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SkyTraq Introduces Ultra Low Power Venus 6 GPS / AGPS Chip

-October 29, 2007

Hsinchu, Taiwan, October 29, 2007 — SkyTraq Technology Inc, a fabless AGPS chipset company, today introduced next generation Venus 6 chip which features -159dBm sensitivity, low current consumption of ~10mA, and industry-leading time-to-first-fix (TTFF). The Venus 6 chip is ideal for consumer GPS applications ranging from handset, personal navigation, photo geo-tagging, to security tracking that requires extreme low power, very high-performance, and low-cost.

Using separate high-performance search engine and track engine architecture, the Venus 6 is capable of acquiring and tracking 65 satellites simultaneously, achieving fastest signal acquisition and TTFF in the industry. It achieves cold-start TTFF of less than 35 seconds and hot-start time of 1 second. The state-of-art TTFF performance brings satisfying user experience in all consumer GPS applications

Having -159dBm tracking and -155dBm reacquisition sensitivity, the Venus 6 allows continuous navigation in nearly all environments, even under harsh urban canyon and highly attenuated dense foliage.

The Venus 6 integrates high performance GPS signal-processing engine, low-power 32-bit RISC core, cache memory, real-time clock, backup RAM, GPIO / UART / SPI interface, all the necessary program ROM and data RAM on-chip for direct PVT solution output in stand-alone GPS applications. The chip can also be configured to operate in a hosted-mode where the GPS kernel software is completely upgradeable and future-proof.

The Venus 6 is manufactured using advanced deep sub-micron CMOS process offering performance of 90nm technology, resulting in ultra low power of 15mW under continuous navigation. The first of the Venus 6 series product is Venus 624LP, a ROM-based solution in miniature 7mm x 7mm QFN48 package. Engineering sample, datasheet, and reference design are available now. Volume production delivery to customer begins in early Q2 2008.

About SkyTraq
Founded in 2005, SkyTraq Technology Inc. develops high-performance chipset solution for the consumer satellite navigation market. Its initial product is GPS centric, with later products covering GPS, Galileo and GLONASS. For additional information, please visit

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