Fastrax, available through GLYN High-Tech Distribution , introduces its UC324 OEM GPS receiver module, which uses the state of the art SiRF single chip receiver GSC3LT having high navigation sensitivity of -159dBm. The UC324 receiver provides low power 90mW and very fast TTFF together with weak signal acquisition and tracking capability to meet even the most stringent performance expectations.
The module provides complete signal processing from embedded GPS antenna to serial data output in NMEA (or SiRF binary) messages. The embedded antenna has good radiation gain, which leads to solid GPS signal levels. The antenna operation is optimized for 50-110mm ground plane width.
In contrast to Fastrax UC322 OEM GPS module, the UC324 has no need for copper cut out under the module; rather UC324 can be placed right on ground plane. This feature allows easy placements of other components in applications requiring dense component placement.
Small module size 10.4x30.0x4.9mm together with surface mount and reflow soldering allows easy and cost effective integration to various applications. Optimum placing of the module is symmetrically at the top edge of the mother board.
The module requires only a single power supply VDD. The UC324 module interfaces to the customer’s application via one serial port. Connectivity includes also a control input for Normal/Hibernate operation mode control. Serial data and all I/O signal levels are CMOS 1.8V compatible.
The module is available with two versions:
● SiRF ROM code version
● Early samples are provided with embedded flash version (4Mbit in GSC3LTf), which allows also evaluation with GSWLT3 firmware.