Mobile Devices

Broadcom Offers GNSS Location Chip with BeiDou Support

December 9, 2013By
46507_PR_Chip_BCM47531-O

Broadcom Corporation has introduced the BCM47531, a GNSS chip that generates positioning data from five satellite constellations simultaneously — GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, SBAS and BeiDou. The newly added BeiDou constellation increases the number of satellites available to a smartphone, enhancing navigation accuracy, particularly in urban settings where buildings and obstructions can affect performance. More than 226 million mobile phones were... read more

u-blox Launches EVA-7M Standalone GNSS Module

November 20, 2013By
eva-7m_o

Swiss-based u‑blox has introduced its smallest standalone GNSS positioning module, the EVA-7M. Designed for cost and space sensitive applications, the highly integrated 7 x 7 x 1.1 mm LGA module comprises all necessary components, including crystal and passives: only an  antenna is needed for global positioning capability. The module supports GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, and all SBAS augmentation systems. Based on... read more

1 Billion Smartphones with Location-Based Sensor Fusion Expected by 2016

November 14, 2013By

As smartphones embrace always-on, ubiquitous location, location-based sensor fusion will become a standard feature. ABI Research’s report, “Location-based Sensor Fusion: Companies, Technologies, and Revenue Opportunities,” outlines how sensor fusion will evolve to support indoor location and the companies best placed to succeed in this space. Location-based sensor fusion will enable the dawn of the quantified self, ambient intelligence, as well... read more

ABI Research: MEMS Sensors and Hands-Free Interfaces will Revolutionize Mobile Devices

November 11, 2013By
MDET

Accelerometers, gyroscopes, near field communications (NFC), and gesture recognition are predicted to be the big winners in mobile devices. These mobile technologies are projected to make the greatest penetration gains over the coming years, according to a recent study by market intelligence firm ABI Research. “Hands-free operation or gesture recognition is soon going to become a key differentiator in high-end... read more

Linx Releases RM Series GPS Module for Economical Positioning

November 4, 2013By
RXM-GPS-RM-angled

Linx Technologies announces its launch of the high-performance, low-cost RM GPS receiver modules. Using the built-in MediaTek MT3337 chipset, the RM module can simultaneously acquire on 66 channels and track on up to 22 channels, providing standard NMEA data messages through a UART interface. A simple serial command set can be used to configure optional features. According to the company, the... read more

FM Series GPS Receiver Module Brings High-Position Accuracy in Small Package

October 30, 2013By
RXM-GPS-FM-angled

Linx Technologies announces its launch of the self-contained, high-performance FM GPS receiver modules. At 15 x 13 millimeters in size, the MediaTek MT3339-based FM Series gives the module fast lock times and high position accuracy even at low signal levels, the company said. The module’s very low power consumption helps maximize run times in battery powered applications, such as positioning... read more

Rakon Launches Low Voltage Miniature TCXO

October 21, 2013By
rit2016c -web small

Rakon has launched the RIT2016C model TCXO for GPS applications. The RIT2016C minimizes power consumption in portable devices to extend the battery life while still delivering performance. Operating at a 1.2V supply voltage, the RIT2016C reduces power consumption even further with the additional benefit of the enable-disable mode to deliver better power management, the company said. The RIT2016C is available... read more

This article is tagged with , and posted in Mobile Devices, OEM News, Sensor Fusion

Antenna Module for Embedded LBS Receivers

October 11, 2013By

The Parsec PTA and PT active and passive antenna modules integrate seamlessly with the Telit Jupiter SE880 GPS receiver for market leading location aware applications in performance and miniaturization. The PTA/PT family delivers best-in-class linearity in the third-order-intercept point (IP3), the measure of a receiver’s critical ability to differentiate signal from noise. All PTA and PT antenna modules are based... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in LBS/Wireless News, Mobile Devices, OEM News, Product Showcase