NXP launches first GPS chipset following GloNav acquisition

NXP launches first GPS chipset following GloNav acquisition
Following the January 23rd closing of its acquisition of GPS technology provider GloNav, Inc. for US$110 million, NXP Semiconductors today announced its first single-chip, Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) solution. This chipset is designed for use in both mobile phones and standalone Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs). NXP claims “the industry’s smallest, lowest power, lowest system cost GPS solution”.

The NXP GNS7560 is implemented on a 90 nanometer (nm) architecture and features a high performance CMOS RF front end plus correlator engine. Advanced power management modes reduce power consumption to less than 13mW for one-second map updates. “With a package size of less than 9 mm2, the GNS7560 is the smallest GPS chip available, and when integrated with NXP’s Cellular System Solution 7210, also provides the smallest overall solution”, said NXP.

NXP has also integrated this GPS technology into its existing Nexperia Cellular System Solution 7210 for 3G. A demonstration of the Nexperia Cellular System Solution 7210 with integrated GNS7560 will be shown at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

Glonav acquisition was announced on December 21, 2007. GloNav was financially backed by Atlantic Bridge Ventures, a European-based venture capital firm, which has made an investment of $16.2 million. NXP purchased the company for US$85 million in cash plus up to US$25 million in cash contingent upon GloNav reaching certain revenue and product development milestones over the next two years.

Monday, February 4th 2008

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