January 5, 2008

Goodyear GPS to Launch Eight GPS Units


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Goodyear tire has lent their brand for use on a line of fairly advanced GPS units being announced at CES 2008. The line-up looks pretty sophisticated with MSN direct capabilities in the higher end. The new line of eight GPS units will go from the small keychain unit (GY100K) up to the GY540 a 4.3 inch widescreen unit that has a lot of bells and whistles. The design elements on these is interesting and appears from the renderings that they will have a multi-textured exterior with some having a design element of tire tread.... humm, is that an all season tread or a summer only deal? The units are going to be available in Q2 2008.

People familiar with Mio and other manufacturers will recognize the iGo interface on the unit, a software company that has been manufacturing navigation software for a while now. I think that it's one of the better interfaces, but this is the first time I have seen it integrate MSN Direct features.

Engadget is reporting on the featuresets of the line (after the jump).

GY100K (keychain)

o SiRF Star III


o Bluetooth


o 10-hour battery life

GY130

o 3.5-inch touchscreen


o Centrality GPS chip


o 324MHz Atlas III CPU


o 64MB internal storage, 1GB SD


o WinCE 5.0


o MP3 playback


o 6-hour battery life

GY140

o 4.3-inch touchscreen


o Centrality GPS chip


o 300MHz Atlas II CPU


o 64MB internal storage, 1GB SD


o WinCE 4.2


o MP3 playback


o 6-hour battery life

GY230

o 3.5-inch touchscreen


o Centrality GPS chip


o 400MHz Samsung ARM9 CPU


o 2GB internal storage, 1GB SD


o WinCE 4.2


o MP3 / AVI playback


o 8-hour battery life

GY330

o 3.5-inch touchscreen


o SiRF Star III GPS chip


o 400MHz Samsung ARM9 CPU


o 2GB internal storage, 1GB SD


o WinCE 5.0


o Optional MSN Direct access


o MP3 / AVI playback


o FM transmitter


o A/V inputs


o 8-hour battery life

GY340

o 4.3-inch touchscreen


o SiRF Star III GPS chip


o 400MHz Samsung ARM9 CPU


o 2GB internal storage, 1GB SD


o WinCE 5.0


o Bluetooth handsfree controls


o Optional MSN Direct access


o MP3 / AVI playback


o FM transmitter


o A/V inputs


o 8-hour battery life


GY440

o 4.3-inch touchscreen


o SiRF Star III GPS chip


o 400MHz Samsung ARM9 CPU


o 2GB internal storage, 1GB SD


o WinCE 5.0


o Bluetooth handsfree controls


o 1 year of MSN Direct access


o MP3 / AVI playback


o FM transmitter


o A/V inputs


o 8-hour battery life


GY540

o 4.3-inch touchscreen


o SiRF Star III GPS chip


o 400MHz Samsung ARM9 CPU


o 2GB internal storage, 2GB SD


o WinCE 5.0


o Bluetooth handsfree controls


o Separate Bluetooth handsfree remote control


o 1 year of MSN Direct access


o MP3 / AVI playback


o FM transmitter


o A/V inputs


o Voice memos


o Stereo speakers


o 8-hour battery life


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Posted by Scott Martin at January 5, 2008 7:32 PM

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