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Inventek Systems Formally Releases the New ISM420 SiRFstar IV™ SIP GPS Module. Ideal for Portable, Handheld, Embedded, and Consumer Applications

Billerica, MA, August 16, 2010 Inventek Systems would like to announce a new SiRFstar IV SIP GPS Receiver Module based on CSR’s latest GSD4e chip with twice the sensitivity of the SiRFstar III. Several key features about this module are

  • The module is capable of generating and storing extended ephemeris data to an external device for much
    faster hot starts in weak signal environments.
  • Built-in jamming detection and mitigation to permit fast and accurate navigation solutions in high noise
    environments.
  • Ability to use an external MEMS device for wakeup when motion is detected, thus reducing power
    consumption for tracking devices.
  • An addition 4 dB in tracking sensitivity and 5 dB navigation sensitivity over the world class SiRFstar III
    devices.
  • < 10 mW @ 1.8 volts required to maintain fixes in Trickle Power mode for the ultimate in low power
    requirements.

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Inventek Systems Formally Releases The New ISM300F2-C4.1 GPS Module
Ideal for Hand Held GPS Applications.

Billerica, MA, January 29, 2010 - Inventek Systems is releasing a new firmware build that improves cold start sensitivity by a full 3dB making it twice as sensitive as it's predecessor. In addition this build improves restart times up to 50% for applications that turn the receiver on and off to conserve power, thus extending battery life in those applications.

The ISM300F2-C4.1 is an exact pin for pin replacement for the ISM300F2-C4.0, so no changes are required for users electing to go with this package. Customers who already have the ISM300F2-C4.0 may be able to upgrade to the new firmware build.

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Inventek Systems Announces the Production Release of the Smallest Addition to their GPS Family - The ISM400F1

Westford, MA, December 15, 2008

Inventek Systems, LLC is pleased to announce the production of the ISM400F1, which offers compact size and is based on the high performance features of the SiRFstarIII GPS. The ISM400F1 comprises a 20-channel global positioning system (GPS) receiver in a compact surface-mountable module. Based on the fast and deep search capabilities of SiRFstarIII, it features high sensitivity, high gain, and low power. The ISM400F1 allows you to integrate GPS functionality into your product quickly and easily. Its small size (12.9mm X 12.9mm) makes the ISM400 perfect for compact devices. It’s suitable for a wide range of applications, including:

  • Hand-held personal positioning and navigation
  • PDAs, Pocket PCs and other hand-held computers
  • Fleet management
  • Asset tracking
  • Automatic vehicle location

Other improvements in the ISM400F1 design include SMT pads which allow for fully automatic assembly processes equipment and reflow soldering, RoHS compliant (lead-free), and an EMI/EMC metal shield. It provides lower RF emissions/ signature for FCC compliance and also optimal RF performance in noisy environments. The ISM400F1 will support both NMEA-0183 and SiRF Binary protocols.

The ISM400F1 has a tracking sensitivity of -159 dBm and an acquisition sensitivity of -142 dBm. It is capable of receiving SBAS (satellite-based augmentation system) differential corrections (both WAAS (Wide-Area Augmentation System) and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service)). SBAS improves horizontal position accuracy by correcting GPS signal errors caused by ionosphere disturbances, timing and satellite orbit errors. This can cut 2DRMS1 significantly.

Other advantages of the ISM400F1 include:

  • Ideal for compact devices
  • Flexible and cost effective hardware designed for multiple application requirements
  • Secure SMD PCB mounting method
  • Ultra-low Power
  • Multi-path Mitigation Hardware
  • TTL level serial port for GPS communications interface

Contact Inventek Systems to learn more about this revolutionary product and how it can enable you to “Invent your Tomorrow Today!”

Martin Tierney - Inventek Systems
sales@inventeksys.com
Westford, MA 01886
978-392-2202
978-692-3502 FAX




Inventek Systems Announces Custom Firmware Off-the-Shelf

Inventek Systems, March, 2008

Westford, Massachusetts -- Inventek Systems, a leading supplier of GPS (global positioning system) modules based on the cutting-edge SiRFstarIII architecture, has announced the availability of what it calls “custom firmware off-the-shelf”. According to Martin Tierney, Inventek’s vice-president of sales, Inventek’s new line of firmware dramatically reduces the time to deploy his company’s ISM300 GPS module.

Firmware is the on-board computer code that controls the module’s I/O and signal processing.

