SiRF signs with Mio for dead reckoning sensors in PNDs

SiRF signs with Mio for dead reckoning sensors in PNDs
SiRF yesterday announced SiRFDiRect, a technology that integrates the GPS SiRFstarIII architecture with low-cost heading and acceleration sensors to boost the accuracy of portable navigation systems when GPS signals are weak or blocked, such as in dense urban canyons and tunnels. SiRF is also announcing a first client: Mio Technology which has announced its plans to deploy SiRFDiRect under the name “Navsteadi” into its range of Portable Navigation Devices.

“The new technology co-worked by SiRF and Mio, gives our customers the best of both worlds; reliable performance in the most challenging GPS conditions, expected of the typical high-end navigation system, while maintaining the traditional cost and portability advantages of Mio systems,” said Samuel Wang, president of Mio Technology Ltd..

In its press release SiRF claims that this is a breakthrough technology, but SiRF is not the first GPS chipset manufacturer to offer this kind of functionality. Two months ago we featured the LEA-4R GPS module from the Swiss company u-blox that does exactly the same (read more here ) and is already available as sample, while the SiRFDiRect technology and complete reference designs will be available in the third quarter of 2007 with the GSC3e/LP and GSC3f/LP chip sets.

Wednesday, June 6th 2007

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