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Mobile computing, CE apps propel GPS growth

Posted: 04 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile computing? consumer electronics? GPS?

Although mobile handset are set continue to dominate shipments of devices with integrated GPS, the next growth spurt will come from mobile consumer electronics (CE) and mobile computing applications, according to a new In-Stat report. Mobile computing and CE devices will comprise over 100 million units in 2013.

"With growing attach rates and market maturity, GPS chipset providers must carefully evaluate which technologies to integrate into single chip solutions," says Jim McGregor, In-Stat's chief technology strategist. "Integration of the RF front-end and base band processor may not be enough. For example, which radio makes the most sense to integrate with, given the single mini-card slot of PC-based platforms?"

The research also found that although the number of devices shipping with integrated GPS is increasing, the attach rates and the devices shipments have been hampered by the faltering economy. In-Stat predicted that by 2012, there will be more CE devices with integrated GPS shipping than there are standalone personal navigation devices.

The report also noted that mobile computing holds a lot of promise for GPS with 26 million GPS-enabled units shipping in 2013, but there are barriers. In the netbook segment for example, cost, integrating yet another antenna, only one mini-card slot will inhibit adoption. CPUs must be integrated (ARM, x86, Mips) to manage the host processor load, while infrastructure radios (802.11, WiMAX, LTE) are likely candidates for integration according to In-Stat.





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