FICOSA demonstrated a telematic unit integrating a multi-service antenna module for positioning and satellite navigation supporting all the geographic positioning standards at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.
The major advantage of this technological innovation is that the proposed multi-channel GPS/Galileo/GLONASS/BeiDou/QZSS receiver allows tracking across all the different navigation and positioning satellite standards worldwide, so that automakers can the having to manage different variants of in-vehicle telematic units (iVTUs) depending on the geographical market. iVTUs are needed for emergency call function, fleet management, and other functions. It incorporates an OriginGPS antenna.
The new module is a complete system-in-package featuring miniature surface mount device technology footprint designed to commit unique integration features for high volume, low power and cost-sensitive applications.
In addition, the reduced size of the receiver module makes the most of a stacked-up in board integration through miniaturized integrated circuits and surface mount devices, allows an aggressive reduction of the iVTU packaging, which is advantageous for the OEM for car assembly, iVTU localization inside the vehicle, and weight reduction.
The innovation represents the result of the international collaboration between FICOSA and OriginGPS. “We view the telematics market as a growing market and it is our privilege to cooperate and partner with Ficosa and its excellent engineering team,” said Haim Goldberger, CEO and founder of OriginGPS.
“In FICOSA, innovation and technology are two main tools for our future and working with OriginGPS is a great issue,” said Jose María Forcadell, Advanced Communications Business Unit Director at FICOSA.