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GPS-enabled rugged PDA runs Linux

Indian device design house iWave Systems has unveiled a “military grade” PDA that supports SDIO WiFi and GPS receiver modules. The “iW-Rugged-PDA” is based on a Marvell PXA270 processor, and can run Linux or Windows CE, the company said.

Bangalore, India based iWave specializes in hardware/software reference designs for mobile devices. It previously shipped a generic PXA270 reference platform, as well as a video-centric handheld design based on TI’s i.MX27 processor.

iWave called its iW-Rugged-PDA “the first rugged PDA that comes with SDIO WLAN and GPS.” Originally created for an unspecified defense agency, the device is intended for use tracking users via GPS and WiFi. It can operate in “extreme outdoor and industrial environments,” and was designed to meet MIL-STD-810F and 461E (461 EMI, EMC) specifications for resistance to drops, vibration, temperature extremes, and water and dust infiltration.

The iW-Rugged-PDA is based on a Marvel PXA270 processor clocked at 520MHz. It has 128MB of SDRAM. Storage is divided between 32MB or 64MB of NOR flash for the OS and applications, and 1GB of NAND flash for storage. The display is a 3.5-inch QVGA (240×320) color touchscreen.

I/O includes:
2 x RS-232 ports
1 x USB
8-key keyboard
Audio I/O
SDIO supporting GPS and 802.11b WiFi
The Windows CE version appears to include viewers for PDF, PowerPoint, and Word files; a media player; navigation software; clock; browser; and email client. Specifics regarding the application stack for the Linux version of the device were not provided.

Abdullah Khan, director of engineering, stated, “iW-Rugged-PDA [is] resistant to rain, shock, humidity, vibration, salt fog, altitude, and extreme temperatures.”

Availability

The iW-Rugged-PDA appears to be a finished design available now for manufacturing. Pricing was not disclosed.

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Nokia’s First Dedicated Nevigation GPS : Nokia 330 Auto Navigation

Nokia is well known for its phone and camera product.  But in 2006 it debuted with first ever dedicated GPS device. The mode name 330 Auto Navigation.

 

 

This is a is a budget orientated system which runs on Windows CE, uses the well established SiRF Star III GPS chipset and sports a 3.5in 65k 320 x 240 color touch screen, not the largest on the market but not the smallest.

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Nokia 330 Auto Navigation

 

 Notable feature are A 400MHz Samsung S3C2440 CPU is at the 330’s heart and there’s the standard 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM memory allocation. A 2GB microSD card ships with the device and contains Route 66’s Navigate 7 software as well as
UK,
Ireland and European maps. A built in speaker is also present to provide spoken instructions and also it can double up as a digital audio, video and photo player.

 

GPS navigation market is already highly competitive and overcrowded. This Nokia 330 Auto Navigation does not provide anything new but low price. This product meant to market in European market and price around 306 euro which is very friendly compare to equivalent product. Nokia sure have a plan to step in lucrative GPS market.

Panasonic’s Introduces Strada GPS (CN-NVD905U ) navigator into US marker

Panasonic rolls out it first GPS navigation device, a sleek new mobile navigation system for automobiles, in the United States. The device is Panasonic Strada also knows as CN-NVD905U.

The Strada features a 30GB hard drive with a DVD player that supports DVD-R/RW disks. It sports a seven-inch touch panel LCD and comes pre-loaded with NAVTEQ mapping data for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, plus detailed maps of 86 U.S. cities.
The navigator also features iPod Video connectivity. Panasonic claims that even passengers sitting in the back seats will be able to enjoy movies on the Strada’s 7-inch LCD display. The GPS receiver also plays CDs in MP3 or WMA formats. The Strada will also have Sirius and XM satellite radio programs through your car’s speakers, but you’ll need to buy a tuner, an antenna and a subscription for the service.
Its driving related features include Bluetooth integration with a cell phone for hands-free driving and optional connectivity to a Panasonic rear view camera. Like other GPS navigation system it has the standard features of GPS navigator, including turn by turn directions in English, Spanish and French

Strada GPS already is a best-seller in Japan. It has incredible performance, slick design and a complete enticement system for your vehicle. Panasonic intend to really put it on the navigation market and establish Panasonic as a leader in the U.S. mobile navigation market.
The pricing for Strada is little bit higher in US market. It should be around $1,800 but with all the options, design and performance you sure to get an increasing device for your money.

