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|Atmel and u-blox Provide New Indoor-Capable GPS Signal Tracking
Technology for Handheld and Automotive Products|
Heilbronn, Germany, and Thalwil,
Switzerland, June 14, 2005. . . Atmel® (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of
advanced semiconductor solutions, and u-blox AG announced today the availability of a new GPS weak signal tracking
technology, called SuperSense™, supporting Atmel’s ANTARIS™ GPS chipsets and GPS modules from u-blox.
new GPS software, accurate GPS navigation becomes possible in building interiors, deep urban canyons, covered roads
and other locations where GPS reception has previously been impossible. Previously such areas prevented effective
GPS navigation due to systems’ inability to effectively receive faint GPS tracking signals.
SuperSense targets mass-market, automotive and handheld, FCC E-911 Phase II-compliant GPS product
applications. Of particular benefit is the high sensitive dynamic navigation performance of existing and future
ANTARIS-based chipsets from Atmel and modules from u-blox. Because of ANTARIS SuperSense-based products’
sensitivity, antennas can be moved to a vehicle’s interior, allowing products with integrated antennas mounted in
glove compartments and under seats, thus reducing automotive GPS installation costs when compared with systems
requiring a separate, external antenna.
The ANTARIS GPS engine, jointly developed by Atmel and
u-blox, is also ideal for indoor GPS reception. The 16-channel ANTARIS features 8,192 simultaneously operating
time/frequency search windows. This substantially improves acquisition sensitivity for stand-alone and A-GPS
operation, enabling satellite search and position calculation in previously GPS-dead areas. SuperSense combines
superior tracking sensitivity beyond -158 dBm, low power consumption and high navigation performance. It is
available as beta release when purchasing the SuperSense Evalkit or the TIM-LH GPS module. It will support the
complete ANTARIS GPS portfolio from Atmel as well as TIM-LH modules from u-blox.
ANTARIS chipset (ATR0600, ATR0610, ATR0620) uses external Flash memory to control u-blox’s SuperSense. The complete
GPS electronics module provides exceptional tracking of weak signals and can be integrated into a single platform
applicable to multiple products thus eliminating redesign of critical RF electronics.
arrival of SuperSense adds a new dimension of competitiveness to our ANTARIS GPS solutions,” said Uwe Barthelmes,
Atmel’s marketing director for communications products. “It’s another example of the excellent cooperation between
Atmel and u-blox.”
“Since its introduction last year, SuperSense continues providing superior GPS
sensitivity to our customers’ products,” adds u-blox CEO Thomas Seiler.” We are pleased to deliver leading GPS
positioning technology to the market. We are glad that we partner so successfully with Atmel.”
For more information about the ANTARIS Chipset, please contact Atmel. For further information on TIM-LH GPS
modules and SuperSense, please contact u-blox.
Jueves, 16 Junio, 2005 - 07:35