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Motorola, SiRF to co-develop "location-aware" chips

Posted: 04 Dec 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sirfstarII global positioning system core technology? wireless baseband? processors? sps chipset? mobile device?

SiRF Technology Inc. and Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) have agreed upon integrating SiRF's SiRFstarII Global Positioning System (GPS) core technology with Motorola wireless baseband and applications processors to location-enable a line of the latter's SPS chipsets for mobile devices.

Motorola plans to incorporate SiRF's advanced GPS technology into a line of location-aware wireless baseband and applications processor chipsets to broaden the market for devices used for location-based services. The chipsets will utilize SiRF's SiRFstarII GPS baseband and RFIC core technology.

Further, the two companies plan to develop and jointly market a series of wireless/GPS chipsets for use in the GSM, GPRS and 3G cellular markets, as well as for PDAs. The companies are currently developing joint reference designs for next-generation handsets using existing SiRF GPS and Motorola wireless chipsets.

The first anticipated jointly-developed chip from this agreement is expected to be a GPS RF receiver IC, which will interface to an embedded GPS baseband processor in Motorola cellular platforms or to a SiRF baseband processor. Currently in the sampling stage, these products are expected to be available from SPS beginning in Q2 of 2003.

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