March 10, 2006

New Pharos GPS Receivers iGPS-500


Pharos introduced the Pharos iGPS-500, a powerful new GPS receiver designed to work with the groundbreaking new class of Ultra-Mobile PCs running on Windows XP software. As business becomes ever more global, the iGPS-500 will provide mobile professionals with advanced location and navigation capabilities as a part of a comprehensive desktop experience on a lightweight mobile PC.

The iGPS-500's unique modular design allows users to add GPS positioning and navigation capability via the serial, USB, CompactFlash, PCMCIA, SDIO port or Bluetooth(TM) wireless connection to a variety of mobile devices, including the Ultra-Mobile PC, Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC or Windows Mobile-based Smartphone products among others.

The iGPS-500 features the highly sensitive SiRFstarIII GPS architecture. With its rapid time-to-first-fix and high sensitivity, the iGPS-500 is engineered to meet the rigorous demands of wireless and handheld LBS applications, and provides superior location performance, both indoors and out. The iGPS-500 works seamlessly with Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006, Microsoft AutoRoute 2006 and Microsoft MapPoint software, as does its predecessor, the iGPS-360.

"Every business traveler has a unique set of preferences when they take technology on the road," said Andy Wang, Vice President, Pharos. "We have developed advanced GPS solutions for every form factor so mobile professionals can enjoy precise location and navigation assistance on the hardware that suits their needs."

"Pharos has a track record for delivering great GPS solutions for Windows-based devices," said Bill Mitchell, vice president of the Mobile Platforms Division at Microsoft Corp. "Ultra-Mobile PC users will be able to take full advantage of the iGPS-500 and iGPS-360 solutions and navigate confidently through city streets and countrysides with programs like Microsoft Streets and Trips."

Pharos expects to ship the iGPS-500 in April 2006 at estimated retail prices ranging from $99 for the serial/USB cable version to $199 for the Bluetooth wireless version.

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Posted by Scott Martin at March 10, 2006 9:46 AM

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