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11748Re: OpenTracker USB released

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  • Greg
    Jan 6, 2011
      One of the things that I liked about the OT2 was the ability to work with Garmin Nuvi fleet management (FMI). having one unit that was the GPS and the display was interesting. If anything that I had disliked about APRS was that it needed a PC/laptop to display while mobile until you showed up.

      Of Course now the problem is finding a Nuvi that does fleet management correctly. Just as supplies of the MCUs will dry up, so are Nuvi 350s. BTW, how does the AVmaps work with the Kenwood?

      --- In tracker2@yahoogroups.com, Scott Miller <scott@...> wrote:
      > > Scott
      > >
      > > What was the design goal for this product as it is going off a little different than your past devices?
      > The OTUSB design was mostly an update to keep the OpenTracker line in production (at a reasonable cost) while raising the bar for entry-level trackers. The JL16 MCUs use an older fabrication process and the price keeps going up, and sooner or later Freescale will declare them end-of-life and I learned from the OT1 that once that happens, supplies can dry up overnight.
      > The T2 is also in line for a similar update. I can get a faster MCU with more memory for less than half what I'm paying for the AP64.
      > Once we get up to speed on OTUSB production and phase out the OT1+ I think we'll be able to get the price down to what the OT1+ is selling for now.
      > So the product lineup will be OTUSB at the low end, where low cost and low power consumption are critical, T2 (or maybe it'll be T3, but I think that'd cause too much confusion with the TT3) for mid-range digi and mobile use, and the high-end DC1 where you need dual radio ports, 9600 baud, and Ethernet.
      > Within those lines there will be a few variants, too - like an
      > OTUSB-derived balloon tracker payload and a couple of other
      > special-purpose boards.
      > Scott
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