Mobile Devices

Parsec Antennas Designed for Telit Mini GPS Receiver

January 14, 2014By
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Telit Wireless Solutions and Parsec Technologies today announced that a combination of the companies’ technologies results in a low profile  companion solution for GPS receiver and antenna. For host devices able to accommodate higher volumetric symmetry, assembly of the components can be made to fit a 6 x 16 x 8 millimeter volume. A flat component arrangement can yield an... read more

Quad-Constellation Receiver: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou

January 8, 2014By

The implementation changes and first live tests of BeiDou and Galileo on Teseo-3 GNSS chips developed in 2013 are covered, bringing it to a four-constellation machine. By 2020, we expect to have four global constellations all on the same band, giving us more than 100 satellites — under clear sky, as many as 30 or 40 simultaneously. read more

Nautiz X1 Ultra-Rugged Smartphone Is Now Shipping

December 19, 2013By
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Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, PDAs and smartphones, has started shipping the Nautiz X1. The Nautiz X1 is a rugged enterprise smartphone — it’s waterproof, dustproof, shock-resistant and can handle extreme temperatures, yet it’s also slim, lightweight and smartly designed for both work and play, the company said. The Nautiz X1 is now shipping to customers worldwide.... read more

Qualcomm Introduces Chipset with Integrated 4G LTE World Mode for High-Volume Smartphones

December 9, 2013By

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. According to Qualcomm, the delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption of smartphones in emerging regions, and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are poised to address the needs of consumers as 4G LTE begins to ramp in China. Snapdragon 410 chipsets support... read more

Broadcom Offers GNSS Location Chip with BeiDou Support

December 9, 2013By
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Broadcom Corporation has introduced the BCM47531, a GNSS chip that generates positioning data from five satellite constellations simultaneously — GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, SBAS and BeiDou. The newly added BeiDou constellation increases the number of satellites available to a smartphone, enhancing navigation accuracy, particularly in urban settings where buildings and obstructions can affect performance. More than 226 million mobile phones were... read more

u-blox Launches EVA-7M Standalone GNSS Module

November 20, 2013By
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Swiss-based u‑blox has introduced its smallest standalone GNSS positioning module, the EVA-7M. Designed for cost and space sensitive applications, the highly integrated 7 x 7 x 1.1 mm LGA module comprises all necessary components, including crystal and passives: only an  antenna is needed for global positioning capability. The module supports GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, and all SBAS augmentation systems. Based on... read more

1 Billion Smartphones with Location-Based Sensor Fusion Expected by 2016

November 14, 2013By

As smartphones embrace always-on, ubiquitous location, location-based sensor fusion will become a standard feature. ABI Research’s report, “Location-based Sensor Fusion: Companies, Technologies, and Revenue Opportunities,” outlines how sensor fusion will evolve to support indoor location and the companies best placed to succeed in this space. Location-based sensor fusion will enable the dawn of the quantified self, ambient intelligence, as well... read more

ABI Research: MEMS Sensors and Hands-Free Interfaces will Revolutionize Mobile Devices

November 11, 2013By
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Accelerometers, gyroscopes, near field communications (NFC), and gesture recognition are predicted to be the big winners in mobile devices. These mobile technologies are projected to make the greatest penetration gains over the coming years, according to a recent study by market intelligence firm ABI Research. “Hands-free operation or gesture recognition is soon going to become a key differentiator in high-end... read more