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Leadtek 9532 (SiRF II) GPS Receiver Review

24th April 2003

 Review by Dave Burrows

  

Introduction

The Leadtek 9532 supersedes the original Leadtek 9531.  The 9532 has a nice bright new design, rather than the old boxy gray style, the new Leadtek has a radical round design with a light blue/cyan colour to the receiver.  Leadtek is a good name behind GPS Receivers, and one that both TomTom and PowerLOC have partnered with to bundle the receiver with their latest products.

 

 

Connecting the Leadtek

The Leadtek 9532 plugs into the bottom Sync Port of the Pocket PC.  This is the same interface that the Pocket PC cradle uses which is designated as COM1.  This does mean that you do have to make sure that any external keyboard drivers that use this same sync port, or any third party accessory drivers will have to be disabled to use the Leadtek, but this is the same with all GPS receivers that use the bottom Sync Port. 

 

The Leadtek 9532 is both small and light weight and also very portable. This useful antenna complies with the NMEA-0183 data message standard and SiRF II binary data protocol and can be configured to work with a variety of PC's, Pocket PC, and Palm devices.

 

Leadtek 9532 Features

  • Based on SiRFStarII Architecture
  • 12 channel "All-in-View" tracking 
  • Cold/Warm/Hot start time: 48/38/8 seconds 
  • Reacquisition time: 0.1 second 
  • Universal connector for different PPA/pocket PC/Palm
  • Cable availability
    Compaq iPAQ 36xx/37xx, 38xx series
    HP Jornada 56x series
    Casio Cassiopeia E-125, E-200
    Palm Vx, M500 series
    Handspring Visor, Edge
  • Support SiRF Binary or standard NMEA-0183 
  • Magnet base for mounting on the car 
  • Water-resistant plastic housing
  • Backup battery supported

Leadtek GPS plugs into bottom

Sync Port of Pocket PC

 

So what does the Leadtek 9532 look like ? 

The Leadtek has a new bright design, it doesn't look like most GPS Mouse Receivers which are gray ans square, Leadtek have added colour to this, colour coded the RJ11 plug, and even included a light to tell you if the receiver has acquired a 3D Lock!  The cable that comes out of the GPS receiver has a suction cup moulded around the cable.  Although the base of the receiver is both magnetic and has a rubbery felt to stop the receiver slipping around the dashboard, the suction cup can help by suctioning the cable to the windscreen to hold the receiver firmly in place.

 

Leadtek 9532 GPS Receiver

 

Cable Sets

The end of the GPS receiver cable terminates in an RJ11 plug, which then plugs into an RJ11 socket.  From this point on is considered a cable set (as seen in the following photo). 

 

The RJ11 plug, plugs into the RJ11 socket which is on the right of the dual cable box.  This then splits into two cables.  One goes straight to the accessory socket plug which gives you the power to the receiver, and the other cable then goes straight to the Pocket PC. 

 

The reason why the cable set has been designed this way is not only does it give you power to the GPS receiver, but it charges the Pocket PC at the same time giving you the best of both worlds.

 

Leadtek 9531/9532 Cable Set for the Compaq iPAQ 3800 Series

 

A closer look at the Y-adaptor box shows the RJ11 socket

Other Cable Sets Available

  • Universal connector for different PDA / Pocket PC / Smartphone

  • Cable availability

    • Compaq iPAQ 36xx/37xx/38xx series

    • HP Jornada 56xx series

    • Casio Cassiopeia E-125, E-200

    • Palm Vx, M500 series

    • Handspring Visor, Edge

    • Pocket Loox

    • O2 XDA

 

Interface

Serial Port:

Universal connector (RJ11)

Baud Rate:

4800 to 38400 adjustable

Input Messages:

NMEA/SiRF Binary
Set altitude, positioning, date & time, select output message and rates
Optional DGPS RTCM Inputs

Output Message:

SiRF Binary, NMEA-0183 v2.0 GGA, GSA, GSV,RMC, VTG, GLL plus proprietary messages

Antenna:

Embedded passive 

 

Mechanical and Environmental

Dimensions:

3.0in(L) x 2.6in(W) x1.0in(H)
76.2mm(L)X66.04mm(W)X2.54mm(H)

Cable Length:

