SkyTraq Introduces 6-in-1 Venus 8 Quad-GNSS Platform

Hsinchu, Taiwan, June 3, 2013 — SkyTraq Technology Inc., a leading fabless GNSS positioning technology company, today introduced next generation Venus 8 platform which supports GPS, GLONASS, Beidou2, Galileo, QZSS, and SBAS. The Venus 8 doubles the search engine capability and reduces more than half the power consumption from the previous generation.

The Venus 8 integrates high performance GNSS signal-processing engine, low-power 32-bit RISC, IEEE-754 compliant FPU, cache memory, real-time clock, backup RAM, LDO regulator, switching regulator, GPIO, UART, SPI, I2C, ADC and all the necessary program ROM and data RAM on-chip for direct PVT solution with NMEA output in stand-alone GNSS applications.

Using high-performance search engine and track engine architecture, the Venus 8 is capable of acquiring and tracking 167 satellites simultaneously, achieving fastest signal acquisition and TTFF in the industry. It achieves cold-start TTFF of less than 29 seconds and hot-start time of 1 second. The state-of-art performance brings satisfying user experience in all consumer GNSS applications

Having -165dBm tracking and -160dBm reacquisition sensitivity, the Venus 8 allows continuous navigation in nearly all environments, even under harsh urban canyon and highly attenuated dense foliage.

Combining high-performance 7-stage pipelined 32bit RISIC and an FPU, the Venus 8 is capable of unprecedented high update rate of 50Hz for low cost consumer high dynamics applications.

The Venus 8 has very low current consumption of 6mA under continuous navigation. The initial Venus 8 product is in 5mm x 5mm QFN40 package. Drop-in evaluation module for GPS, GPS/GLONASS, GPS/Beidou2 applications are available in popular 12mm x 16mm, 13mm x 16mm, 17mm x 22mm form factors. Venus 8 related engineering sample, datasheet, and reference design are available in June. Volume production delivery to customer begins in August, 2013.

About SkyTraq
Founded in 2005, SkyTraq Technology Inc. develops high-performance chipset solution for the consumer satellite navigation market. Its initial product is GPS centric, now with products covering GPS, GLONASS, Beidou2, Galileo, QZSS, and SBAS. For additional information, please visit