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Application software eases integration of GPS solutions

Posted: 14 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPS navigation software? hosted GPS applications? ARM-based processors?

u-Nav Microelectronics Corp. has launched the Install n Go reference application software, said to enable the industry's fastest and easiest integration of host-based GPS navigation software.

Based on u-Nav's Orion RX2 high sensitivity GPS receiver, the Install n Go is a full featured Windows CE host application program. It initializes the Orion RX2 GPS hardware, manages the fully ported Hosted Orion RX2 navigation software and provides a standard NMEA interface for Windows mapping software through an integrated virtual serial communication port. Compatible with ARM-based host processors, the Install n Go uses standard Windows CE drivers for serial communication to the GPS IC and control lines to the GPS subsystem. When the GPS function is not in use, the Install n Go automatically places the u-Nav Orion RX2 in sleep mode to save power and reduce host memory utilization.

"Our solution truly minimizes the integration effort of a high-performance GPS host-based solution by eliminating the complexity of device driver development and other modifications at the kernel level," said Peter Benschop, u-Nav director of worldwide software. "With this quick integration software solution, no additional GPS software porting is needed to implement a fully functional cost optimized 20-channel GPS receiver with sensitivity levels of -160dBm."

The Install n Go startup operation and user interface can be easily customized to fit the needs of different applications and markets. The reference software is demonstrated on a standard handheld device running Windows PocketPC OS. The Install n Go, Host-based Orion RX2 and the uN3010 single chip are available now.

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