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TI's single chip A-GPS solution delivers low BoM, small size

Posted: 25 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments? ti? assisted global positioning system? A-GPS? 90nm?

TI A-GPS solution in 90nm

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) introduced what it touts as the industry's first single-chip assisted global positioning system (A-GPS) solution in 90nm process technology for mobile phones. A-GPS enables consumers to connect to a satellite from their mobile phone to get directions and maps. Through TI's DRP technology, said the press release, the GPS5300 NaviLink 4.0 single chip offers the smallest system area for a discrete GPS solution, lowest total system cost, low power consumption and high performance A-GPS functionality. To speed the development of A-GPS enabled handsets, the NaviLink single chip is designed to interface with the company's 3G technology and OMAP processors to deliver a complete solution for handset OEMs.

According to Marc Cetto, GM of TI's mobile connectivity business, the GPS5300 NaviLink 4.0 solution delivers low BoM, small size, low power and high performance, which are "fundamental requirements to drive A-GPS penetration in mobile phones. "

The GPS5300 is the first product in TI's NaviLink A-GPS family of solutions providing enhanced positioning capabilities for the handset. This chip features a board area less than 50mm? for the complete system, with rapid time to first fix (TTFF) from weak satellite signals exceeding the A-GPS performance requirements for 3GPP and 3GPP2 operation to enable users to get a fast pinpoint on their location.

"The mobile GPS semiconductor market is expected to exceed 180 million units in 2008, representing a large opportunity over the next several years to deliver location, navigation and safety features on mobile phones," commented Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts.

The GPS5300 NaviLink 4.0 single chip is already sampling and is expected to be in production in 2Q 2006.

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