Thales Navigation, a global provider of GPS
solutions, including the Magellan and Ashtech product lines,
introduced Aug 29 its A12 OEM 12-channel GPS receiver. According to the company, the A12 offers
the most powerful combination of WAAS-enabled accuracy, low power
consumption and compact size available in a low-cost board.
Thales claims the A12 is accurate
to within one meter using local DGPS corrections, and three meters
through WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS compatibility. The A12 is expected to be
a favorite among OEMs and integrators in a variety of applications,
including fleet management, asset tracking, telemetry, automotive and
"There's a strong and growing demand for GPS within land
navigation markets like fleet management and trucking, both as
in-vehicle navigation aids and as control systems for managers keeping
track of their fleet vehicles," said Neil Vancans, general manager of
Thales Navigation's professional products business unit. "Thales
Navigation has demonstrated its expertise in these markets -- with
both our Ashtech professional solutions and our Magellan consumer
products -- for several years. We're confident the A12 will set the
standard for high-performance, low-cost GPS boards."
In terms of power consumption, the A12 uses .23 watts at
3.3VDC. That compares to .70 watts for previous-generation boards and
.47 watts for leading competitive units.
About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is a developer and
manufacturer of positioning, navigation and guidance equipment with
operations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Thales Navigation markets
its Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics,
recreation, and automotive markets, and its Ashtech GPS and GNSS
professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets.
They say their key innovations include the first U.S. commercial
hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first
professional Long-Range Kinematic (LRK) GPS receiver.
Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., is a
subsidiary of Thales, a leading professional electronics company
headquartered in Paris, France, with activities in aerospace, defense
and information technology and services. For more information, visit