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Friday, June 06, 2008
Qstarz BT-Q1000P GPS

1. Features, specifications

Not many years ago, Global position systems (aka GPS) were found only on professional, high-end equipment. Today, we use them in our everyday life, mainly installed in our cars. We all want to know where we stand in terms of navigation and of course third party applications like Google Earth further enhance our navigation experience by simply Geotagging our home or other places of an interest. Qstarz is a new company that offers several GPS products and today we have in our hands the Q1000 Platinum, which is actually a combo device: a GPS locator and a GPS logger.

The Qstarz Q1000P is a total solution GPS receiver with Bluetooth wireless transmitting ability, designed based on next generation indoors GPS technology with high sensitivity at -158dBm and low power (<80mA) consumption.

This system is designed to provide unbelievable positioning sensitivity allowing you to have easy and quick position fix in urban canyon conditions.

The device can be also used in various positioning applications such as car navigation, mapping, surveying, security, agriculture and so on.

The Q1000P communicates with other electronic devices through the wireless Bluetooth technology. It acquires 51 satellites in parallel when cold start, and displays the 8 highest signals for power saving purpose. In addition, is supports the WAAS+EGNOS+MSAS protocols for further position accuracy.

- Features

  1. Adopt MTK chipset with high sensitivity -158dBm and 51-Channel tracking

  2. Lower power consumption up to 32hrs for travel recording

  3. Stand-Alone travel recorder to log up to 200,000 records

  4. Easily switch Travel Recorder to NAV mode or LOG mode (Navigation + Log)

  5. Support Multi-mode setting to record data (Vehicle, Bicycle, Jog)

  6. Support button push manually to memorize your location immediately

  7. Fast Position Fix ,Cold start 36s, Warm start 33s,Hot start 1s

  8. Auto On-Off function for smart power control

  9. Personal/Portable Navigation (PDA, Smartphone, PC, etc.)

  10. WAAS+EGNOS+MSAS support

- Chipset inside

The Qstarz Q1000P uses MediaTek's GPS module, which has rather good specifications

GPS Chip MTK GPS Module
Frequency L1, 1575.42MHz
C/A Code 1.023MHz chip rate
Channels 51 CH performance tracking
Antenna (Intemal) Built-in patch antenna with LNA
Tracking -158 dBm
Acquisition Rate
Cold Start 36 sec, average
Warm Start 33 sec, average
Hot Start 1 sec, average
Reacquisition < 1 sec.
Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery
Input Voltage Vin: DC 3.0-5.0V
Backup Voltage DC 1.2 ± 10%
Charging time 3hrs. (Typical)
Operating Temperature -10 ℃ to + 60 ℃
Storage Temperature -20 ℃ to + 60 ℃
Charging 0 ℃ to + 45 ℃
Accuracy (none DGPS)
Position Without aid: 3.0m 2D-RMS <3m CEP(50%) without SA(horizontal) DGPS (WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS, RTCM): 2.5m
Velocity Without aid: 0.1m/s, DGPS(WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS, RTCM):0.05m/s
Time 50 ns RMS
Datum WGS-84
Dynamic Conditions  
Altitude <18,000m
Velocity <515m/sec
Acceleration <4g
Update 1Hz as default (Up to 5Hz -optional)
Bluetooth V1.2 compliant (SPP profile)
Class 2 (15 meters in open space)
Frequency: 2.4~2.4835 GHz
Power On/Off Slide switch
Power Charge Mini USB
GPS Protocol NMEA-0183 (V3.01) – GGA, GSA,GSV, RMC(default); VTG, GLL(Optional) , Baud rate 115200 bps, Data bit : 8, stop bit : 1(Default)
Device Size 72.2 (L) X 46.5 (W) X 20 (H) mm
USB Bridge  
Standard Fully Compliant with USB2.0 (12Mbps)

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