Amaryllo introduces GPS receiver with RDS/TMC Print

Amaryllo introduces Trinity        
- Real time traffic information built into a compact GPS receiver

Amaryllo, a Dutch producer of GPS- and Navigation products, introduces Trinity, a beautifully designed, compact Bluetooth GPS receiver that also is capable of receiving real time traffic information as broadcasted via TMC. With this device, a Smart Phone or PDA can be used as a navigation system that is aware of the current traffic situation. This extra information can be used by the navigation application to optimise the route to follow, warn for road constructions ahead, minimise the estimated travel time and in some cases even route around a traffic jam.

In many countries, this traffic information is broadcasted - unhearable - as part of the normal FM radio programs. The RDS-TMC standard (referred to as ClearChannel in the USA) is used for this. Trinity contains an integrated FM receiver with RDS-TMC decoder hardware. Smart firmware controls this FM receiver and continuously acquires the best available traffic information it can find. It then integrates this information into proprietary fields that the standard NMEA data stream provides for such purpose and forwards it to the navigation application running on the Smart Phone or PDA. This firmware is fully integrated inside the SiRFstar III LP chipset and developed by Amaryllo.

The GPS receiver inside Trinity is based on the new SiRFstar III LP (Low Power) chipset. It can track twenty satellites and acquire the TMC information simultaneously and will run for eleven hours on a single battery charge. The device will automatically switch to stand-by mode when the Bluetooth connection is broken and will automatically wake up again when necessary. Trinity can be in stand-by mode for over a month on a single battery charge. The Locosys module RS2024 is used in Trinity.

The first navigation software provider that announces to support the Trinity device is Gate5 from Germany (owned by Nokia). Their navigation application Smart2Go will be able to interpret the traffic information as offered by Trinity. The Trinity drivers will also be built into the OEM software that this company provides to many brands.

Trinity will be an integrated part of the new Amaryllo product portfolio. The device will be the top line product. It will be delivered with rechargeable battery (standard Nokia type), anti slip sticker, rubber protection sleeve, car charger, AC charger, Mini USB cable and manual. It will be available at the end of January and will have a recommended retail price of 129 Euro.

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Trinity can be seen at CES in the LVCC stand 54074. 

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