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GPS receiver claims lowest power

Posted: 21 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ATR0630? GPS receiver? ANTARIS 4? Atmel? u-blox?

Atmel Corp. and u-blox AG announced the availability of their latest GPS technology and product generation, ANTARIS 4. The single-chip ATR0630 measures 7-by-10mm and integrates a complete ANTARIS 4 GPS receiver, including ROM-based software in a 96-pin BGA package.

The small size plus 62mW low power consumption is said to make the ROM-based ATR0630 well suited for handheld and mobile applications such as cellphones, PDAs, smartphones, aftermarket navigational products and recreational consumer products. Other applications include GPS accessories for PCs, small GPS mice, Bluetooth GPS devices and other accessories equipped with GPS.

The ATR0630 supports serial EEPROM memory and features on-chip USB connectivity. The device is based on the 16-channel ANTARIS 4 product generation, which comes with WAAS/EGNOS support and provides Assisted GPS with a TTFF as low as 4s. The chip operates on 62mW but the FixNOW feature, together with built-in power management capabilities, can bring power consumption down to as low as 5A, enabling power-critical applications like mobile devices to operate longer without having to compromise on functionality.

Samples of the ATR0630 are available now in 7-by-10mm 96-pin BGA packages. Atmel and u-blox offer a complete evaluation kit.

- Janine Love

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