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Qualcomm Tops ABI’s GNSS IC Vendor Assessment, MediaTek Enters Top 3

June 30, 2014By
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ABI Research’s 2014 GNSS IC vendor matrix names Qualcomm as the leading GPS integrated circuit (IC) vendor, followed by Broadcom in second place. For the first time, MediaTek achieves a top three finish after another year of strong growth and robust shipments as a result of its targeted design strategy, ABI Research revealed in its “GNSS IC OEMs” report. The vendor... read more

Regulating Navigation and Mapping Apps?

June 24, 2014By

Steven Spriggs was pulled over by a motorcycle cop for using his iPhone while driving. He immediately held it up to show the officer that he was using Apple Maps, and not talking or texting. More about Mr. Spriggs later. With approval of the pending transportation bill in Congress, smartphone maps and navigation will be regulated. The National Highway Traffic... read more

Interchangeability Accomplished

May 30, 2014By
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Tri-Band Multi-Constellation GNSS in Smartphones and Tablets
In this look at a single-chip BeiDou/Galileo/GLONASS/GPS/QZSS/SBAS architecture for cell phones and tablets, the authors explain advantages of multiple constellations and examine details of system interchangeability, multi-system issues, and how assisted-GNSS data operates with all constellations. read more

Watch out for Falling Coconuts — with GPS

May 27, 2014By
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Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, is looking to reduce any potential deaths from falling coconuts, reports ABC News. The Douglas shire council is mapping the GPS locations of its coconut trees, to reduce the danger. Mayor Julia Leu says more than 4,000 mature coconut palms have been identified in Port Douglas. “All local governments that have coconut palms in their area... read more

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DeCarta Search Engine for LBS Expands to 120 Countries

May 1, 2014By

deCarta, Inc., an independent LBS platform company, has expanded coverage of its advanced local search technology, the L2 Geospatial Search Engine, to 120 countries including Europe, North America, and most major countries around the world. L2 is a high-performance, scalable local search engine with single line input to enable a more intuitive user interface, the company said. deCarta sources and... read more

CSR, OriginGPS Accelerate Adoption of Wearables with Tiny GNSS Modules

April 25, 2014By
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CSR plc and OriginGPS have announced a series of high- performance GNSS modules using CSR’s SiRFstarIV and SiRFstarV product lines. The new modules are 70% smaller than current solutions and deliver a 30% reduction in Time To First Fix (TTFF), making them ideal for health and fitness trackers, sports watches, medical devices, wearable action cameras, and digital still cameras. All... read more

Pitney Bowes, Inrix Join on Location Intelligence for Traffic

April 15, 2014By

Pitney Bowes Inc. has entered into a multi-year partnership with INRIX, Inc., provider of traffic information and driver services, to deliver advanced location intelligence solutions through the company’s traffic intelligence platform. By integrating location capabilities with traffic analysis, INRIX and Pitney Bowes will enhance the driving experience of today’s connected drivers, the companies said. By delivering this information through INRIX’s... read more

SkyTraq Launches Miniature Programmable GNSS Receiver Module

April 11, 2014By
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SkyTraq‘s new family of high-performance system-in-package (SiP) GNSS receiver modules supports GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, QZSS and SBAS.The modules integrate SkyTraq Venus8 positioning engine, 1MByte Flash memory, LNA, SAW filter, high precision 0.5ppm TCXO, RTC crystal, and other passive components within tiny 10mm x 10mm x 1.3mm package. The smallest configuration requires only antenna and power to have position fix and... read more