Fastrax Rolls Out Ultra-Compact iTrax03-S OEM GPS Receivers

8/23/2005 - Fastrax Ltd., a leading provider of programmable OEM GPS receivers and open, portable OEM GPS Software Development Kit environments, announced the latest generation of the company's industry-leading receiver products. With its tiny form factor and ultra-low power consumption, the new Fastrax iTrax03-S receiver is ideally suited to a wide range of demanding location-based applications.

The iTrax03-S is packaged in an extremely compact 16 x 19 mm surface-mount module. The design eliminates the need for expensive and labor-intensive system and RF connectors. With fewer on-board components, device cost for manufacturers is reduced considerably. The addition of an antenna and power supply is all that is required to make the iTrax03-S operational.

The iTrax03-S has a very high navigation sensitivity of up to -153 dBm, making the receiver ideally suited for use in difficult urban canyon environments. With its ultra-low power consumption of less than 95 mW at 2.7 V, the iTrax03-S is one of the most efficient 12-channel OEM GPS receivers on the market. Power management can be configured by the user.

The iTrax03-S is fully programmable with the Fastrax iSuite Software Development Kit (SDK). The programmability of the receiver, along with its 8 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.

"Our new iTrax03-S builds on the field-proven success of our earlier GPS receivers. With a form factor no larger than a mobile phone SIM card, the iTrax03 offers an unprecedented combination of compact size, very high sensitivity and ultra-low power consumption. Moreover, extensive programmability via the iSuite SDK lowers R&D costs for device manufacturers while enabling a significantly faster time-to-market for new products," said Matti Räty, President, Fastrax Ltd.

Key features of the iTrax03-S receiver include:

The iTrax03-S is available immediately from Fastrax distributors worldwide. For evaluation kits, please contact Fastrax local distributors or

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).

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.

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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