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u-blox launches revolutionary 50-channel LEA-5 GPS module series

Press Release

Thalwil, Switzerland – November 9, 2007 – u‑blox AG, the leading Swiss provider of GPS chips, modules and services, today announced the launch of two GPS modules that set new benchmarks in terms of speed, sensitivity and ease of integration. The LEA‑5 GPS module series is based on u‑blox' fifth generation positioning engine, which boasts an acquisition performance of less than one second.

 

These versatile, stand‑alone GPS receivers combine an extensive array of features with flexible connectivity options. Their ease of integration results in fast times‑to‑market for a wide range of automotive, consumer and industrial applications with strict size and cost requirements.

 

"The LEA‑5 GPS module series brings the high performance of the u‑blox 5 positioning engine to the industry standard LEA form factor", said Karsten Tietz, u‑blox Vice President Sales EMEA. This new generation is backwards compatible and ensures our customers an easy migration from LEA‑4 module designs, with even better performance and improved cost‑efficiency."

 

u‑blox 5 offers an ultra‑fast acquisition time thanks to its 50‑channel GPS architecture with over 1 million correlators and separate acquisition and tracking engines, capable of massively parallel searches. Combined with u‑blox' AssistNow A‑GPS service, the u‑blox 5 chip and module generation acquires satellites in less than one second.

 

"These LEA‑5 modules are the fastest, most sensitive GPS modules on the market today, and thanks to their small size and low cost, they are ideally suited for use in mass market GPS‑enabled consumer devices," said
u‑blox Chief Executive, Thomas Seiler. "This breakthrough technology is yet another endorsement of the strength of u‑blox' research and development team."

 

The LEA‑5 GPS module series is lead free and has an industrial temperature range of  -40 to 85°C. Its small form factor and SMT pads allow for fully automatic assembly processes with standard pick‑and‑place equipment and reflow soldering, enabling cost‑efficient, high‑volume production.

 

The LEA‑5H GPS module comes with a Flash EPROM that enables easy firmware upgrades and set‑up configuration saving options. The ROM‑based LEA‑5S offers further cost efficiencies. Both modules feature u‑blox’ OMA SUPL compliant A‑GPS interface and support AssistNow Online and AssistNow Offline A‑GPS services.