ST-Ericsson Sells its GPS Chipset Business to Intel

Intel LBS Capabilities Taking Shape Step-by-Step

ST-Ericsson Sells its GPS Chipset Business to Intel
ST-Ericsson yesterday announced that it has sold its GNSS division to a “leading player in the semiconductor industry,” which was later confirmed to be Intel.

“In addition to the assets and IPR associated with this business, a world class team of 130 industry veterans located in Daventry (UK), Bangalore (India) and Singapore are anticipated to join the buyer at closing of the transaction,“ said ST-Ericsson in a statement.

ST Ericsson has two GNSS products: CG1960 and CG2900/CG2905.

CG1960 is a standalone GNSS solution built in 40nm CMOS technology. It supports GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS. It can be enhanced with Cell-ID, WLAN triangulation and inertial sensors.

CG2900 is a single chipset that integrates GNSS, Bluetooth and FM reception.

Intel LBS Strategy
The acquisition of this business by Intel strengthens their LBS portfolio that already included the turn-by-turn GPS navigation software vendor Telmap acquired in 2011.

With this GNSS capability in-house one can now better understand Intel’s long term vision explained by Oren Nissim, the General Manager of Intel Location services (and Telmap CEO), which is about embedding some core LBS services at the chipset level.

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

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