Available now from Glyn High-Tech Distribution , the new UC430 GPS antenna module wtih integrated chip antenna from Fastrax is a complete miniature positioning engine for handheld digital devices.
Supplier of high performance GNSS receivers, software GNSS solutions and tracking systems for location-aware devices, Fastrax recently unveiled the UC430 GPS antenna module featuring a combination of a complete high-performance GPS receiver and an integrated chip antenna, all packed into a miniature form factor.
Sized at only 9.6mm x 14.0mm x 1.95mm including antenna, this low power consuming antenna module is ideal for handheld computers, digital cameras, mobile phones, asset tracking devices, and other applications with space and power restrictions.
The Fastrax UC430 antenna module maintains awareness of its location at all times, contributing to fast and convenient use of location aware digital devices.
By utilising SiRFaware technology, including the Adaptive Micropower Controller, the Fastrax UC430 antenna module autonomously activates itself periodically from stand-by, resulting in the reduction of Time To First Fix (TTFF) by up to 70%. SiRFaware is able to maintain hot-start readiness with minimal power consumption of 125 μA average current and <10 mW in TricklePower 1 Hz navigation mode to ensure uncompromised battery life.
It is the fast growing popularity of location aware features in battery operated devices that clearly increases the demand for small, compact and easy to deploy GPS designs with built-in antennas and low power consumption like the Fastrax UC430 anntena module.
“Integration of GPS features in digital cameras and the like introduces location aware features to a demanding high volume market expecting fast and reliable positioning. We believe the Fastrax UC430 antenna module is an ideal fit to these needs and an important addition to our broad portfolio of GNSS modules for all possible applications and requirements,” says Taneli Tuurnala, CEO and President of Fastrax.
The self-assisted positioning feature is based on Client Generated Extended Ephemeris (CGEE), allowing the Fastrax UC430 GPS antenna module to calculate predicted satellite positions for up to three days following the latest activation based on broadcast ephemeris data. The CGEE removes the need for expensive and time-consuming data communication required to obtain traditional A-GPS information.
Additionally, the module has future support and connectivity to optional external sensors for dead reckoning, enabling the detection of more accurate static position and movement when satellite signals are unavailable.
In handheld digital devices, antenna design and sensitivity must compensate for varying orientation. The circular radiation pattern of the Fastrax UC430 GPS antenna module's integrated chip antenna ensures signal acquisition, while the cold start acquisition sensitivity of -147dBm and tracking sensitivity of -163dBm warrant high-performance navigation.
This antenna module also contains an active jammer remover, which tracks and removes up to eight interfering signals that would otherwise decrease navigation performance.
In addition to the integrated chip antenna, the Fastrax UC430 antenna module supports optional connectivity for external antenna signal. This option allows the use of the integrated antenna as a backup, enabling the module to stay operational even if the external antenna is removed or damaged. The module supports both active and passive antennas.
Application designers benefit from easy integration and reduced development time with the Fastrax UC430 GPS antenna module. The addition of serial connection, one control signal and power supply is all that is required to make the Fastrax UC430 operational. The UC430 is an SMT module resulting in cheaper manufacturing cost as no manual soldering is required.
Engineering samples of Fastrax UC430 are available in July 2011, and volume production is estimated to start in Q4, 2011.