Qualcomm today announced the highly integrated RGR6200 Global Positioning System (GPS) radio receiver. The RGR6200 solution is designed to interface with Qualcomm's MGP6200 multimode GPS processor and MSM6200 Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets. As a complete solution, these chips provide best-in-class GPS performance for UMTS and GSM/GPRS systems, enabling simultaneous GPS operation with UMTS/GSM/GPRS radio operation.
"The RGR6200 radio receiver offers unrivaled performance for a cost-effective solution," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Qualcomm is dedicated to bringing the most advanced solutions for position location to the wireless marketplace, and the RGR6200 solution offers the best UMTS GPS sensitivity and selectivity in the industry."
The RGR6200 solution incorporates Qualcomm's radioOne Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture, which eliminates the need for IF components, including large IF SAW filters and additional IF circuitry. CDMA chips using radioOne technology require less printed circuit board area than previous generation chips, which reduces bill-of-material costs for wireless handsets.
Offered in a 5mm x 5mm 32-pin Quad Flat No-Lead (QFN) package, the highly integrated RGR6200 solution includes on-chip:
- Low-Noise Amplifier (LNA)
- Additional high-linearity pre-LNA Mixer
- Voltage Control Oscillator (VCO)
- Channel select filtering
- Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) circuit
- Qualcomm's Serial Bus Interface (SBI)
The MGP6200 solution, to which the RGR6200 chip interfaces, is a companion chip for the Company's MSM6200 chipset. The MGP6200 chip uses the proven Assisted GPS (AGPS) fast-convolution hardware core and software algorithms from SnapTrack, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, to provide significantly enhanced GPS signal sensitivity, fast start times, multipath mitigation and power optimization, while minimizing positioning data traffic on wireless networks.
The MSM6200 chipset is Qualcomm's second-generation UMTS solution and supports data rates of up to 384 kbps. The MSM6200 solution interfaces with Qualcomm's wireless Launchpad suite of applications and software, encompassing advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage capabilities. Selected components of the Launchpad suite are integrated into all of Qualcomm's MSM chipsets based on the market for which each chip is designed. The MSM6200 chipset and system software also support Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) Application Programming Interface (API). With the BREWapi routines, protocols and tools, handset manufacturers and developers can develop both embedded and downloadable wireless applications, and BREW-based products more quickly and easily.
The MSM6200 chip sampled in June 2002. The full MSM6200 solution, including radioOne ZIF RF technology, is currently available. An MGP6200 chipset solution will be available inside a small, commercial-quality test handset from Qualcomm in the fourth quarter of calendar 2002 to enable commercial trials by wireless operators. Engineering samples of the RGR6200 solution are expected during the first quarter of calendar 2003.