GPS Plus Card II
a fast and easy way to add GPS functionality

GPS Plus Card II

The expansion slot is one of the most underutilized innovations in wireless modems. Expandable hardware platforms have the potential to deliver the functionality of a custom solution with the cost-effectiveness of an off the shelf modem. The enhanced, new GPS Plus Card II is here to fill that slot.

The GPS Plus Card II features the Maestro A2200, based on SiRFstarIV technology. It is a fast and easy way to add GPS functionality, extra I/O, extra processing power, accelerometer, and SD card to any expandable platform such as the Maestro Heritage, Xact Trax and Sierra Wireless Fastrack Modems. These modems are designed to accept off-the-shelf cards like the GPS Plus Card II or any custom designed cards.

Customizable.
The Card design provides a building block that can deliver support for other features important for your application with simple modifications instead of starting from scratch. With ClearConnex Engineering Services the design is easily adaptable to add any functionality. Requests for other custom plug-in card designs are also welcome.

ClearComm compatible. Of course.
All GPS Plus Card II features are supported by the ClearComm platform. This makes starting ahead and getting to market fast even easier. Now your project can start with an off the shelf modem, customize it with one of ClearConnex's expansion cards, utilize ClearComm and connect it with any of the off the shelf servers that has already been integrated with ClearComm. Your project is nearly over before it has even started.

Feature Overview
The GPS Plus Card is available in different configurations. The Card can be built with either one feature or with all features populated.

  • Maestro A2200, based on SiRFstarIV technology
  • Accelerometer
  • Micro SD card holder
  • PIC microprocessor provides additional processing power and I/O including:
    • 26 GPIOs
    • Two 3/4-wire SPI modules
    • One I2C module with master/slave support
    • Two UART modules supporting RS-485, RS-232, LIN/J2602, and IrDa
    • Three 16-bit capture inputs
    • Three 16-bit PWM outputs
    • 16 channels of analog-to-digital conversion (12-bit, 100 ksps)
    • Charge Time Measurement Unit

External Connectors
- 30-Pin Standard I/O connector (DD1R030HA1R1300 to fit DD1P030MA1 cable connector, JAE Electronics)
- MMCX GPS Antenna

GPS Configuration
Maestro A2200, based on SiRFstarIV technology
Standard MMCX Antenna Connector
Requires active antenna.
Connected to modem using UART2

PIC Processor
PIC24F32KA302 microprocessor
Processor Speed – 8 MHz
LVP (Low Voltage Programming) port
Connected to Sierra Wireless modem using I2C bus
May be used for I/O control or general processing

  • 26 GPIOs
  • Two 3/4-wire SPI modules
  • One I2C module with master/slave support
  • Two UART modules supporting RS-485, RS-232, LIN/J2602, and IrDa
  • Three 16-bit capture inputs
  • Three 16-bit PWM outputs
  • 16 channels of analog-to-digital conversion (12-bit, 100 ksps)
  • Charge Time Measurement Unit

Micro SD Card Holder
A micro SD card holder of any capacity may be mounted.
Connected to Sierra Wireless modem using SPI bus

Accelerometer
MMA7455L is a low power,capacitive micromachined accelerometer featuring signal conditioning, a low pass filter, temperature compensation, self-test, configurable to detect 0g through interrupt pins, and pulse detect for quick motiondetection.
Connected to Sierra Wireless modem using I2C bus

Extensible Devices
These are devices that support expansion slots and headers. The GPS Plus II card can be used to expand the capabilities of these devices.

  • Option CloudGate
  • Sierra Wireless Fastrack Xtend
  • Maestro Heritage*
  • Xact Trax OEM Board*

*Some customization is required to work with these devices

The hardware building blocks just keep coming.
The GPS Plus Card II joins a fast growing list of ClearConnex Start Ahead Hardware Products, including the Engineering Cable for Fastrack, the M2M Quickstart Developer kit, and the Firmware Loading Board. The previous version of the GPS Plus card can be found here.

Availablility

  • If you interested in licensing the design then please contact us.
  • We would be glad to customize the GPS Plus Card II for you.
  • Whether you are interested in purchasing samples or quantity orders, please contact us. For quantity orders, one of our manufacturing partners can help you.
  • If you require something completely different then we can design a custom expansion board or any type of board design.