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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Polstar igeo-pro

3. Tests

Polstar iGeo-Pro PBT-648 - Page 2

- Installation

Installation of the device is very easy. After charging for about 3hours, you can install on either your PDA or any BT enabled laptop. Remember, the pair key is four zeros (0000), in case the application asks for it. All tests here were carried out using an ASUS A6JA laptop. We logged all produced data for a pre-selected route with VisualGPSX and later analyzed it with GPSLog.

In order to record the TTFF measurements ("Time to First Fix" which is the time it takes for a GPS to determine its current position), we used the GPSInfo "Cold Start" function. All tests ran simultaneously, under the same environmental conditions while driving around in an Audi, model A4 2004.

The retail package doesn't offer any kind of testing software. However, if you visit the Polstar Technologies website, you can download two software packages, one for PDAs and one for PC platforms.

- Tests Day One

On the first day we tested the device, it was daylight with a clear sky, and a temperature of 28° C.

Globalsat BT-338
Polstar i-GeoPro PBT-648
Time to First Fix (TTFF)
Secs
38 sec
46 sec
Fix
Invalid
2.1
2.9
2D
14.7
3.4

3D

83.2
93.7
Satellites
Average (in view)
8.16
9.75
Average (in use)
4.47
4.57
Average Signal Level (in dB)
Maximum per Satellite
31.83
33.00
Average per Satellite
26.19
26.68

The PBT-648 showed good performance, very similar to the BT-338. In fact, in most cases, it performed better than the BT-338.

- Tests Day Two

On the second day of testing, we had partly-cloudy daylight conditions, with 30° C.

Globalsat BT-338
Polstar i-GeoPlus PBT-648
Time to First Fix (TTFF)
Secs
39 sec
40 sec
Fix
Invalid
0
0
2D
0
0

3D

100
100
Satellites
Average (in view)
8.00
9.00
Average (in use)
6.71
6.59
Average Signal Level (in dB)
Maximum per Satellite
38.00
38.10
Average per Satellite
32.85
31.99

It is not surprising to see such close results from the two devices since they are both powered by the SiRF III chipset. There are some minor differences in the max and average levels, but not enough to be concerned with.

- Tests Day Three ( Indoor Sensitivity)

We placed both receivers inside a house, close to a large window and monitored their performance. The Polstar PBT-648 had a 3D fix with 6 in view and 4 in use satellites, whereas the Globalsat Globalsat BT-338 had a 3D fix with 7 in view and 5 in use satellites.

- Overall impressions

The Polstar i-Geo Plus PBT-648, is powered by the SiRF III chipset as we have already mentioned. The device showed typical SiRF III performance, good reception levels, good sensitivity and quick TTFF times. The Globalsat BT-338 seemed to be slightly better tuned, especially for indoor use. Most users however, won't even notice the differences.




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