Geotate and Rakon Create Geotagging Module for Camera Industry
31 January 2008: LAS VEGAS, USA: Geotate, a software GPS-company which delivers location based solutions for consumer devices, announced that it has successfully collaborated with Rakon Limited (Auckland, New Zealand, NZX:RAK), to develop a solution using Rakon’s GRM 6510 module. This module, that includes all the required GPS RF hardware (excluding antenna) to capture raw GPS data, can be combined with Geotate’s GPS software to provide a geotagging solution that can easily be added to consumer electronics devices such as digital cameras.
The low power module has a small footprint of 1/4 inch x 1/5 inch (6mm x 5mm), that is entirely self-contained and incorporates all critical elements such as LNA, RF ASIC, SAW filter, IF filter and 0.5ppm TCXO on a ceramic substrate. The module is fully tested, will reduce the end product’s test time and virtually eliminate design time and uncertainty involved in a conventional discrete design.
“We believe that the speed of accessing the GPS data and the cost of the overall solution make this geotagging solution to be the only viable way GPS technology will be incorporated into the vast majority of digital cameras. By working with a leading GPS specialist, we have created a solution that minimizes integration time and cost for camera makers and is ready to implement immediately,” commented Hans Streng, Chief Executive Officer of Geotate.
“Geotate’s innovative software is a real breakthrough in the development of GPS for the camera industry. We are confident that combined with our module, it will enable geotagging solutions to be incorporated into many cameras this year,” commented Rakon Managing Director, Brent Robinson.
Rakon pioneered the development of miniature oscillators capable of maintaining high levels of accuracy and unique lock-on stability in extreme environments. As a result, Rakon supplies over 50% of the frequency control devices used by the GPS industry.
Geotate is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NXP which is in the final stage of spinout negotiations with an investor. Final agreement is expected in the near future and closing by the end of the first quarter of 2008, after which NXP will hold a minority position. Further details of the agreement, including the name of the investor and financial terms, are not disclosed.
Geotate is a geo software company which announced on 23 January 2008 it would spin out of NXP Semiconductors. Geotate’s solutions enable portable devices to automatically add a geotag to an object without compromising the user experience and the devices’ resources. Geotate’s patented approach captures raw GPS satellite signals in the available memory that are later unlocked via a web-based service. This disruptive technology enables instant, intuitive “auto geotagging”.
Rakon Limited- “Rakon” (NZX:RAK) is a world leader in the development of frequency control solutions for a wide range of applications. Rakon has leading market positions in the supply of crystal oscillators to the GPS, telecommunications network timing/synchronization and aerospace markets.
Rakon has a diverse product portfolio from low stability XO and crystal products, through to high volume TCXO and VCXOs and precision OCXO and Rubidium equivalent frequency standards.
Rakon is based in Auckland, New Zealand with principle manufacturing operations in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and France and sales offices throughout the world. For more information visit its website at www.rakon.com.