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SiRF, NXP partner on GPS-enabled 3G handsets

Posted: 14 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SiRF Technology? NXP Semiconductors? 3G? GPS? wireless?

SiRF Technology Holdings Inc. announced a collaboration with NXP Semiconductors to speed the development of cost-effective, location-aware 3G wireless handsets.

Expected to be available in Q2 of this year, the reference design will feature Nexperia cellular system solution 7210 with SiRF's single-chip SiRFstarIII GSC3LT A-GPS receiver. The GSC3LT delivers flagship SiRFstarIII multimode A-GPS performance with power management and control functions to help lower power consumption as well as reduce complexity and bill of material costs, the company said.

The reference design will also incorporate SiRF's patented SiRFLoc software, which optimizes mobile phones to support a wide range of location-based services based on both control plane and user plane architectures. SiRF added that the standards-based SiRFLoc client software is fully supported by the SiRFLoc Server, a carrier-class, standards-compliant, multimode Aided- GPS location server that enables wireless carriers to support a wide range of location-based services with greater efficiency and better-controlled network loading.

"Combining the NXP Nexperia cellular system solution 7210 with SiRFstarIII architecture technology provides a A-GPS reference design that will help drive down the cost and speed the development of next-generation, location-aware wireless handsets," said Kanwar Chadha, founder and vice president of marketing for SiRF.

"SiRF's industry expertise and experience in enabling wireless A-GPS handsets ensure that together we can provide handset manufacturers with new 3G reference designs that deliver significant improvements on traditional and existing GPS services," said Marc Humbert, product manager at NXP.

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