Actually, 10hz  consumer GPS  has been around for a couple of years now. Ublox have a chipset that produces 10hz data in binary output that sits our purposes very well. Kean Rogers, Manfred Fuchs and Chris Lockwood (and probably others)have been experimenting with this chipset in bluetooth dongles for some time. The problem for our use is that the only GPS units commercially available can not internally record the data at the 10hz rate. They need to be connected to some other device to do this, like a bluetooth pocket PC, which can record the 10hz data. Manfred has used his considerable skill to physically attach a wired in SD card recorder to make prototype units that can record the data directly to the card and he reports that they can give us a significant advance in accuracy.

Unfortunately for us, no manufacturer has seen a business case to add this recording feature to a stand alone 10hz GPS.

We have asked Locosys to develop the GT-31 platform with the Ublox 10hz chip but so far we have not had a positive response.

That Garmin are progressing to 10hz is a positive sign. It indicates that they, and other manufacturers of consumer GPS may see market benefits in developing more 10hz consumer products. I am confident that we will eventually get this capability in a package that suits our needs, but when and how remains to be seen.

Locosys themselves seem to have a few GPS chipsets that support 10Hz update rate, there's the MC-1513 for instance. Other possible candidates (not by Locosys) are the UP-501 by Fastrax, which are both relatively easy to interface to. However, these modules are quite expensive so I can see why Locosys isn't too fast at jumping on the band wagon unless there's a real business case for it (and I don't think speed surfers are big enough a business case unfortunately...).


I think we will se a new foretrex from Garmin with 10 Hz in 2013. Totally waterproof with Bluetooth. We might need to have the antenna on the helmet though, but that could be a good thing.

Remember our needs are a bit more specific than just 10 hz update rate. We need Doppler data and the accuracy data as well among other things. Those chipsets that can output the raw binary data will be vital.

I'll look into it. Could be a fun after-work project to work on on windless days. :P