Motorola Intros GPS Chip
CHICAGO -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) , working with IBM Microelectronics, today announced a breakthrough technology for adding accurate location sensing to virtually any portable electronics product. The new technology, called Motorola Instant GPS, is a self-contained, single-chip, assisted global positioning system (A-GPS) receiver small enough to fit into a wristwatch. Because it is the first truly single-chip GPS solution, it is expected to lead to a new generation of portable electronic products such as cameras that time- and location-stamp photos, PDAs with maps and real time navigation and E-911 compliant cellular phones that can find friends, family members, restaurants and nearby shops with goods on sale. Motorola Instant GPS is the first truly single-chip GPS solution in the world, combining Motorola's GPS design with IBM's leading-edge silicon germanium (SiGe) chip-making technology. The companies worked together to integrate IBM's technology to optimize the design. IBM plans to manufacture the new GPS chips for Motorola; samples are available immediately for OEM suppliers of portable electronic devices. "Location awareness is a fundamental human need," said Tim McCarthy, director of positioning systems for Motorola Telematics. "By their very nature, portable consumer electronic devices are always on the move. Knowing your precise location at any instant allows your device to offer a whole range of new applications that will lead to an explosion of growth for location- based services. With this combination of Motorola and IBM technology, portable electronic product designers can now add location awareness as easily as they can add a real time clock." Motorola Inc.