More Details on Magellan GPS Receiver for m500 Series
Thales Navigation has released some more details on the GPS receiver it is developing for the m500 series. The Magellan GPS Companion was first announced in early January. Yesterday , the company said it would be capable of 12 hours of continuous use, about five times longer than competitive products. It won't be available until sometime this Spring and a price still isn't available
The Magellan GPS Companion is a GPS receiver and software combination capable of giving turn-by-turn directions. It's been confirmed that it will work with the new m515.
It features a 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver that attaches to the back of the handheld for fast position acquisition and satellite tracking, even in urban canyons or under trees. The additional use of Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) satellite correction signals helps ensure the most accurate position fixes possible so users can know their location within as little as 3 meters. It will also use the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS) satellite correction signals.
Using either application, maps are matched with satellite navigation information from the GPS receiver to show the user's position on a map that shows the real-time movement of the user.
It will also have Magellan's own NAV Companion software, which provides comprehensive navigation information so users can turn their handheld into a traditional GPS receiver for finding their way in off-road areas. It provides an analog speedometer, a digital compass, and waypoint and route management capabilities so users can store location information and find their way to and from a destination that doesn't appear on conventional maps.
It connects with the handheld through the HotSync port, leaving the expansion card slot available for map downloads. For extended travel, an optional 12V power cable features a built-in battery charger.
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