Fastrax’ GPS expertise has been integrated with MediaTek’s high performance GPS chipsets. Fastrax are providers of high performance GPS receivers and GPS software solutions for original equipment manufacturers and available through GLYN High-Tech Distribution , have recently introduced the new Fastrax UP500 module based on an ultra sensitive GPS chipset by MediaTek.
The cooperation between Fastrax and MediaTek is aimed at developing high quality GPS receivers that are specifically targeted for cost effective end-device manufacturing.
Based on the MediaTek MT3318 chipset, the new Fastrax UP500 is designed for easy and reliable mounting on customer applications. With cutting-edge technology, space requirements and integration costs are reduced to the minimum. Power supply and serial data connection are required to make the Fastrax UP500 operational, enabling short time-to-market for new applications and easy post installations in multiple applications.
With an integrated patch antenna of 18 x 18 mm and navigation sensitivity of -159 dBm, the Fastrax UP500 enables high performance navigation in stringent applications and a solid fix in harsh GPS conditions. Most important for high quality GPS functionalities is the ultra-high acquisition sensitivity of -146 dBm in cold start, which enables quick time-to-first-fix in urban blocked conditions.
The combination of small footprint, easy connectivity and low power consumption makes Fastrax UP500 an ideal solution for navigation systems, asset tracking devices and battery operated consumer products such as personal navigation devices, handheld computers, cameras, and sports accessories. In addition, Fastrax UP500 can also be used as a receiver for GPS mouse applications, due to the compact all-in-one design and easy interfacing.
Taneli Tuurnala, CEO and President, Fastrax, said that the cooperation with MediaTek enables Fastrax to support their position as a provider of multi platform GPS receivers. The extension of Fastrax product offering with the new series of GPS receivers will provide new opportunities to customers especially in Europe and US to integrate GPS into different consumer devices as well as industrial tracking products.
S.R. Tsai, General Manager of Navigation BU, MediaTek, said that Fastrax have been known for their reputation in developing quality GPS receivers. Fastrax UP500’s easy-to-deploy solution and affordable price will allow more device manufacturers to leverage the GPS function in their products.