Atmel and u-blox launch ATR0625

Atmel and u-blox launch ATR0625

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Heilbronn, Germany, 23 May 2006: Atmel Corporation and u-blox AG announced on May 23 the availability of the ATR0625, a baseband IC with SuperSense GPS weak-signal tracking software included in its ROM. ATR0625 is based on the ANTARIS 4 platform which is a low-power, 16-channel GPS technology developed for automotive, handheld and mobile applications. such as OEM car navigation, mobile phones, PDAs, smartphones, personal navigation devices, and recreational consumer products.

Thanks to the integration of the well-proven SuperSense software on masked ROM, an external Flash memory becomes unnecessary. The ATR0625 is packaged in a low-cost QFN56 package and is pin-compatible with the ATR0622 ANTARIS 4 baseband IC with standard ROM software. This makes it easy for customers to enable their existing products with weak-signal tracking technology. Like all ANTARIS 4 chipsets, the ATR0625 comes with full WAAS/EGNOS support and incorporates state-of-the-art Assisted GPS (A-GPS) with a TTFF as low as four seconds.

Further ANTARIS 4 benefits include a significant chipset footprint reduction and unparalleled low power needs. The chip operates at 62 mW, but its power saving modes, together with built-in power management capabilities, can bring power consumption down to as low as 5 microamps, enabling power-critical applications like mobile devices to operate longer without having to compromise on functionality.