GPS based Handheld Marine Navigation Device


The advent of handheld devices and GPS has brought in a great degree of flexibility in marine navigation. This case study showcases Mistral’s capability in designing a low-cost, low-power, handheld GPS device for marine requirements. This product was taken to large volume production by the customer.Handheld Marine Navigation Device

The Customer

The customer is an OEM specializing in building navigation equipment.

The Requirement

The customer has more than 20 years of experience in building desktop navigation equipment. They wanted to get into the handheld business, and approached Mistral to design and develop the handheld navigation device. The design had to be a low-cost device with low power consumption, and would have to use their existing application software. The design also required to conform to marine regulatory standards defined in IEC 945.

Solution ProvidedHandheld Marine Navigation Device

Mistral offered a highly integrated ARM processor-based handheld solution operating on 4 AA batteries, and running Linux:

  • 3.5″ advanced trans-reflective LCD from SHARP; rendering it usable even in bright sunlight
  • GPS feature provided by a 12-channel GPS with passive antenna
  • USB interface to provide PC / Compact Flash connectivity for storing cartography data.