u-blox Launches Mobile Computer Cards

u-blox PCI-5S and PCM-5S

u-blox has announced the immediate availability of a GPS “PCI Express Mini” card. The card enables laptops, netbooks, mobile Internet devices, and “Ultra Mobile” PC OEMs to provide GPS and location-based services such as personal navigation, services/people finder, and geo-tagging.

Sales of mobile PCs with integrated GPS are projected to grow from 3 million units in 2007 to 45 million units in 2011, according to the company.

u-blox has announced the immediate availability of a GPS “PCI Express Mini” card. The card enables laptops, netbooks, mobile Internet devices, and “Ultra Mobile” PC OEMs to provide GPS and location-based services such as personal navigation, services/people finder, and geo-tagging.

Sales of mobile PCs with integrated GPS are projected to grow from 3 million units in 2007 to 45 million units in 2011, according to the company.

The PCI Express Mini Card is based on the company’s u-blox 5 positioning engine. Requiring only an external antenna, the card comes in two sizes — PCI-Express Mini Card (PCI-5S) and PCI-Express Half Mini Card (PCM-5S). The cards implement u blox’ SuperSense technology, which can track extremely weak GPS signals to -160 dBm as well as the Kick Start feature for a fast Time-to-first-Fix at weak signals, according to the company.

Proprietary anti-jamming algorithms help make the products immune to noise generated by the PC bus, mobile phones, and local electronic devices. The drivers support Windows XP and Windows Vista. A driver for the upcoming Windows 7 is in preparation. The PCI-5S and PCM-5S are now in mass production.