Fujitsu Rolls Out Compact AGPS/GPS Module for Mobile Devices

9/21/2005 - Fujitsu Media Devices (FMD) and Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) are introducing a new compact AGPS/GPS module suitable for mobile devices. The small size makes it ideal for incorporating within products such as mobile phones and other portable equipment, where it may be used under any network environment. Demo samples are currently available, with volume production planned for October 2005.

This ultra compact device of just 10.9mm 9.1mm 1.4mm, with a low power consumption of 180mW in Search mode, or 0.1mW in Deep Sleep mode (when TCXO is turned off), and high receiver sensitivity of under -150dBm, has been achieved through Fujitsu proprietary techniques in conjunction with e-Ride Inc., a leading provider of GPS/AGPS IP, AGPS servers and GPS reference networks.

In response to the rising demands for the inclusion of AGPS functions within mobile phones, Fujitsu Media Devices develops and offers AGPS modules for precisely this purpose. The company already designs and provides both Wireless LAN and Bluetooth Modules, and is particularly expert in the production of compact, low power modules for mobile devices.

This new GPS/AGPS device has been developed utilising the knowledge gained from FMD's design & miniaturisation techniques for wireless modules. All components necessary for the GPS functions (including TCXO) are built-in.

The new module can operate in Autonomous, MS-Assisted (Mobile Station assisted) and MS Based (Mobile Station based) operating modes. It functions in the temperature range of -20C to + 85C.

This product will be supported in Europe by Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe and compliments Fujitsu's existing portfolio of ASSPs for the AGPS/GPS marketplace, which already includes high sensitivity solutions for autonomous and assisted modes. For enquiries, please contact

About Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of semiconductor and display products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking and industrial markets. Engineers from design centres dedicated to microcontrollers, mixed-signal, wireless, FRAM, multimedia ICs and ASIC products work closely with FME's marketing and sales teams throughout Europe to help satisfy customers' system development requirements.

This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP and building blocks as well as leading-edge Plasma Display Panels.

About Fujitsu Media Devices
Fujitsu Media Devices (FMD) has established itself as a leading supplier of SAW filters and SAW duplexers and of voltage-controlled oscillators for mobile communication devices, by utilising unique high-density processing, high-frequency, and other technologies, and by taking advantage of the properties and capabilities of piezoelectric single crystals. FMD supplies mobile phone manufacturers around the world with various SAW devices for mobile communications, particularly those used in the RF circuits of mobile phones.

The demand for smaller and slimmer devices is particularly strong for use in modules and Fujitsu Media Devices has responded to this demand by reducing the thickness of the dual-filter SAW devices used for dual-band communications to the same thickness as single-filter devices (0.5mm) FMD also offers small-size modules that comply with the W-LAN and Bluetooth international standards. In addition, the company is working to develop new fields (including automotive applications) by focusing on various sensors (angular rate, acceleration, and pressure) using new MEMS processing technology.

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