NavAsic Announces First GNSS Products

NavAsic Announces First GNSS Products

NavAsic Microelectronics, Inc., a relatively new startup based in Shanghai, China, has announced its first products — a GPS baseband processor, NAV1802, and an RFIC, the NAV1801.

NavAsic Microelectronics, Inc., a relatively new startup based in Shanghai, China, has announced its first products — a GPS baseband processor, NAV1802, and an RFIC, the NAV1801.

Fabricated in CMOS 0.13 μm process, the NAV1802 integrates NavAsic’s proprietary GPS engine and supports assisted GPS techniques and satellite-based augmentation systems. According to the company, the processor allows a flexible configuration of 400,000 effective correlators into 32 acquisition channels and 48 tracking channels with a reported time to first fix of less than 30 seconds and autonomous acquisition sensitivity below -145 dBm.

Packaged in quad flat no-lead (QFN) and ball gate arrays, the NAV1802 is targeted for applications such as asset management, car navigation, personal navigation device, mobile phone and other location based services. The NAV1802 will be sampled in the second quarter of this year and will be available for customer order in second half of 2008.

According to NavAsic, the NAV1801 is fabricated in CMOS 0.13um process and integrates a low noise amplifier, mixer, IF filter, automatic gain control, analog-digital converter, voltage controlled oscillator, fractional phase locked loop, and low drop-out linear regulator with a typical noise figure of less than 3 dB, and power consumption lower than 20 milliwatts.

Packaged in QFN, the NAV1801 engineering samples will be available in Q3 2008 and will be ready for customer order in the fourth quarter.

NavAsic is also willing to license GPS core technologies to baseband processors and application processors.

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Shanghai, China, NavAsic is a fabless semiconductor company that develops and markets GNSS (GPS/Galileo/Compass) products.

The co-founder and CEO is Kevin Chin, a graduate of Beijing Institute of Technology who received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in aeronautics and astronautics. He has 17 years of GPS algorithm, software and receiver system experience. He was the director of engineering at Magellan and Thales Navigation from 2000 to 2003.

Other principals include Richard Liu, vice-president of engineering, who has degrees from Tsinghua University of China and received his MSEE and MBA degrees from University of Maryland, has eighteen years of ASIC development and engineering management experience.
Albert Xue, the third co-founder and vice-president of RF design, graduated from Tsinghua University of China and received his MSEE degree from Michigan State University. He has 19 years of RF/analog/mixed-signal IC design and engineering management experience, including GPS RFICs.

More details can be found at the company website.

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