Industrial-temp Mini PCIe GPS module ups accuracy

November 17, 2017 Rich Nass

VersaLogic has released an industrial-temperature GPS module, the G3, that provides access to multiple satellite systems. The module offers higher accuracy than previous models, for both location and timing data. Its multi-channel capability also allows better accuracy and coverage in difficult environments such as cityscape/building canyons.

The module comes at a time when the need for enhanced accuracy and precision timing data is growing in embedded computing. The G3 has time pulse accuracy that is less than 20 ns when outdoors and 0.5 seconds indoors. When combined with its ability to use multiple satellite systems simultaneously, the module becomes a valuable positioning tool.

This advanced GPS receiver provides two simultaneous receiver paths with 72-channel operation for stable satellite tracking, as well as aided startup for fast initial signal acquisition. Increased coverage is provided by support for the GPS (United States), GLONASS (Russian), Galileo (European Union), and BeiDou (China) systems. In addition to positioning and navigation applications, GPS/GNSS signals are widely used as precision time or frequency references for remote or distributed wireless communication, industrial, financial, and power-distribution equipment.

The G3's Mini PCIe format allows it to be added to a system with little impact to the system’s overall size. The G3 is compatible with a variety of popular x86 operating systems including Windows, Windows Embedded, and Linux using standard software drivers.

The G3 is designed and tested for industrial temperature (-40° to +85°C) operation and meets MIL-STD-202G specifications to withstand high impact and vibration. It is RoHS compliant, and includes VersaLogic's 5+ year production life guarantee.

Even in low OEM quantities, the G3 can be customized. Options include conformal coating, revision locks, custom labeling, customized testing and screening, etc. Available from stock, it sells for $190 in OEM quantities.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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