PDA connector to RJ11: 88cm
Junction point to cigar lighter: 35.5cm
Smart Antenna to RJ11 connector: 150cm

Mounting:

Magnet base 

Housing:

Water-resistant plastic 

Operating Temperature:

-40 C to +85 C 

Safe Storage Temperature:

-55 C to +100 C 

Relative Humidity:

5% to 95%, non-condensing

Altitude:

60,000 ft(18 km) 

 

Performance

General:

12 channel "All-in-View" tracking
L1 frequency 1575.42MHz C/A code

Acquisition:

Cold Start: 48 sec typical TTFF (Time-To-First-Fix)
Warm start: 38 sec typical TTFF, with current almanac, positioning and time
Host start: 8 sec typical TTFF, with current almanac, positioning, time and ephemeris

Reacquisition:

0.1 sec (Up to 30 sec blockage)

Positioning Accuracy:

30 m, 2D without SA imposed(95%)
100m, 2DRMS,with SA imposed(95%)

DGPS Accuracy:

<5m(5%) 

Dynamics:

Velocity: < 1,000 knots max

Acceleration: < 4g
Altitude: <18,000m

 

GPS Hardware TTFF (Time To First Fix)

 

Cold

Test 1

Cold

Test 2

Cold

Test 3

Cold

Test 4

Cold

Test 5

Cold

Test

Average

Warm

Test

Hot

Test

CoPilot CF 1m 22s 1m 8s 56s 1m 17s 54s 1m 07s 52s 16s
Emtac Sleeve/CoPilot 40s 37s 42s 37s 46s 40.4s 10s 9s
Emtac/Socket BT GPS 47s 53s 42s 36s 38s 43.2s 10s 17s
Garmin eTrex 39s 44s 40s 41s 43s 41.4s 8s N/A
Garmin eTrex Summit 38s 41s 45s 39s 42s 41.0s 8s N/A
Garmin eTrex Vista 37s 57s 32s 35s 38s 39.8s 17s N/A
Garmin GPSMap76 42s 34s 23s 56s 32s 37.4s 12s N/A
Garmin GPSMap76S 32s 53s 32s 39s 36s 38.4s 11s N/A
Garmin Geko 101 1m 37s 45s 38s 44s 41s 53s 15s 13
Garmin Geko 201 34s 45s 38s 43s 40s 40s 19s 10
HaiCom 302 CF 50s 33s 1m 25s 36s 1m 25s 57.8s 23s 10s
HaiCom 303 MMF 42s 1m 05 s 41s 1m 02 s 1m 18s 57.6s 36s 3s
Holux GM-210 42s 38s 35s 37s 42s 38.8s 30s 4s
Holux GM-270 54s 1m 07 s 1m 03s 50s 1m 12s 61.2s 39s 4s
Holux GM-270U 46s 49s 42s 1m 01 s 49s 49.4s 35s 3s
Holux GR-230 1m 02s 55s 50s 49s 52s 53.6s 39s 5s
LeadTek 9531 / 9532 29s 37s 39s 41s 43s 37.8s 9s 5s
Magellan Meridian Range of GPS 38s 53s 43s 33s 35s 40.4s 18s 15s
Magellan SporTrak Range of GPS 37s 47s 46s 41s 41s 42.4s 19s 16s
Navman 3000 (ROM 2.0.0) 49s 52s 1m 33s 3m 23s 8m 5s 2m 56s 20s 11s
Navman 3400/3420 (ROM 2.1.2) 1m 33s 2m 30s 1m 32s 52s 1m 17s 1m 32.8s 20s 12s
Navman 3450 (ROM 2.1.2) 57s 50s 1m 09s 48s 1m 0s 56.8s 20s 11s
Navman 4400 53s 1m 03s 1m 19s 54s 53s 1m 00.4s 0s 0s
Pretec Compact CF 1m 28s 2m 47s 57s 45s 1m 2s 1m 23s 1m 16s 12s
Pretec Compact LP CF 3m 48s 5m 32s 4m 59s 1m 53s 4m 02s 4m 04s 52s 33s
Rikaline X5 41s 41s 34s 41s 42s 39.5s 39s 0s
Rikaline X6 34s 60s 44s 48s 57s 48.6s 38s 0s
RoyalTek Onyx 1m 28s 1m 39s 2m 23s 1m 38s 1m 35s 1m 46s 1m 24s 17s
RoyalTek Sapphire RGM 1m 02s 1m 0s 56s 41s 55s 54.8s 37s 10s
RoyalTek RBT-3000 57s 46s 43s 41s 55s 48.4s 30s 9s
RoyalTek RGM-2000 48s 52s 40s 45s 39s 44.8s 33s 7s
SysOnChip BT GPS 48s 77s 66s 67s 51s 61.8s 37s 4s
SysOnChip CF Plus (SIRFXTrac) 40s 30s 33s 38s 39s 36s 30s 0s
TFAC MG30 Mouse 1m17s 1m 26s 1m 38s 1m 36s 2m 11s 1m 37s 34s 4s
TomTom Bluetooth GPS 48s 52s 46s 59s 51s 51.2s 37s 3s