Cobra GPSM 3000 MOBILE NAVIGATION SYSTEM

The Cobra GSPM 3000 Nav One portable navigation system allows users to easily move from vehicle to vehicle with the GPS in hand–simply plug and go. The receiver offers automatic route navigation with turn-by-turn directions and clear voice guidance to either addresses or points of interest. It also includes more than two million points of interest, such as banks, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and many more, as well as a point-of-interest search using business phone numbers. If the user strays off course or has to take a detour, the GPSM 3000 provides an automatic rerouting function. Users will appreciate the backlit, intuitive soft keys, which provide easy access to specific functions in any given mode without smudging your display. Additional features include an infrared port that instantly transfers addresses from your Palm OS- or Windows Pocket PC-based PDAs; an odometer, trip timer, and speedometer; a Trip Planner function that allows you to preprogram up to five destinations in each plan; and a Trail Mode that allows you to go off-roading and mark your favorite waypoints for the return. The unit uses Cobra’s exclusive Accelerated Satellite Acquisition Protocol II technology (ASAP II), which gets you running up to twice as fast as other recreational GPS receivers and provides superior reception in urban areas, canyons, and dense foliage. The device’s built-in altimeter and compass display altitude readings and eight cardinal compass points.

Features:

  • Portable System-Plug & Go
  • Automatic Route Navigation With Voice Guidance
  • Millions of Points-of-Interest
  • 5.2″ High Res Color Display
  • North America Street-Level Detail Map on Board and Fully Unlocked
  • Gyro for Uninterrupted Navigation
  • Infrared Port for Beaming Address Information
  • iA.S.A.P.â„¢ Performance

Picture of Cobra GPSM 3000:

 

Physical Specifications:

Unit Dimensions  4.73″ H x 7.91″ W x 2.28″ D (201 mm x 120 mm x 65 mm)
Unit Weight  1 lb., 8.96 oz. (710 g)
Display Size  5.2″ (132 mm) Diagonal
Display Resolution  320 x 240 Pixel
STN Color Display
Keypad  Backlit
Power  12-volt DC Vehicle Power Adapter included
Usage: 1.2 max
Fuse: 3
Antenna  Built-in Patch (Optional External Antenna Available)
Temperature Range  Operation: -15 to + 60 (15F to 140F)
Storage: -30C to +80C (-2F to 176F)
Map Storage  Automotive-Grade Hard Disk Drive

Performance Specifications :
Receiver 12 Parallel Channels for tracking up to 12 satellites
Acquisition Times  Approximately (hot): 8 sec. (warm): 38 sec. (cold): 45 sec.
Using i.A.S.A.P Technology
Update Rate  1/second, continuous
GPS Accuracy  Position: 10 meters, 2D RMS
Velocity: 0.1 m/sec.
Dynamics 4g
Interface  USB 2.0

Packaging Specifications:Â
SKU#  GPSM 3000
Individual Gift
Box Dimensions:  10″H x 11.5″W x 4.75″D (260mm x 300mm x 128mm)
Individual Gift
Box Weight:  2.48 lb. (1.125kg)
Master Pack Quantity:   2
Master Pack Dimensions:  23″H x 15″W x 7″D (590mm x 380mm x170mm)
Master Pack Weight:  10.45lb. (4.74kg)

Included Accessories:

Cigarette Lighter Power Cord
Windshield Suction Cup Mounting Bracket

1 Year Limited Warranty

Price:

$549.95