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Galileo-ready GPS chip featuring an acquisition performance of less than one second to be unveiled at 3GSM World Congress

Thalwil, Switzerland, 31 January 2007 – u-blox AG, the Swiss provider of GPS receiver technology, will unveil u-blox 5, a GPS and Galileo-ready chip featuring an acquisition performance of less than one second, at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, 12-15 February.

The new technology boasts an acquisition and tracking sensitivity of -160 dBm that enables indoor coverage, a 50-channel engine and a power consumption of less than 50 mW. Its energy efficiency and tracking sensitivity make it ideal for GPS-enabled mobile phones and other battery-operated portable devices that operate in difficult indoor environments like shopping malls, train stations and urban canyons.

u-blox 5’s ultra-fast acquisition time is due to its 50-channel architecture with over 1 million correlators and separate acquisition and tracking engines, capable of massively parallel searches. A built-in power management unit features a DC/DC converter that optimizes power use across a single voltage source. The chip’s ultra-low power needs ensure long battery times for PDAs, smart phones and other battery-operated handheld devices.

u-blox 5 has a fractional N clock synthesizer that supports the common cell phone reference frequencies. Moreover, u-blox’ new generation supports assisted GPS (A-GPS) services such as AssistNow and OMA/SUPL standards and exceeds performance requirements for international A-GPS standards including 3GPP TS 25.171, TIA 916 and E911 Phase II. u-blox 5 GPS receivers come in single chip and chipset packages.

A highly integrated architecture keeps costs to a bare minimum by reducing the bill of materials to as few as 17 passive external components and keeping the footprint small. The cost-optimized UBX-G5010 single chip has a 56-pin QFN package that measures a mere 8 x 8 mm. Customers who prefer chipsets with an optional Flash memory can combine the 9 x 9 mm UBX-G5000 100-pin BGA baseband chip and the 4 x 4 mm UBX-G0010 24-pin QFN RF front-end. Both the single chip and the chipset support passive antennas with their integrated low-noise amplifier.

The chips’ software contains an innovative jamming suppression mechanism that automatically filters signals from interfering sources, thus maintaining high GPS performance no matter what the environment.

A robust multipath detection and elimination mechanism endows u-blox 5 chips with best-in-class navigation in urban canyons. u-blox 5 products will be capable, via a simple software upgrade, of receiving and processing L1 Galileo signals once they become available. The combination of GPS and Galileo signals will bring even better coverage, reliability and navigation accuracy.

– About u-blox
u-blox is an international company headquartered in Switzerland, with sales organizations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1997, u-blox develops leading positioning technology, products and services based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), including GPS and Galileo, for the automotive and mobile communications markets. For more information visit www.u-blox.com.