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TI Single Chip Drives Mapping, Emergency and Location-based Services in Mobile Phones

NaviLink(TM) A-GPS 4th Generation Solution Delivers Smallest, Lowest Cost, Low Power and High Performance System through TI's DRP(TM) Technology

Nov 21, 2005

DALLAS (Nov. 21, 2005) -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today introduced the industry's first single-chip assisted global positioning system (A-GPS) solution in 90 nanometer (nm) process technology for mobile phones. A-GPS enables consumers to connect to a satellite from their mobile phone to get directions and maps to the nearest ATM or store, find friends who may be nearby and location information in emergency situations. Through TI's innovative DRPTM technology, the GPS5300 NaviLinkTM 4.0 single chip offers the smallest system area for a discrete GPS solution, lowest total system cost, low power consumption and high performance A-GPS functionality. To speed the development of A-GPS enabled handsets, the NaviLink single chip is optimized to interface with TI's 3G technology and OMAPTM processors to deliver a complete solution for handset OEMs. (See: www.ti.com/navilink_4.) 
"A-GPS capabilities are becoming a must-have feature for 3G mobile phones in many regions around the world," said Marc Cetto, general manager of TI's Mobile Connectivity Business. "A low bill of materials, small size, low power and high performance are fundamental requirements to drive A-GPS penetration in mobile phones, all of which TI delivers with the GPS5300 NaviLink 4.0 solution."
To speed time to market of NaviLink solution-based A-GPS mobile phones TI is also collaborating with Murata to deliver a module option to handset OEMs. "We have been very impressed with the GPS5300 NaviLink single-chip GPS solution from TI. We were able to develop the smallest A-GPS module in the industry today with great GPS performance just two weeks after we received samples," said Norio Nakajima, General Manager from Murata Mfg. Co. Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of modules for mobile phones.

The GPS5300 is the first product in TI's NaviLink A-GPS family of solutions providing enhanced positioning capabilities for the handset. The GPS5300 NaviLink 4.0 single chip uses TI's DRP technology and 90 nm advanced process manufacturing to deliver:

  • The industry's smallest discrete A-GPS solution with a board area less than 50mm2 for the complete system; 
  • The industry's lowest cost complete A-GPS system by delivering a total bill of materials that is over 50 percent less than existing GPS solutions; 
  • A low power solution with power management integrated on-chip, as well as direct connect to battery for easy incorporation into mobile phone designs. 
  • A high performing A-GPS solution with rapid time to first fix (TTFF) from weak satellite signals exceeding the A-GPS performance requirements for 3GPP and 3GPP2 operation to enable users to get a fast pinpoint on their location.

"The mobile GPS semiconductor market is expected to exceed 180 million units in 2008 representing a large opportunity over the next several years to deliver location, navigation and safety features on mobile phones," said Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts. "TI's NaviLink single chip is delivering the size, total cost and performance needed to drive A-GPS deployments in mobile phones."


The GPS5300 NaviLink 4.0 single chip is sampling now and is expected to be in production in 2Q 2006.