Amaro (Udine, Italy) – 17th January 2007 – Eurotech has today released the COM-1289, a high-integration wireless PC/104 communication module capable of precision GPS satellite positioning and seamless communication in 900/1800 and 1900MHz cellular GSM / GPRS networks worldwide.
The COM-1289 is based on the latest low-power high-sensitivity Fastrax iTrax03 GPS receiver technology capable of reliable positioning in difficult urban canyon and dense foliage environments. The position can be updated at 1-3Hz and GPS data is available in NMEA or binary protocol. The internationally approved Siemens MC55 tri-band GSM/GPRS wireless terminal supports SMS, high-speed GPRS data, and fax and voice communication. An onboard locking SIM card slot can be easily accessed with the module installed in a system. Optionally an external SIM card interface can be connected to the module. The audio I/O-port can be used to connect to low-power devices or a headset for voice communication.
Integrated peripheral interfaces include two 16C550 compatible RS-232 level serial ports that provide traditional hardwired serial I/O functions for legacy communications. The GPS and GSM/GPRS terminal are accessed through a standard UART interface that is supported by all operating systems.
Board configuration is fully software controlled and all resources can be set with the module installed in the system. Settings, such as serial port base address, interrupts and GPS communication protocol can be modified at any time and configuration data is stored in the onboard non-volatile EEPROM. The jumperless board configuration increases flexibility and increases mechanical reliability.
This rugged RoHS compliant module takes advantage of all the latest technologies and is compatible with all Eurotech rugged high-reliability computers, PC/104 and PC/104+ CPUs and peripheral expansion modules.
Compatibility with embedded operating systems such as Linux, Windows-CE and XPE is guaranteed. Development systems with easy-to-use GPS and GPRS antennas and interface cabling are available for testing, software development and evaluation.