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Fastrax Extends Its Line of Sony-Based OEM GPS Receivers with New iTrax100


Fastrax Ltd., a leading provider of programmable OEM GPS receivers and open, portable OEM GPS Software Development Kit environments, announced the company’s first receiver utilizing the Sony CXD2951 GPS chipset.

The new iTrax100 is a versatile receiver for all devices that utilize basic GPS location data over the industry-standard NMEA protocol. With a footprint of only 16 x 19 mm, the single-chip iTrax100 is packaged as an ultra-small surface-mounted module. The receiver is designed for demanding navigation tasks in which high performance and low cost are key issues.

“The new iTrax100 is the ideal choice for customers requiring an NMEA-only type receiver. With its high performance and economical form factor, the iTrax100 is the perfect complement to our existing line of fully programmable OEM GPS receivers. We are pleased to be able to offer our customers a wider choice of high-performance GPS products to suit their manufacturing needs,” said Matti Räty, President, Fastrax Ltd.

A state-of-the-art signal-processing architecture enables quick acquisition and reliable performance in difficult environments. Typical Cold Start Time to First Fix (TTFF) for the receiver is 45 seconds. The navigation capabilities of the iTrax100 are augmented by support for WAAS and EGNOS services.

The iTrax100 is very easy to use. The interface pins carry all necessary signals for enabling typical “NMEA machine” applications. The user needs only to connect the main power supply and battery backup supply to make the receiver functional. Low power mode is achieved simply by removing the main power supply at any time. The receiver will resume normal operation once the main power supply is reconnected.

Key features of the iTrax100 receiver include:

  • – Small form factor: 16.2 x 18.8 x 3 mm
  • – SMD Macro Component
  • – Power supply 3.0 to 3.6 V
  • – Battery backup supply 2.5 to 3.6 V
  • – Low power consumption
  • 44mA @ 3.3 V (normal mode)
  • 10uA @ 3.3 V (battery backup)
  • – Very high sensitivity:
  • 139dBm (Unaided Acquisition)
  • 150dBm (Navigation)
  • 152dBm (Tracking)
  • – Support for NMEA0183 and Sony ASCII protocols
  • – Cold Start TTFF: 45 seconds typical
  • – Based on SONY CXD2951GL-4 single chip receiver architecture
  • – WAAS/EGNOS Compatible

The iTrax100 is available immediately from Fastrax distributors worldwide. For evaluation kits, please contact Fastrax local distributors.

The Fastrax iSuite 3 Software Development Kit (SDK) supports Sony CXD2951 and CXD2956+CXA3355 GPS chipsets and will be available during the second half of 2005. The new iSuite 3 SDK version has also been licensed to Sony Corporation.

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