Power Consumption Lowered on OEMStar™ Receiver, Expanding Possibilities for Battery Powered Applications

L1 PRODUCT MANAGER: Gordon Ryley (403) 730-4143
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 17th, 2010) - NovAtel is pleased to announce that the recent 1.011 Firmware Release for its OEMStar L1 GNSS receiver has significantly reduced the card's power consumption.

The OEMStar receiver now consumes only 450mW for GPS+GLONASS operation and 360mW for GPS-only operation, which is the lowest power consumption of any leading precision L1 GPS+GLONASS receiver on the market today.

This makes the OEMStar ideal for battery powered applications such as handheld GIS data collectors, smart survey antennas, and even some unmanned vehicles.

The OEMStar receiver is NovAtel's lowest cost, high performance L1 GNSS receiver. The 14-channel OEMStar provides accurate positioning using L1 GPS, GLONASS and SBAS signals. NovAtel's advanced GL1DE® technology is also available on the OEMStar receiver.

NovAtel is committed to providing excellent value to our customers in the form of firmware updates and upgrades. By providing this functionality as a firmware update, customers can apply it to their existing receivers, enabling quick changeover and minimal downtime. Our 1.011 firmware update is available free of charge to all NovAtel customers.

For more information on NovAtel products and latest firmware, please contact your local sales representative. A complete list of NovAtel dealers is available at

About NovAtel

NovAtel Inc. is a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems, including receivers, antennas, enclosures and firmware. An ISO certified company, NovAtel's products are developed for efficient, rapid integration into our customers' precise positioning applications. These applications include surveying, Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, precision agriculture machine guidance, port automation, mining, marine and defense industries. NovAtel's reference receivers are at the core of national aviation ground networks in the USA, Japan, Europe, China and India. The Company maintains its leadership position through significant R&D investment focusing on the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS), the revitalized Russian GLONASS and the emerging European Galileo satellite systems, as well as the integration of additional complementary technologies such as Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada and is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.

NovAtel and GL1DE are registered trademarks of NovAtel Inc. OEMStar is a trademark of NovAtel Inc.


Posted on 17/09/2010