“Our firmware offerings save development time,” Tierney said. “For example, we have a version that outputs only the GGA messages of NMEA-0183. That’s the message most developers are looking for, and we save them from having to write code to identify it. That saves development time.”

NMEA-0183 is the National Marine Electronics Association’s serial protocol standard. It defines several messages that encode various types of information about the GPS satellites, latitude and longitude of the receiver, altitude, time, and so on. “GGA” is one of those messages.

“We have a similar capability for SiRF binary,” Tierney said. (SiRF makes the GPS engine for the ISM300. “SiRF binary” is their proprietary serial protocol.) “We have a firmware version with SiRF binary message 41 SBAS enabled”. (Message 41 is analogous to NMEA’s GGA message. “SBAS” stands for “satellite-based augmentation system”.) “Again, we save developers time by providing just the data they’d otherwise have to write code to identify.”

“We’re really excited about some of the applications our firmware enables,” Tierney said. “For example, we have a version that raises the operating ceiling of our module to 135,000 feet. We did that for a customer using it in a high-altitude balloon.” The usual operating ceiling for the ISM300 is 60,000 feet.

“We have other versions in the works that would be premature to mention. Stay tuned,” Tierney said.

Tierney provided this list of part numbers for his company’s firmware offerings:

Item

Part No.

Single UART build with NMEA running at 57600 Bd on port A with only GGA messages

C5-V0001

Single UART build with NMEA running at 4800 Bd on port A with all NMEA messages

C5-V0002

Dual UART build with SiRF binary message 41 SBAS enabled

C5-V0003

Single UART build with NMEA running at 4800 Bd on port B with all NMEA messages with operating ceiling of 135,000 ft.

C5-V0004

For more information, contact:

Martin Tierney, VP Sales
martint@inventeksys.com
Inventek Systems, LLC
http://www.inventeksys.com/
239 Littleton Road, Suite 4D
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 392-2202




Inventek Systems Announces a USB DONGLE with Integrated SiRFstar III GPS

Inventek Systems, November 07, 2007

ISM300F1-CX-USB_NewsISM300F1-CX-USB GPS Module with Integrated Antenna product launch

Family Description: The Inventek GPS DONGLE comes complete with an integrated USB interface and antenna. The module is based on the SiRFstar III 20-channel Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver module and offered in a 45mm x 21mm package (excluding USB connector). The module combines high sensitivity, high gain, and low power consumption. It is designed for a broad spectrum of OEM applications

Compatibility

The ISM300F1-Cx-USB is supported by a complete suite of drivers that are available on our website. The Virtual COM port (VCP) drivers allow the USB device to appear as an additional COM port available to the PC. Application software can access the USB device in the same way as it would access a standard COM port. The output is standard NMEA 0183.

Drivers are available which allow the devices to work with the following operating systems: Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows 98, Windows ME, Mac OS X (Intel), Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Mac OS 8, Linux, Windows CE.NET(ARM/XScale Processor), Windows CE.NET (x86 Processor), Windows CE.NET(Other Processors).

Applications

This module is designed for quick and easy integration into GPS-related applications - especially compact size devices - such as:

  • Hand-held Devices for Personal Positioning and Navigation
  • PDA, Pocket PC and other computing devices
  • Fleet Management / Asset Tracking
  • AVL and Location-Based Services

At Inventek Systems our top priority is to service our customers as an extension of their own organization. We take great pride in earning and developing long term partnerships as we strive to exceed your expectations.

Our expertise in GPS Modular solutions combined with a very unique and compelling business model, positions us as the premier leader in market competitive system solutions across a wide range of GPS applications.

For more information, contact:

Inventek Systems, LLC
sales@inventeksys.com
Westford, MA 01886
978-392-2202
978-692-3502 FAX




Inventek Systems Announces enhanced Navigation Performance SiRF III GPS module

Inventek Systems ISM300F1-C3 and ISM300F1-C4 product launch

The Inventek ISM300x is a 20-channel Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver module (C4 is SBAS enabled) offered in an extremely compact Surface Mount Device (SMD) module form factor The module provides high sensitivity, high gain, and low power. It is designed for a broad spectrum of OEM applications and is based on the fast and deep GPS signal search capabilities of the SiRFStarIII architecture.

