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SkyTraq unveils 6-in-1 Venus 8 quad-GNSS platform

Posted: 05 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GNSS platform? GPS? QZSS? SBAS?

SkyTraq Technology Inc. has uncloaked its next generation Venus 8 platform that supports GPS, GLONASS, Beidou2, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS. The device doubles the search engine capability and reduces more than half the power consumption from the previous generation, boasted the firm.

The Venus 8 integrates high performance GNSS signal-processing engine, low-power 32bit RISC, IEEE-754 compliant FPU, cache memory, real-time clock, backup RAM, LDO regulator, switching regulator, GPIO, UART, SPI, I2C, ADC and all the necessary program ROM and data RAM on-chip for direct PVT solution with NMEA output in stand-alone GNSS applications.

Using high-performance search engine and track engine architecture, the Venus 8 is capable of acquiring and tracking 167 satellites simultaneously, achieving fastest signal acquisition and TTFF in the industry. It achieves cold-start TTFF of less than 29s and hot-start time of 1s, noted the firm.

Having -165dBm tracking and -160dBm reacquisition sensitivity, the Venus 8 allows continuous navigation in nearly all environments, even under harsh urban canyon and highly attenuated dense foliage. Combining high-performance 7-stage pipelined 32bit RISIC and an FPU, the Venus 8 is capable of unprecedented high update rate of 50Hz for low cost consumer high dynamics applications.

The Venus 8 has very low current consumption of 6mA under continuous navigation. The initial Venus 8 product is in 5 x 5mm QFN40 package. Drop-in evaluation module for GPS, GPS/GLONASS, GPS/Beidou2 applications are available in popular 12 x 16mm, 13 x 16mm, 17 x 22mm form factors. Venus 8 related engineering sample, datasheet, and reference design are available in June. Volume production delivery to customer begins in August, 2013.

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