Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT


Hardware-controlled GPS solution

16 May 2012 Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

Adding to the family of easy-to-use SimpleLink connectivity solutions, Texas Instruments has introduced the SimpleLink GPS CC4000 – the company’s first broadly available GPS solution.

The self-contained module minimises complexity synonymous with adding GPS functionality to products. For example, the push-to-fix function is hardware-controlled through a single general purpose input and output (GPIO); engineers can simply switch on the GPIO to receive National Marena Electronics Association (NMEA) strings containing location, time and velocity information.

The solution operates with any microcontroller (MCU) or microprocessor (MPU) while sporting a sub-100 mm² form factor. As a result, it is relevant for applications such as asset tracking, industrial M2M, sports and fitness, and precision timing.

The SimpleLink GPS CC4000 delivers better than 2,5 metre accuracy and pulse-per-second output functions to provide precise location and timing data. Its ‘watchful-eye’ feature uses the solution memory for automatic reuse of previously decoded satellite information to deliver fast time to first fix (TTFF) and optimisation of the overall system power consumption.

The highly precise timing capabilities driven by this solution also open up power-efficient MCU-based use case possibilities, creating compelling end experiences. For example, highly accurate scheduling can kick off a marketing campaign by displaying event messages on multiple electronic signs at one specified time. For applications requiring time-stamped records such as banking systems or the recording of industrial system failures, the exact time can be recorded down to a fraction of a microsecond.



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