Nuvi 200 series to use SiRF Star III LP
So, when I reviewed the Nuvi 250 a few weeks back, Garmin was a little guarded about the chipset used in the Nuvi 200 series, well it appears that they will be in fact using a SiRF star IIILP chipset according to GPS Business News. The competition is fierce for GPS chipset manufacturers, just check out the mini-war between SiRF and Global Locate, as the market soars, so do the stakes in this war. Word had it that Garmin would use MediaTek for their Nuvi 200 series, and honestly if that's what was in the Nuvi 250 I used, I'd be fine with that. In practice, I thought it worked well.
Craig Ellison at PC Mag didn't see it that way in his review as he saw differences indoors and wasn't happy despite the fact that the Nuvi 250 he had wasn't noticeably different in actual use.
Either way, I am looking forward to seeing the street prices when the Nuvi 200, Nuvi 250 and Nuvi 270 come out later this month.
I've got a lot more information on the Nuvi 200/250/270
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Posted by Scott Martin at April 15, 2007 8:29 PM