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Fastrax Announces New Family of iTrax03-02 OEM GPS Receivers

Helsinki, Finland (PRWEB) September 2, 2005

Fastrax Ltd., a leading provider of programmable OEM GPS receivers and open, portable OEM GPS Software Development Kit environments, today announced the new iTrax03-02 line of receivers. Featuring ultra-low power consumption and state-of-the-art functionality, yet designed with the same form factor as the company's older iTrax02 receivers, the new iTrax03-02 is the ideal upgrade for current iTrax02 users.

The Fastrax iTrax03-02 combines the industry-leading technology of the iTrax03 family with iTrax02 mechanical format and connectivity. This allows existing products using iTrax02 OEM GPS receivers to be easily updated for lower power consumption and improved iSuite firmware performance.

"With the new iTrax03-02 receiver, we are pleased to offer the perfect migration path to our existing iTrax02 customers. The ability to incorporate the state-of-the-art navigation functionality and programmability of our top-of-the-line iTrax03 receivers into an iTrax02-based device without redesigning the hardware is a great advantage to manufacturers," said Matti Räty, President, Fastrax Ltd.

As with other Fastrax iTrax03 OEM GPS receiver modules, the iTrax03-02 is one of the lowest power consuming, complete 12-channel OEM GPS receivers on the market. The new iTrax03-02 uses 30 mW less power than the earlier iTrax02. The iTrax03-02 receiver has a tracking sensitivity of as low as –153 dBm, making it suitable for extremely demanding applications and environments.

The iTrax03-S is fully programmable with the Fastrax iSuite 3 Software Development Kit (SDK). The programmability of the receiver, along with its 8 or 16 Mbit flash memory, allows custom applications to be executed on the receiver's baseband processor, eliminating the need for separate CPU and memory chips. Furthermore, the firmware and application code can be upgraded remotely when necessary.

iTrax03-02 Key Features:


iTrax02 compatible mechanics and connectivity

Small form factor: 25.9 mm x 25.9 mm x 4.6 mm

Low power consumption: 100mW @ 2.8V

Very high sensitivity: –153 dBm (Tracking)

iTALK 3 and NMEA0183 protocols

Kalman Navigation

Supports remote firmware updating

Data logger (up to 70,000 lat/lon data points with 16Mbit flash)

A-GPS support

Versatile interface ports

Support for iSUITE™ 3 Software Development Kit

WAAS/EGNOS support (4Q2005)

1 PPS support (4Q2005)

Samples of the iTrax03-02 are available immediately from Fastrax distributors worldwide. For evaluation kits, please contact Fastrax local distributors.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Fastrax is an exhibitor at the ION GNSS conference from September 14th to 16th 2005, at Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA (Booth #412/414).

Fastrax contact:

Matti Räty

President / CEO

Tel. +358 400 431 124

Fastrax agency contact:

Netprofile Tech PR

Juha Rantanen

Tel. +358 9 6812 080

About Fastrax Ltd

Fastrax provides industry-leading receivers and software solutions for optimal utilization of GPS (Global Positioning System) and other GNSS location services (Global Navigation Satellite Systems). Fastrax transforms GPS technologies into highly scalable iTrax and iSuite solutions with open interfaces, combined to ultra low power consumption and miniature hardware design. With industry-leading performance, Fastrax GPS receivers navigate continuously even in extreme conditions. Receivers are ideally suited to both industrial location applications and high-volume consumer products such as cell phones and sports accessories. Fastrax Engineering Services provide expert services in application design. Headquartered in Finland and founded in 1999, the company is privately owned and backed by leading venture capital investors CapMan, Eqvitec, Startupfactory and Innocap, with a strategic investment by Suunto Corporation, a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, one of the world's leading sports equipment companies.

More information: http://www.fastrax.fi.

Global Positioning System (GPS) is a worldwide satellite navigation infrastructure funded and controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense, originally developed for U.S. military purposes. GPS provides satellite signals that enable GPS receivers to calculate their exact position and velocity. The GPS infrastructure has three segments. The space segment consists of 24 satellites that orbit the earth every 12 hours. The control segment consists of tracking stations located around the world, with the master control station located at Falcon Air Force Base in Colorado. The user segment consists of GPS receivers and users utilizing the information provided by the system. GPS is widely used in applications such as marine navigation.

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