Fastrax Introduces iTrax100 Receiver with Sony CXD2951 GPS Chipset

8/18/2005 - Fastrax Ltd., a leading provider of programmable OEM GPS receivers and open, portable OEM GPS Software Development Kit environments, announced the company's first receiver utilizing the Sony CXD2951 GPS chipset.

The new iTrax100 is a versatile receiver for all devices that utilize basic GPS location data over the industry-standard NMEA protocol. With a footprint of only 16 x 19 mm, the single-chip iTrax100 is packaged as an ultra-small surface-mounted module. The receiver is designed for demanding navigation tasks in which high performance and low cost are key issues.

"The new iTrax100 is the ideal choice for customers requiring an NMEA-only type receiver. With its high performance and economical form factor, the iTrax100 is the perfect complement to our existing line of fully programmable OEM GPS receivers. We are pleased to be able to offer our customers a wider choice of high-performance GPS products to suit their manufacturing needs," said Matti Räty, President, Fastrax Ltd.

A state-of-the-art signal-processing architecture enables quick acquisition and reliable performance in difficult environments. Typical Cold Start Time to First Fix (TTFF) for the receiver is 45 seconds. The navigation capabilities of the iTrax100 are augmented by support for WAAS and EGNOS services.

The iTrax100 is very easy to use. The interface pins carry all necessary signals for enabling typical "NMEA machine" applications. The user needs only to connect the main power supply and battery backup supply to make the receiver functional. Low power mode is achieved simply by removing the main power supply at any time. The receiver will resume normal operation once the main power supply is reconnected.

Key features of the iTrax100 receiver include:

The iTrax100 is available immediately from Fastrax distributors worldwide. For evaluation kits, please contact Fastrax local distributors or

The Fastrax iSuite 3 Software Development Kit (SDK) supports Sony CXD2951 and CXD2956+CXA3355 GPS chipsets and will be available during the second half of 2005. The new iSuite 3 SDK version has also been licensed to Sony Corporation.

Fastrax will be exhibiting at the ION GNSS conference from September 14th to 16th 2005, at Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA (Booth #412/414).

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 Group, a leading global supplier of sporting goods equipment. More information:

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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