Thumb-sized 32-bit GPS/GNSS dev board seeks crowdfunding

Julien Happich -December 30, 2013

Fabless GNSS positioning technology company SkyTraq Technology is undertaking a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to explore if there is sufficient interest in applying GPS/GNSS processor technology beyond the standard GPS/GNSS chipset/module solutions.

The company plans to offer NavSpark, a thumb-sized, 32-bit microcontroller development board with GPS/GNSS receiver as onboard peripheral, at a price approaching that of 8-bit microcontroller development boards. Effectively, the GPS/GNSS receiver would be provided to users free of charge.

The company is seeking $27,000 in funding by February 6, 2014.

The board integrates SkyTraq’s 7x7mm QFN56 Venus822 quad-mode GPS/GNSS processor, designed to simultaneously process 34 GPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS / SBAS signals in parallel. Without using GPS/GNSS function, all the 100MIPS RISC/FPU processing power and 1MByte Flash + 212Kbyte RAM memory capacity are available for user applications. When just using GPS single-mode, GPS/GLONASS, or GPS/Beidou dual-mode, the remaining MIPS and memory still far exceeds what’s available on similar small, low-cost development boards on the market, according to the manufacturer.

The board comes with a customized Arduino IDE with an integrated GPS SDK.

With the average price of different model variants plus active antenna in the range of 15 to 20$, NavSpark’s goal is to provide the makers with an alternative development board that is small yet powerful and with location-sensing capability.

For higher volume projects and after rapid prototyping using NavSpark, volume usage can later change to the lower cost 10x10x1.3mm Venus838FLPx module, a miniaturized LGA version of NavSpark.

NavSpark development board with GPS/GNSS receiver information page

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This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.

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