OriginGPS Announces New SiRFstar V GPS/GNSS Modules

By Mike Ball / 28 Oct 2016

OriginGPS GNSS ModuleOriginGPS, a manufacturer of miniature Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) modules, has announced the launch of three new products built on the flash-based SiRFstar V from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The company’s new modules are designed for use in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), providing features such as low-latency velocity and position outputs and 5 Hz position updates.

The Multi Hornet and Multi Micro Hornet offer drone OEMs a choice between 10×10 mm or 18×18 mm integrated, high-performance patch antennas, with benefits that extend to OBDII and under-dash telematics when utilizing the larger Multi Hornet. The Multi Micro Spider brings all of these benefits into a compact 7×7 mm package suitable for use with a variety of external antennas. All of OriginGPS’ modules are designed with patented Noise Free Zone technology which minimizes noise, producing the maximum signal-to-noise ratio.

“No other supplier out there rallies these new flash-based additions on such advanced GPS/GNSS modules of this size,” says Haim Goldberger, President and CTO at OriginGPS. “Our plug-and-play Multi Hornet and Multi Micro Hornet offer the fastest time-to-market while maximizing performance even in the harshest of signal environments. The Multi Micro Spider also supports these flash-based additions with a variety of custom antenna solutions. Regardless of antenna placement or mechanical drone design, OriginGPS now offers the software features required in the smallest and lightest weight package.”

Key features include:

Onboard flash for enhanced drone functionality – Based on the SiRFstar 5eB02 GNSS SoC from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, OriginGPS’ new offerings allow drone manufacturers to quickly integrate GNSS functionality without adding sizeable hardware or weight.

Multiple antenna configurations – Designers can opt for the miniature 10×10 mm footprint, or the larger 18×18 footprint for maximum performance when GNSS signal levels are low. The Spider can be implemented with a variety of external antennas.

OriginGPS’ Noise Free Zone (NFZ) – The ORG4033 utilizes OriginGPS’ patented and proprietary NFZ technology for continued noise immunity and high sensitivity even in poor signal conditions.

The new flash-based modules each use an existing OriginGPS Hornet or Spider footprint. Developers can easily transition from ROM-based to flash-based modules or GPS to GNSS in the same footprint, thereby reducing overall development costs and shortening time to market.

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact