Motorola to make a smaller, more affordable GPS chip

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Moto is going to make it easier and cheaper for PDA and other electronics makers to integrate GPS chips into their new devices. New chips cost 25% of the old ones and are smaller and more power efficient than current options.

“All of a sudden, starting 10 or 15 years ago, every electronics device had a clock,” said Tim McCarthy, business director for GPS at Motorola’s Automotive Group’s Telematics Division. “I see position awareness going down that same path. It’s just a question of how long it takes.”

The Instant GPS chip measures only 49 square millimeters, or less than half the area of a Pentium 4 chip. It will sell for roughly $10 in volume quantities, allowing device makers to add GPS for about a quarter of the cost of the current multiple chipsets, which cost about $40, McCarthy said.

Motorola would certainly love to have their new chip in small electronics. Well, as PDA users, we would too! It seems Moto will start shipping small numbers of the new chip in November. We can expect to see new devices with this integrated chip in time for the Holidays 2003.

Motorola has contracted with IBM to manufacture the new chips.

Brian

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