Atmel Corporation a global developer and fabricator of advanced semiconductor solutions, and u-blox AG, a maker of innovative GPS technology, announced recently the availability of their latest GPS technology and product generation, ANTARIS 4, which sets new standards in GPS performance, system architecture and functionality. ANTARIS
4’s advances ideally suit battery-operated products such as PDAs, mobile phones and other portable devices, as well as automotive GPS applications.
The ANTARIS 4 architecture combines ultra low power consumption with an outstanding sensitivity performance of up to -158 dBm tracking sensitivity. Enabled by Atmel’s advanced 0.18 5m CMOS technology for the ATR0621 baseband and RF-proven BiCMOS technology for the RF-frontend IC ATR0601, power consumption levels of 62 mW during 1 Hz update rate in Continuous Tracking Mode are achieved. This means a power consumption reduction of 40% compared to the previous chipset generation. The power consumption can be further reduced with the FixNow(TM) power saving mode. ANTARIS 4 also requires fewer external components, allowing for more space- and cost-efficient designs and modules. Like its predecessor, the 16-channel ANTARIS 4 engine will feature u-blox SuperSense(TM)-enabled indoor GPS, Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) and full support of WAAS and EGNOS satellites.