4 x 4 mm GPS module for wearables. portables, in distribution

August 18, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Acal BFi has the Nano Spider from OriginGPS; the miniature module makes it possible for manufacturers to bring accurate GPS to tiny devices.

Claimed as the world’s smallest GPS module, Nano Spider is a fully integrated, sensitive GPS receiver module. Measuring 4.1 x 4.1 x 2.1 mm and with low power consumption, it is suitable for smart watches, wearable devices, trackers, and digital cameras. A double-sided circuit design reduces footprint size and makes the Nano Spider 47% smaller than previous solutions.

Offering accuracy of approximately one metre, the Nano Spider achieves a rapid time to first fix (TTFF) of less than one second, and tracking sensitivity of -163 dBm. The module achieves a state of near continuous availability by detecting changes in context, temperature and satellite signals. By maintaining and opportunistically updating its internal fine time, frequency, and satellite data, the Nano Spider consumes microwatts of battery power.

The module also features OriginGPS’ proprietary Noise Free Zone (NFZ) system. Increasing noise immunity even under marginal signal conditions, it allows the module to provide high accuracy in dense urban areas, under thick foliage, or when the receiver rapidly changes position.

“OriginGPS brings a service that is necessary for the technology of today to come to fruition,” said Matthias Beuther, European Product Manager - Wireless Products at Acal BFi. “Its combination of miniscule size and tremendous power is something we are proud to bring to the European market.”

Acal Bfi; www.acalbfi.com