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New High-Sensitivity DeLorme Earthmate GPS LT-40
Marvin Hlavac
DeLorme Press Release
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New DeLorme Earthmate® GPS LT-40 Debuts with

High-Sensitivity Teseo™ Chipset, 3-D Cockpit View

ConstantLock™ Signal Retention, UMPC Support, Aerial Imagery, and More


April 7 , 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Charlie Conley
207-846-7000 ext. 2149
charlie.conley@delorme.com

YARMOUTH, Maine —DeLorme, the leading digital mapping, software, and GPS provider, today announced the release of its Earthmate GPS LT-40, a next generation GPS for laptop PCs. The LT-40 features the STMicroelectronics Teseo chipset for superior signal acquisition, retention, and positional accuracy, even in challenging urban GPS environments.

This launch also debuts Street Atlas USA® 2009 DVD mapping software, for family and everyday use, and the more feature-rich Street Atlas USA 2009 PLUS DVD, aimed at business and advanced users. In addition to the U.S., each also covers Canada (street-level detail) and Mexico (main roads).

Breakthrough New Low Price Expands the Market

Both software titles, along with the LT-40, support the new generation of ultra-mobile personal computers (UMPCs). This is in keeping with DeLorme's commitment to supporting the latest hardware advances.

New
NavMode Option

New with Earthmate GPS LT-40 is the NavMode option, a "cockpit view" featuring improved deployment of navigation information and user controls.

NavMode also delivers an optional 3-D perspective that displays a more horizontal look at the streets and roads ahead (built on DeLorme's renowned 3-D mapping engine).

ConstantLock Signal Retention

A primary strength of the LT-40 is its new high-sensitivity, Teseo-driven ConstantLock signal retention. Signals as weak as -159dBm are routinely acquired and maintained without sacrificing positional accuracy.

With STMicroelectronics' and DeLorme's groundbreaking Kalman filtering, the LT-40 maintains its fix even amid tall buildings, and in high radio frequency (RF) areas (e.g. close proximity to cell phone towers). The LT-40 is WAAS-enabled for accuracy within three meters, and has a redesigned RF front end. It uses STMicroelectronics' Galileo-ready STA5620 chipset based on advanced low power BiCMOS SiGe technology.

Preferred by Serious Users

While after-market GPS personal navigation devices (PNDs) have been growing rapidly in popularity, a sizeable segment of serious users still prefer the large-screen perspective and powerful mapping software that a laptop enables. "The LT-40 is a very practical GPS solution for anyone with a laptop PC," said Caleb Mason, Director of Marketing at DeLorme. "It offers advanced GPS capabilities at a very low cost—just $69.95 with Street Atlas USA® 2009 software included.

"Our research is telling us that many GPS power users who are already traveling with a laptop PC prefer the large screen for GPS navigation, because it displays so much more geographic area; they also want the ability to plan trips and utilize the full computing power of a laptop, compared to the more limited trip-planning capabilities that installed GPS systems and after-market PNDs can provide."

Broad Array of Planning and Navigation Features

Indeed, the LT-40 and included Street Atlas USA 2009 software deliver a broad array of high-end trip-planning and navigation features, including automatic road routing, over 4 million searchable places of interest, interactive voice technology, (spoken directions with street and road names and numbers, and responses to a user's spoken questions and commands), automatic back-on- track routing if detours or side trips take the user off course, and GPS radar to locate nearby restaurants, lodgings, and other places of interest while traveling.

In addition to the LT-40, DeLorme is also offering the Earthmate GPS LT-40 PLUS, which comes with Street Atlas USA 2009 PLUS DVD software.

Street Atlas USA and Street Atlas USA PLUS

With the 2009 release, both versions of Street Atlas USA include UMPC support, plus hundreds of thousands of added roads and updated road names. In addition, countless sports venues— professional, college, and NASCAR— have been added to the data.

The Street Atlas USA software products are what drive all the navigation, travel planning, routing, and GPS management capabilities available to LT-40 users. In addition to those touched on above, they include a wide variety of map customizing features and flexible print options.

Import Usable Aerial Imagery


Users can also access usable aerial imagery via the software's NetLink tab. Unlike what's available online, DeLorme imagery can be used for GPS tracking, and users can add Map Notes or other custom edits to the imagery—for example, to label landmarks. Users also have the option to overlay DeLorme road data.

