Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF24AP2-8CH ANT chip has been selected for Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Pioneer's Potter-Navi SGX-CN700 cycle navigation system. The Potter-Navi, essentially a sat nav for cyclists, uses a 2.4-in colour LCD display. The unit displays navigation information as well as the location of local amenities and points of interest along the route.
During the ride, users can collect data wirelessly from ANT+ heart rate-, speed-, and cadence-sensors for immediate display on the system's screen - in figures, graphical or meter format - and for uploading to the Internet via a built-in 3G link. The user can then access the information later via a Pioneer website to compare their ride with other excursions. Initially released in Japan, Potter-Navi comes with two year's free 3G connectivity courtesy of NTT DoCoMo. The system will be introduced to Europe later this year and North America in 2013.
The device is equipped Nordic's ANT chip, running ultra low power ANT RF protocol and application software developed by long-time partner ANT Wireless of Cochrane, Canada, which allows the navigation system to seamlessly communicate with a wide range of proven ANT+ wireless sensors.
The nRF24AP2-8CH ANT chip integrates an ultra low power 2.4GHz transceiver with ANT software, to create a true Single-Chip-Connectivity solution. The chip can support up to eight sensors simultaneously without compromising power consumption.