Acal BFi develops miniature GPS module
Acal BFi is now distributing the award-winning and world’s smallest GPS module from OriginGPS to the European market.The Nano Spider is a fully-integrated, highly-sensitive GPS receiver module.
Measuring only 4.1mm x 4.1 x 2.1mm and with minimal power consumption, it is ideal for smart watches, wearable devices, trackers, and digital cameras. A double-sided circuit design reduces footprint size and makes the Nano Spider 47 percent smaller than previous solutions.The module was recently awarded a prestigious Electron d’Or 2015 by the French magazine ElectroniqueS in the embedded category for its small form factor and multilayer design. The Electron d’Or 2015 award winners are chosen by an independent jury of recognised experts in the electronics industry and are selected from products released in the year leading up to the awards.“It is an honour to receive an award of such distinction for a design that exemplifies all that OriginGPS stands for,” said Gal Jacobi, CEO, OriginGPS. We are committed to providing high-quality GPS and impeccable accuracy to the small devices of our time.”“OriginGPS brings a service that is necessary for the technology of today to come to fruition,” said Matthias Beuther, European product manager, wireless products, Acal BFi. “This combination of miniscule size and tremendous power is something we are proud to bring to the European market. We congratulate OriginGPS on their recent award and believe it was well-deserved.”Offering accuracy of approximately one metre, the Nano Spider achieves a rapid time to first fix TTFF of less than one second, and tracking sensitivity of -163dBm. The module achieves a state of near continuous availability by detecting changes in context, temperature and satellite signals. By maintaining and opportunistically updating its internal fine time, frequencyThe number of complete cycles or vibrations per unit of time. Rate of alternation in an AC current. Expressed in cycles per second or hertz (Hz)., and satellite data, the Nano Spider consumes mere microwatts of battery power.The module also features OriginGPS’ proprietary Noise Free Zone NFZ system. Increasing noise immunity even under marginal signal conditions, it allows the module to provide high accuracy in dense urban areas, under thick foliage, or when the receiver rapidly changes position, says the company.