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Jan 10, 2006

GPS Receiver The Size Of Baby's Fingernail Developed

New Zealand electronics company Rakon has announced that it has developed a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver the size of a baby'’s fingernail, The module, which is a complete "‘plug and play"’ unit, was developed for GPS-enabled equipment, such as mobile phones, PDAs and perhaps even watches.

Brent Robinson, Rakon'’s Managing Director, says the small GPS unit, "will mean GPS manufacturers can meet market demand to miniaturise devices, while offering improved capability."“ Robinsaon went on to say that the unit was developed for applications in urban environments with very high interference. The company is already at work on the next generation of the device which is says will provide up to three times greater sensitivity.