Fastrax Upgrades SiRFstarIII-based iTrax300 OEM GPS Receiver

Fastrax Ltd., the provider of open and portable iSuite OEM GPS Software Development Kit environments and programmable iTrax OEM GPS receivers, announced upgrades to the iTrax300, the company’s industry-leading OEM GPS receiver.

The iTrax300 OEM GPS receiver module enables high-performance navigation in the most stringent applications and a solid fix even in demanding GPS environments. iTrax300 receivers are ideally suited for both industrial navigation systems and battery operated consumer products such as handheld computers, vehicle navigation devices, sports accessories and mobile phones.

The Fastrax iTrax300 module will be upgraded with the new SiRF GSC3e/LP chip, which reduces typical power consumption by approximately 35% down to 110mW. The new chip is pin compatible with the previous SiRF GSC3 chip, necessitating no changes to the operation and interfaces of the iTrax300 GPS module.

Simultaneously with the chip upgrade, the firmware of the iTrax300 receiver will be upgraded for several enhancements in navigation and robustness. With the new firmware version 3.2.4, navigation sensitivity will be improved to -158dBm and acquisition sensitivity to -143dBm.

“The iTrax300 receiver is generating significant interest among OEM companies around the world. To answer this growing demand, we are introducing these hardware and firmware updates as requested by our customers. Featuring 100% pin compatibility with the previous version, the new iTrax300 receivers will provide an unbeatable combination of even lower power consumption and enhanced navigation performance,” said Mr. Matti Räty, President and CEO, Fastrax.

The upgraded iTrax300 receiver modules will be available during the first quarter of 2007 from Fastrax distributors worldwide. Product naming of the iTrax300 family will remain unchanged.

About Fastrax Ltd
Fastrax provides industry-leading receivers and software solutions for optimal utilization of GPS (Global Positioning System) and other GNSS location services (Global Navigation Satellite Systems). Fastrax transforms GPS technologies into highly scalable iTrax and iSuite solutions with open interfaces, combined with ultra low power consumption and miniature hardware design. With industry-leading performance, Fastrax GPS receivers navigate continuously even in extreme conditions. Receivers are ideally suited to both industrial location applications and high-volume consumer products such as cell phones and sports accessories. Fastrax Engineering Services provide expert services in application design. Headquartered in Finland and founded in 1999, the company is privately owned and backed by leading venture capital investors CapMan, Eqvitec, Startupfactory and Innocap, with a strategic investment by Suunto Corporation, a subsidiary of Amer Sports, a leading global supplier of sporting goods equipment.

Global Positioning System (GPS) is a worldwide satellite navigation infrastructure funded and controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense, originally developed for U.S. military purposes. GPS provides satellite signals that enable GPS receivers to calculate their exact position and velocity. The GPS infrastructure has three segments. The space segment consists of 24 satellites that orbit the earth every 12 hours. The control segment consists of tracking stations located around the world, with the master control station located at Falcon Air Force Base in Colorado. The user segment consists of GPS receivers and users utilizing the information provided by the system. GPS is widely used in applications such as marine navigation.