Micro-Modular Technolgies Joins SiRF Club

MN5010HS

A convergence of a relatively new Singapore-based company, Rockwell semiconductor engineering background, and SiRF Technology’s SiRFstarIII will produce a new family of OEM GPS receivers from Micro Modular Technologies (MMT).

By incorporating the SiRF module, the MN5010HS GPS receiver module represents a departure from MMT’s use of GPS technology from u-Nav Microelectronics (now Atheros Communications GPS business unit). Established in 2005, MMT has also joined the roster of SiRF Technology value added manufacturers (VAMs).

A convergence of a relatively new Singapore-based company, Rockwell semiconductor engineering background, and SiRF Technology’s SiRFstarIII will produce a new family of OEM GPS receivers from Micro Modular Technologies (MMT).

By incorporating the SiRF module, the MN5010HS GPS receiver module represents a departure from MMT’s use of GPS technology from u-Nav Microelectronics (now Atheros Communications GPS business unit). Established in 2005, MMT has also joined the roster of SiRF Technology value added manufacturers (VAMs).

The MN5010HS measures 10 x 10 x 1.8 millimeters, including an input LNA, all RF and baseband processing, TCXO, reset circuits and real-time clock with on-board crystal. It will operate with either active or passive antennas.

The module is available now, as is an evaluation kit, the MN5010HS-EVK, which allows the GPS receiver module to be connected to a PC via USB interface and includes test software for performance evaluation.

MMT’s current offering includes three modules based on the u-Nav technology. Another SiRFstarIII product will be announced in about three weeks, according to Kirk Brinkworth, MMT product marketing. Brinkworth and Larry Cleland, MMT’s vice-president of sales & marketing, attributed the move to the SiRFstarIII platform to customers’ requests for the well-known SiRF technology.

MMT will focus on customers looking for embedded GPS solutions, according to Brinkworth, particularly those for asset and personnel tracking both in consumer and commercial markets.

Last year, MMT opened an office in Irvine, California, which houses its engineering design center headed by Terry Dawson, who previously worked with the Rockwell/Connexant GPS group. Manufacturing of the MMT modules takes place in Thailand.

Alfred Low, MMT’s president & CEO, is also the founder and CEO of Sabre Technologies, established in Singapore in 1991 as a distributor and components rep firm to help U.S. electronics manufacturers bridge their link to southeast Asian customers. Sabre Technologies represents such companies as Fastrax, Sarantel, and InvenSense.

For additional information, contact Kirk Brinkworth at phone 949-336-7850, fax 949-336-7851, e-mail <kirk.brinkworth@micro-modular.com>, or visit the company website.

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