Hsinchu, Taiwan, Feb 1, 2018 — SkyTraq Technology Inc., a leading fabless GNSS positioning technology company, introduces S1216F8-GI2, a NavIC + GPS/GAGAN receiver module for the emerging Indian market. It integrates L1/L5 RF front-end and baseband processor capable of receiving up to 14 L5 NavIC signals and up to 20 L1 GPS/GAGAN signals simultaneously. With currently usable 6 NavIC signals and 3 GAGAN signals, it offers a total of 18 ~ 23 usable signals for navigation compared to 9 ~ 14 usable signals with conventional GPS receivers, providing much improved accuracy in urban canyon environments with signals often blocked by high buildings.
The S1216F8-GI2 has form-factor and pinout compatible with popular 12mm x 16mm GPS receiver modules. With S1216F8-GI2, customers currently using the GPS modules can effortlessly migrate to NavIC/GPS capability by drop-in replacement and changing to L1/L5 antenna. For emerging Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications requiring NavIC/GPS capability in India, S1216F8-GI2 enables fast time-to-market for the product manufacturers.
NavIC sub-frame data output is a useful feature of S1216F8-GI2. It can output NavIC broadcast warning message related to weather alerts, forecast, and natural disasters such as cyclone, earth quack, and tsunami. A recent application example is that, in a pilot trial, ISRO is to give hundreds of NavIC Messaging Receiver to Tamil Nadu and Kerala fishermen for them to know position and receive alerts during deep sea fishing.
S1216F8-GI2 engineering sample, evaluation kit, and datasheet will be available in late February. Volume delivery to customers begins in late March 2018. S1216F8-GI2 is manufactured in factory with ISO/TS 16949 automotive certification.
Founded in 2005, SkyTraq Technology Inc. develops high-performance chipset and module solutions for the consumer satellite navigation market. Its initial product is GPS centric, and now the products cover GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NavIC, QZSS, and SBAS. For additional information, please visit www.skytraq.com.tw