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GPS for Treo

Sat Apr 19, 2003 - 11:51 PM EDT - By Michael Ducker


Over the winter we held a poll asking what accessories users wanted most. 146 people responded saying that they wanted a cable to connect their Treo to a GPS unit. The Treo, more than a year old now finally gets its first hardware accessory and coincidently it's a full GPS package by Mapopolis.

From their press release:

"Until this release, Treo users were unable to use GPS with their handhelds. Even splicing a cable together wouldn’t work as no software supported the Treo’s unique configuration requirements. The Treo GPS joins Mapopolis’s existing family of GPS units which provide support for virtually every PDA on the market, including Palm Tungsten-series handhelds, Pocket PC Phone handhelds and the Dell Axim."

Available at MSPR of $199 for both Europe and North America, the Mapopolis GPS plugs into the Treo by serial cable, and offers a complete bundle of software.

    Specifications:
  • Uses SiRF Star II chipset

  • 12 satellite parallel tracking

  • Water proof design for use in all types of weather

  • The unit’s dimensions are 66 X 51 X 22.5mm, the unit weighs less than 100g

  • 1 hertz update rate

  • The unit consumes less than 170mA with a 4.5-5.5V input

  • The unit includes a built-in rechargeable battery for memory and RTC backup and for fast time to first fix

  • High speed signal acquisition using 1920 time/frequency search channels

  • Supports the NMEA0183 v2.2 data protocol

  • Cable connects GPS to PDA and provides power to both.

  • Compatible with all Handspring Treo models



You can buy it here for $199, or buy it for $179 here. (only 2 left in stock!)

We will have a review of this shortly.



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