Garmin to release Palm OS 5 GPS device powered by Motorola

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Motorola has announced that Garmin International will use it’s new second generation DragonBall MXL applications processor in their new familty of GPS devices.

One of the reasons to select a Moto chip over ARM processors is the Moto uses much less power leading to reduced power consumption. Motorola claims that battery life could be as much as eight times longer than competing processors. For Garmin, battery life was more important than processing power. Most consumers would agree…dead betteries in a GPS unit is bad news.

 “The new DragonBall MXL processor is a great addition to the full DragonBall portfolio, enabling Motorola to provide developers and manufacturers with a growing range of options to help tailor their designs and meet different feature needs at different price points,” said Pete Shinyeda, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Wireless and Broadband Systems Group. “Ultimately, we think power performance is the best way to measure applications processor capabilities.”

The new processors will go into full production in 1Q 2003. In quantity the chips sell for $10.30 each.

Brian

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