Mio to work with Qualcomm for connected PNDs

Mio to work with Qualcomm for connected PNDs
PND manufacturer Mio Technology and Qualcomm today announced a collaboration to develop connected personal navigation devices (PNDs). These new connected PNDs will leverage Qualcomm's technology with the QST1100 chipset that integrates application processing, GPS and cellular connectivity (UMTS).

Mio was already displaying a concept of connected PND at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few weeks ago (read here). The company’s connected portable navigation system concept is a slim device that features a flat-panel design. It can conduct local searches for the latest point-of-interest information and other real-time data like gas prices and movie times.

Until now SiRF has been the exclusive supplier of GPS chipset to Mio. However this partnership with Qualcomm will not hurt SIRF in the short term: there will be some time before this kind of connected PNDs get shipped into large volumes.

Wednesday, January 30th 2008

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