 

Fastest

TTFF

Cold

Tests

Slowest

TTFF

Cold

Tests

Manufacturer

Stated

Times

Warm

TTFF

Tests

Manufacturer

Stated

Times

Hot

TTFF

Tests

Manufacturer

Stated

Times

CoPilot CF 54s 1m 22s Not Stated 52s N/A 16s N/A
Emtac Sleeve/CoPilot 37s 46s Not Stated 10s N/A 9s N/A
Emtac/Socket BlueTooth GPS 36s 53s 1m 20s 10s 45s 6s 10s
Garmin eTrex 39s 44s 45s 8s 15s N/A N/A
Garmin eTrex Summit 38s 45s 45s 8s 15s N/A N/A
Garmin eTrex Vista 32s 57s 45s 12s 15s N/A N/A
Garmin GPSMap76 32s 56s 45s 12s 15s N/A N/A
Garmin GPSMap76S 32s 53s 45s 12s 15s N/A N/A
Garmin Geko 101 38s 1m 37s 45s 15s 15s 13s N/A
Garmin Geko 201 34s 45s 45s 19s 15s 10s N/A
HaiCom 302 CF 33s 1m 25s 48s 23s 38s 10s 8s
HaiCom 303 MMF 41s 1m 18s 48s 36s 38s 3s 8s
Holux GM-210 35s 42s 45s 30s 38s 4s 8s
Holux GM-270 50\s 1m 12s 45s 39s 38s 4s 8s
Holux GM-270U 42s 1m 01s 45s 35s 38s 3s 8s
Holux GR-230 39s 1m 02s 45s 39s 38s 5s 8s
LeadTek 9531 / 9532 29s 43s 48s 9s 38s 5s 8s
Magellan Meridian Range of GPS 33s 53s <2m 18s <1m 15s <15s
Magellan SporTrak Range of GPS 37s 47s <5m 19s <1m 16s <15s
Navman 3000 49s 8m 05s 2m 0s 20s 48s 11s 18s
Navman 3400/3420 (ROM 2.1.2) 52s 2m 30s 2m 0s 20s 48s 12s 18s
Navman 3450 (ROM 2.1.2) 48s 1m 09s 2m 0s 20s 48s 11s 18s
Navman 4400 53s 1m 19s n/a 0s n/a 0s n/a
Pretec Compact CF 45s 2m 47s 1m 0s 1m 16s 45s 12s 8s
Pretec Compact LP CF 1m 53s 5m 32s 2m 10s 52s 45s 33s 20s
Rikaline X5 34s 42s 45s 39s 38s 0s 8s
Rikaline X6 34s 1m 00 s 45s 38s 38s 0s 8s
RoyalTek Onyx 1m 28s 2m 23s 45s 3m 0s 45s 17s 20s
RoyalTek Sapphire 41s 1m 02s 45s 37s 38s 10s 45s
RoyalTek RBT-3000 41s 57s 45s 30s 38s 9s 8
RoyalTek RGM-2000 39s 52s 45s 33s 38s 17s 45s
SysOnChip BT GPS 37s 77s 45s 37s  38s 4s 8s
SysOnChip CF Plus (SIRFXTrac) 30s 40s 45s 30s  38s 0s 8s
TFAC MG30 1m 17s 2m 11s 45s 34s  8s 4s 0.1s
TomTom Bluetooth GPS 48s 59s 45s 37s 38s 3s 8s

 

Conclusion

Manufacturers Website

http://www.leadtek.com

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