Cambridge Positioning Systems (CPS) is to integrate its Enhanced Observed Time Difference (E-OTD) location technology into a range of TI GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) chipsets for mobile handsets and wireless PDAs.
Once the integration process is complete, TI will be able to offer a range of products from a complete GSM terminal solution to an E-OTD ready chipset, including platform reference design, partial platform and a baseband chipset.
The agreement with TI comes in response to growing demand from GSM device manufacturers seeking to launch E-OTD enabled handsets on the US market, in line with the FCC E-911 requirements for emergency call location. By the end of this year, all new GSM devices must be E-OTD enabled to meet the mandate.
Integration and evaluation – expected to take three months – will take place at CPS’ integration facility in Cambridge, UK in conjunction with TI and its newly acquired software group TI Berlin, formerly Condat.