Time Clock (RTC) and Low Noise Amplifier (LNA).
The Fastrax IT321 is designed for navigation applications such as car navigators, asset tracking devices, sports accessories and handheld battery operating devices like mobile phones, PDA’s and PND’s. The receivers have high sensitivity (-159dBm) and fast time to first fix and re-acquisition.
The Fastrax UC322 module provides complete signal processing from embedded GPS antenna to serial data output in NMEA (or SiRF binary) messages. The embedded chip antenna has good radiation gain, which leads to solid GPS signal levels. The antenna operation is optimised for 50-110mm ground plane width
“These new products are the next step in the evolution of our OEM GPS solutions. Recent developments in the mobile industry anticipate a significant increase in the demand for GPS receiver solutions in location-enabled devices, and with the Fastrax UC322 and Fastrax IT321 receivers, we are ideally positioned to address this rapidly growing worldwide market," said Mr. Taneli Tuurnala, President and CEO, Fastrax.
Concurrently with the new receivers, Fastrax also announced a revised product naming system. The previous iTrax receivers will now be called Fastrax ITxx, with xx standing for the specific model number of the receiver.
Similarly, the uPatch product line of OEM GPS receivers with integrated patch antenna will be renamed the Fastrax UPxx receivers.
The new Fastrax UC322 and Fastrax IT321 receivers are available from Glyn High-Tech Distribution as samples at the end of February 2008 and will be in mass production at the end of March 2008.