Marvell enters GPS market, licenses technology from Trimble

Marvell enters GPS market, licenses technology from Trimble
Marvell, a manufacturer of processors for storage, communications and consumer products yesterday said it has entered into a GPS software technology licensing agreement with Trimble. With this agreement, Marvell gains direct access to Trimble's full GPS Digital Signal Processor (DSP) software as well as tools for development support and testing.

“Access to Trimble's market leading GPS technology complements Marvell's wireless and application processor initiatives for WiFi, Bluetooth, FM, multi-function radio, application processors and cellular processor devices”, said the company in a press release.

"This agreement will enable the combination of personal navigation devices with Marvell's innovative application processors to provide state-of-the-art location-based capabilities to consumers," said Bill Dussell, Director of Trimble's Integrated Products, Advanced Devices Group. "With the strong demand today for GPS, we are excited to work with an industry leader such as Marvell and offer our full range of GPS DSP software products."

Two years ago Marvell bought Intel’s cellular and handheld business for $600 million. Today the Sunnyvale company is a low tier provider to the Smartphone market, competing with Texas Instruments and Qualcomm.

Tuesday, August 26th 2008

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