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u-blox tool adds GPS to handheld apps

Posted: 30 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPS module? handheld applications? accurate positioning engine?

u-blox has launched a miniature GPS module designed for high-volume, mass-market applications that require fast, accurate positioning at a low cost. The standalone NEO-5Q GPS module combines an array of features with flexible connectivity options in a miniature 12mm x 16mm x 2.4mm package. The ROM-based architecture does not require an external flash EPROM, making the NEO-5Q suitable for high-volume consumer products with strict cost and size constraints.

Based on u-blox' fifth generation positioning engine, u-blox 5, the module provides an acquisition performance of one second and an engine with 50 channels and over one million correlators capable of simultaneously tracking GPS and Galileo signals.

The NEO-5Q GPS module also features u-blox' new KickStart ultra-fast weak signal acquisition technology to ensure fast positioning regardless of signal positions and antenna size. The module's serial peripheral interface (SPI) enables an external serial EEPROM to store unlimited start-up configuration settings. The module's ease of integration enables fast time-to-market for a wide range of consumer and industrial applications, said u-blox.

- Gina Roos

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