Single chip GPS

Motorola has developed a new GPS chip that it claims will allow designers to add accurate location sensing to virtually any vehicle at half the cost of current systems.

Working with IBM Microelectronics, Motorola has developed a new assisted global positioning system (A-GPS) device called Instant GPS, that it claims will allow designers to add accurate location sensing to virtually any vehicle at half the cost of current systems.

‘The Instant GPS chip costs less than adding power mirrors as an option,’ said Jacqui Dedo, vice president and general manager of world-wide market operations, Motorola Automotive.

‘The device is smaller, less expensive and consumes less power than alternative two- or three-chip systems, making location-enabled devices such as E-911 compliant cellular phones possible,’ he added.

IBM plans to manufacture the new GPS devices for Motorola using its silicon germanium (SiGe) technology. Sample quantities are planned for the first quarter 2003 and full production parts are planned for the second quarter 2003.

‘Functioning at 20dB greater than today’s systems, the Instant GPS is extremely sensitive, allowing vehicles to be located virtually anywhere, including under dense trees or in a parking garage,’ said Tim McCarthy, director of positioning systems for Motorola Telematics.

‘The Instant GPS also can service consumers in just four seconds compared to current GPS systems which can take up to two minutes to warm up,’ he concluded.

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