Street Atlas USA 2009 PLUS Capabilities

Street Atlas USA PLUS DVD users will find all of the detail and capabilities available in the regular version; PLUS users also receive 150 million residential and business phone listings for the U.S. and Canada; and the ability to import and geo-locate data from programs such ACT!, Excel spreadsheets, and other programs. PLUS also enables large-format printing and the ability to embed links to photos, documents, and Web URLs in the map data.

The Earthmate GPS LT-40, Street Atlas USA 2009 DVD and Street Atlas USA 2009 PLUS DVD are all available at electronics stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. They can also be purchased direct from DeLorme at www.delorme.com, or by calling 800-561-5105. The Earthmate GPS LT-40 PLUS can be purchased at U.S. retailers, and direct from DeLorme.

About DeLorme

DeLorme offers a unique set of core competencies across the complex areas of map data creation and management, software development, and integration within GPS technologies. This ability to understand and develop all the critical components necessary to compete in the fast-changing world of GPS and digital mapping provides DeLorme with a unique competitive advantage. The company is one of a handful of mapmakers that still own and produce their own content. The longtime leader in map-based solutions for both consumer and professional markets, DeLorme is well-known for its GIS-based software applications including Street Atlas USA, Topo USA, and XMap Professional. Recent innovations include the Earthmate GPS PN-20 handheld receiver, the Earthmate GPS BT-20 with dual Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and the DeLorme GPS2058 Receiver Module for OEM electronic systems. Located in Yarmouth, Maine, DeLorme is home to Eartha™, the world's largest rotating globe.
marusian
I expect to receive this tomorrow. However, since Marvin Hlavac recommended the GlobalSat BU-353 USB GPS Receiver, and my research has found rave reviews of it, I wonder if I should return the LT40 package unopened and order just the DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2009 PLUS software?

Is the GlobalSat a much better GPS Receiver than the LT-40?

Thanks for the advice in advance. John
marusian
I failed to state that the package I was to receive was DeLorme Earthmate GPS LT-40 With DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2009 Plus - not just the LT-40. The software package without the LT-40 hardware would be $40 less, and the BU-353 costs less than $40 online.
Marvin Hlavac
Hi marusian,

Welcome to Laptop GPS World.

BU-353 USB GPS receiver is based on the SiRFstarIII chip. First GPS receivers based on SiRFstarIII, started to sell in 2005, if I recall correctly. Those days SiRFstarIII units were clearly superior (in sensitivity) to any other GPS receiver on the market. Now (2008), some three years later, you can buy any brand new GPS receiver without worrying that you are buying an inferior product.

SiRFstarIII is able to track GPS signals as low as -159dBm. (To acuire a fix, the signal needs to be a bit stronger.)

A quote from the above press release about the new DeLorme Earthmate® GPS LT-40: "Signals as weak as -159dBm are routinely acquired and maintained without sacrificing positional accuracy."

I'd say open the package and start enjoying it.

Tell us about your first impressions.
rightoption
after much finding im reaching on the right point " the GPS World"

im much intrested in GPS and GPS realated product . so i can dig more from here. Mahesh Motivaras
Marvin Hlavac
Hi Mahesh,

:welcome: to Laptop GPS World.

Look around the forum, feel free to ask questions, and chances are good you fill find the rightoption for you.
gon2srf
Great webite!

Is it of your opinion that this package offered by Delorme would be sufficient for a new user of GPS via laptop? Any one have any first hand experience with the hardware/software and if so could you list any pros/cons on this Delorme package?

The package is offered on the web from Delorme at $149.95 plus shipping. The laptop I would be using is a Dell Inspiron 6000.

# Earthmate GPS LT-40 with 5' attached USB cable
# Topo USA 7.0 National DVD-ROM software (two discs – Install and Data)
# Street Atlas USA 2009 DVD-ROM software

http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtdItemDetail.jsp?item=28088&section=10122
Marvin Hlavac
Hi gon2srf,

:welcome: to Laptop GPS World.

That package should keep you happy if you need both: navigation on road and off road. I haven't tried the Topo, but others have. Street Atlas is fine, and feature rich program. I just wish the road map data came from different source, as it is far from perfect in my area (Toronto, Canada).
Ashtonian
You won't believe this but It's true.
This thing is so accurate that just before I park at work there's a pot hole where we all avoid by 5 or 6 feet and looking back at the breadcrumb trail you can tell that I did that small deviation.
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