SkyTraq Technology Inc., a provider of GNSS positioning technology, recently introduced S1216F8-GI2, a NavIC + GPS/GAGAN receiver module for the emerging Indian market. It integrates L1/L5 RF front-end and baseband processor capable of receiving up to 14 L5 NavIC signals and up to 20 L1 GPS/GAGAN signals simultaneously. With currently usable 6 NavIC signals and 3 GAGAN signals, it offers a total of 18 ~ 23 usable signals for navigation compared to 9 ~ 14 usable signals with conventional GPS receivers. This is designed to provide improved accuracy in urban canyon environments with signals often blocked by high buildings, according to the company.
The S1216F8-GI2 has form-factor and pinout compatibility with popular 12mm x 16mm GPS receiver modules. With S1216F8-GI2, customers currently using the GPS modules can effortlessly migrate to NavIC/GPS capability by drop-in replacement and changing to the L1/L5 antenna. For emerging Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications requiring NavIC/GPS capability in India, S1216F8-GI2 is said to enable fast time-to-market for the product manufacturers.
The NavIC sub-frame data output can output NavIC broadcast warning messages related to weather alerts, forecast, and natural disasters such as cyclone, earthquake, and tsunami.
Founded in 2005, SkyTraq Technology Inc. develops high-performance chipset and module solutions for the consumer satellite navigation market. Its initial products were GPS centric, and now the products cover GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, NavIC, QZSS, and SBAS.