Atheros' GPS chip to power Mio and Magellan PNDs

Atheros' GPS chip to power Mio and Magellan PNDs
Atheros Communications, Inc. announced today that several new Mio and Magellan personal navigation devices (PNDs) now leverage Atheros' ROCm GPS technology.

The AR1511 is a highly-integrated GPS receiver comprised of a single-conversion RF front-end and a GPS baseband processor combined on a single die. The AR1511 provides 44-channel GPS operation and is based on an optimized 16-bit DSP with an embedded real-time operating system (RTOS). The AR1511 comes with the ORION v3.1, a GPS navigation software package that supports hosted, autonomous, assisted-conventional, and single-fix Assisted-GPS (AGPS) modes.

Atheros offers multiple options for either standalone or hosted applications. The Atheros AR1511 is available in both CSP and BGA packages. The Mio and Magellan PNDs are based on Atheros' CSP hosted solution.

"Atheros' unique solution architecture eliminated our need for additional software programming and enabled us to significantly reduce time to market with our new GPS product lines," said Samuel Wang, president of Mio Technology. "We are delivering a superior navigation experience by leveraging Atheros' ROCm GPS technology to enable fast location fixes and exceptional reliability for our customers."

With this announcement Mio is departing from a long time partnership with SiRF.

Tuesday, April 14th 2009

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