Enhancements include:

Enhanced Navigation

  • Improved cross-correlation detection
  • Altered search strategy for improved weak-signal acquisition
  • Improved positioning results, particularly in transitional environments
  • Improved EGNOS

Improved Jamming Mitigation

  • Better identification and dismissal of jamming signals through enhanced Carrier Wave (CW) detection.

Improved Ephemeris Availability

  • Incremental ephemeris collection allowing quicker time-to-first-fix (TTFF)
  • Improved ephemeris collection under challenging dynamics (Movement)

Flexible Power Control

  • Improved hardware “on/off” control - 10uA mode
  • For implementations that do not include hardware “on/off” control, software can now be used to turn off the receiver

Applications
This module is designed for quick and easy integration into GPS-related applications - especially compact size devices - such as:

Hand-held Devices for Personal Positioning and Navigation
PDA, Pocket PC and other computing devices
Fleet Management / Asset Tracking
AVL and Location-Based Services

At Inventek Systems our top priority is to service our customers as an extension of their own organization. We take great pride in earning and developing long term partnerships as we strive to exceed your expectations.

Our expertise in GPS Modular solutions combined with a very unique and compelling business model, positions us as the premier leader in market competitive system solutions across a wide range of GPS applications.

For more information, contact:

Inventek Systems, LLC
sales@inventeksys.com
Westford, MA 01886
978-392-2202
978-692-3502 FAX




Inventek Systems successful launch of the new extremely small surface mount GPS receiver family - ISM300x.

INVENTEK SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES THE PRODUCTION RELEASE OF SiRF GPS MODULAR SOLUTIONS.

Westford, MA, February 27, 2007 - Inventek Systems, introduces its release of SiRFstar III GPS Modules.

Inventek Systems, LLC, a market leader in location awareness and location intelligence design and manufacturing services recently announced that the company is now a new SiRF VAM (Value Added Manufacturer). The SiRFstarII and SiRFstarIII modules are based on Global Positioning System (GPS), technology. The same technology used to guide everything from car navigation systems to handheld devices used by backpackers. Created by the U.S. military, GPS uses more than 24 satellites in orbit around the earth to provide always-on location information free of charge to any GPS receiver, anywhere in the world.

Inventek’s ISM300x Module is based on the market leading, high sensitivity SiRFstarIII chip set (GSC3x). The ISM300x is a 20-channel Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver module offered in an extremely compact Surface Mount Device (SMD) module form factor. The module provides high sensitivity, high gain, and low power. It is designed for a broad spectrum of OEM applications and is based on the fast and deep GPS signal search capabilities of the SiRFstarIII architecture with its 200,000 correlators. Benefits include Low cost, Low Power, High Sensitivity , a very unique and patent pending RF Shield to maximize performance while minimizing EMI, an 18mmx18mm design (Integrated RF connector supports and powers an external active antenna) – small but not small enough to risk significant manufacturing and test issues.

Inventek’s ISM200x Module is a very cost effective module based on market proven SiRFstarII chip set (GSC2x). The ISM200x provides plug and play 12 Channel support, low cost, and is a fully functional module. The DIP format makes manufacturing, assembly and test quick and easy for embedded applications. The module is a full featured GPS solution and maintains the technical specification of the SiRFstarII architecture. Features include Signal acquisition using 1920 time/frequency search channels, SBAS (WAAS and EGNOS) and DGPS support, Cold start under 45 seconds and is compatible with SiRFXTrac®. This module is designed for quick and easy integration into cost sensitive GPS-related applications - especially compact/portable devices such as: Hand-held Devices for Personal Positioning, recreational devices, Asset Tracking and other computing devices.

"As the GPS solutions continue to proliferate across a multitude of applications and market segments, the Inventek team with its extensive experience in developing and supporting GPS and wireless products provides an excellent avenue for customer engagements in North America," said Kanwar Chadha, Founder and Vice President of Marketing for SiRF. "We are pleased to add Inventek to our VAM program to help us accelerate the time to market for a broad range of GPS enabled products."

Inventek’s proven consultative sales and support expertise in combination with an extremely compelling development team comprised of over 100 years of experience in Complex Systems, RF, and Wireless applications development at the architectural level truly differentiates our value proposition.

From the conceptual definition phase all the way through to production qualified solutions, learn more about how Inventek can help you “Invent Your Tomorrow Today”

For more information, contact:

Inventek Systems, LLC
sales@inventeksys.com
Westford, MA 01886
978-392-2202
978-692-3502 FAX

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