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GPS receiver ensures reliability in automotive apps

Posted: 20 Aug 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPS  receiver  consumer electronics  automotive 

A1088-A GPS receiver

Vincotech has beefed up its GPS receiver line-up by a variant specifically designed and manufactured to address requirements in the automotive industry. While in many areas of consumer electronics design the trend is towards further miniaturisation of devices, the key emphasis of product designs for the automotive industry is reliability and quality. In combination with the outstanding performance of a SiRFstarIII chipset Vincotech addresses these requirements with its new A1088-A.

The major feature of the A1088-A is the sole use of Automotive Electronic Council (AEC-Q) compliant components, guaranteeing the reliability standard of the module. Design and manufacture of the A1088-A is done according to ISO/TS 16949 standard, recognised and applied by automotive manufacturers, which addresses system and process quality.

In addition, Vincotech's A1088-A is completely shielded. The shield itself carries are bar code containing the module's relevant data down to a unique serial number. The module is designed for use with active antennas, reaching an acquisition sensitivity of -145dBm. A good operating environment allows "cold start" conditions to calculate a first position within less than 35s (time to first fix). In tracking mode the sensitivity goes down to -159dBm where the current draw is typically only 32mA at 3.3V. The module also features additional low-power modes where the current draw can be reduced to only 10µA. The A1088-A is specified for the complete industrial temperature range from -40°C to +85°C. The outer dimensions are 19mm x 28mm with the solder pads on the rim of the module. Therefore, a 100 per cent optical inspection can be done during assembly.

With the A1088-A and the accompanying evaluation boards, Vincotech offers fast integration of GPS technology for customers in the automotive environment by addressing the specific requirements of this industry.

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