August 27, 2007

Garmin uses MediaTek Chipsets in Legend HCx


DigiTimes is reporting that the Garmin has included a MediaTech chipset in the new Garmin eTrex Legend HCx. Not a surprising move, as there's more than just the SiRF star III chipset on the market for high sensitivity chipsets. Recall just last week, is was announced that Garmin would use STMicroelectronics' Teseo GPS chipset in some GPS units.

I just reviewed the Garmin RINO 530 HCx that had a high sensitivity non-SiRF chipset in it, and the unit performed very well in tree cover and tight hilly terrain.

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 27, 2007 7:28 PM

Recent Comments

This isn't breaking news. All the "H" products use Mediatek. You don't have to have a product teardown to prove it; they announce it on the boot screens.

H series uses Mediatek.

Nuvi 200 lines use a mixture of chips. See

Sirf's exclusivity on receivers that don't lose lock when there's a tree visible on the horizon is over. There are lots of players in the market.

Posted by: Robert Lipe at August 28, 2007 5:27 PM
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