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ABI sees GPS IC shipment rebound in 2010

Posted: 06 Oct 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPS? network? processor? sensor?

While GPS IC shipment growth slowed during 2009, next year should see a 30 percent increase in shipments, according to ABI Research.

The unabated interest in GPS-enabled smart phones during the recession has been a life-saver for the GPS IC industry. And as the world shakes off the recession, future growth will be fueled by the integration of GPS in feature phones across Europe and Asia. It will also help that GPS chips are finding their way into an ever-growing number of new consumer form factors such as MIDs, netbooks, media players, gaming consoles, GPS watches, digital cameras and connected cars.

"With GPS well on the way to becoming a ubiquitous feature across the mobile consumer space, GPS chipsets are subject to increasingly challenging requirements," says Dominique Bonte, practice director, ABI Research. "Many new LBS services such as social networking, tracking, logging, and geo-tagging require always-on, instant operation even in the absence of network assistance and without sacrificing battery life or increasing cost. This has prompted both u-blox and CSR to design their new u-blox 6 and SiRFStar IV/SiRFaware architectures, optimized for battery-powered portable devices."

Other important trends include the adoption of post-processing for geo-tagging and tracking applications as implemented by u-blox in its "Capture & Process" technology, support for new GNSS systems such as Glonass and Galileo, jammer remover functionality, sensor support, SoC implementations such as STMicroelectronics' Cartesio+ application processor and Broadcom's BCM4760 "PND-on-a-chip", and software-based GPS Fastrax.





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