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RF Micro Devices announces availability of GPS receiver for asset tracking, telematics & automotive navigation products

RF Micro Devices, Inc., a provider of proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits for wireless communications applications, has announced the availability of its first global positioning system (GPS) receiver designed for asset tracking, telematics and automotive navigation products.

The RF8000 is a low-cost, fully integrated, plug-and-play 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver module that simplifies product design and implementation, helping OEMs quickly design turnaround GPS solutions. By using a rapid acquisition module, the RF8000 features highly accurate rapid time to first fix (TTFF) and signal reacquisition.

The RF8000 receiver processes signals from all visible GPS satellites and provides a highly accurate, smoothed navigation solution, which is relatively immune to position jumps that occur when fewer satellites are monitored. Designed to withstand harsh industrial environments, the GPS receiver’s RF front end is manufactured using silicon germanium (SiGe), providing excellent receiver sensitivity and enabling the device to perform robustly in situations where extreme vehicle movement or high signal blockage are concerns, such as dense urban areas. The GPS receiver has a very small footprint, measuring 38 x 38mm, requiring minimal board space.

The RF8000 is available now and is priced at $40 in quantities of 10,000 units. RFMD also offers a GPS evaluation kit, which includes a GPS evaluation unit, an active GPS antenna, power/PC cables, evaluation software and full documentation.