Sunnyvale, Calif.Trimble has introduced the Copernicus II GPS receiver, a thumbnail-sized, surface-mount, high sensitivity module that features major advancements in signal tracking for applications working in poor signal environments and a high-sensitivity stationary timing mode for time synchronization.
With its higher sensitivity, performance and faster startup times, the Copernicus II GPS module enables system integrators to easily add Global Positioning System (GPS) capability to a mobile device with minimal impact on its size or battery life at a very economical price.
The Copernicus II GPS module provides position, velocity and time data. The receiver features Trimble patented software technology that provides faster startup times and even higher performance in foliage and urban canyon environments. Compatible with active or passive antennas, the Copernicus II GPS receiver can be used in portable handheld, battery-powered applications such as Bluetooth appliances, sport accessories, personal navigators or cameras, computer and communication peripherals as well as vehicle tracking, navigation, and security products.
Copernicus II is a complete 12-channel GPS receiver in a 19mm x 19mm x 2.5-mm shielded module. The small, thin, single-sided receiver is packaged in tape and reel for pick and place manufacturing processes. It features a 28 reflow-solderable edge castellation interface so the module can be incorporated in a product design without costly I/O and RF connectors.
With version 3.0 firmware, the ultra-sensitive Copernicus II GPS receiver can generate position fixes with accuracy in challenging environments and under poor signal conditions (down to -160dBm). The receiver consumes typically 120 milliwatts at full power with continuous tracking.
The Copernicus II GPS module is available in three protocols. Trimble's TSIP protocol offers control over receiver operation and provides detailed satellite information. The TAIP protocol is an ASCII protocol designed for track and trace applications. The bi-directional NMEA 0183 v3.0 protocol offers industry standard data messages and a command set for easy interface to mapping software.