GPS module supports ultra-compact applications

11 November 2014

OriginGPS announced the launch of the Nano Spider, which the company claims is the world’s smallest fully integrated GPS receiver.

OriginGPS announced the launch of the Nano Spider, the world’s smallest fully integrated GPS receiver. The Nano Spider module is designed to support ultra-compact applications where size is at a premium, such as smart watches, wearable devices, trackers and digital cameras.

The Nano Spider measures just 4x4x2.1mm. Its proprietary structure with a multi-level circuit for surface mounting is built to reduce footprint size.

Gal Jacobi, CEO of OriginGPS, comments the wearable technology trend requires components that balance a small size with high-performance and best-in-class power consumption. The company aims to continue to shrink the size of components, while increasing features to make adding location functionality possible for every device.

The Nano Spider continuously tracks all GPS satellites in view and provides real-time positioning data in the standard industry format defined by the U.S. National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA).

The Nano Spider offers a complete System in Package (SiP) that includes: 

• Fully integrated features – Unlike competitors’ miniature GPS modules, it includes a low noise amplifier (LNA), surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter, temperature controlled crystal oscillator (TCXO), real time clock (RTC) crystal, a power management unit, and radio frequency (RF) shielding. 

• Superior sensitivity and performance – The Nano Spider module offers accuracy of approximately one meter, achieves a rapid time to first fix (TTFF) of less than one second and tracking sensitivity of -163dBm. 

• Continuous connectivity with minimal power consumption – It achieves a state of near continuous availability by detecting changes in context, temperature and satellite signals by maintaining and opportunistically updating its internal fine time, frequency, and satellite data, while consuming microwatts of battery power. 

• Improving marginal signal conditions – It includes OriginGPS’ proprietary Noise Free Zone (NFZ) system to increase noise immunity even under marginal signal conditions, such as urban canyons, under dense foliage or a rapidly-changing receiver position.

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