January 30, 2008

Mio to do Connected GPS with Qualcomm

Mio and Qualcomm announced that they are teaming up to work on a new Mio connected GPS capability. Mio has been talking about connected GPS and now has the partnership to be able to do it in fairly short order I would imagine. The connectivity will allow for higher bandwidth traffic updates and better search abilities. The interface challenge becomes more substantial when you add these items because you need to make this a "60 MPH" interface, and not a web browser that can be read at your leisure.

So, just a few months ago, it looked like Dash Navigation, the pioneers in cellular connected GPS, looked line the lone horse, now Magellan, TomTom and Mio have weighed into the fight. I would imagine that Garmin will have something either at CeBit this March or late this summer for a Holiday launch.

Mio and Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, today announced a collaboration to develop connected personal navigation devices (PNDs). These new connected PNDs will leverage Qualcomm's technology with the QST1100(TM) chipset to deliver industry-leading GPS performance and cellular connectivity for real-time traffic updates, voice call capabilities and more.

"Qualcomm's legacy of wireless communications brings new possibilities to consumer devices, and we are very excited about our relationship with Mio that will bring integrated cellular connectivity, GPS and application processing to PNDs," said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our technology, coupled with Mio's extensive device design expertise, will usher in a new generation of connected consumer devices aimed at propelling the industry toward the next level of functionality."

"Personal navigation devices have been growing dramatically in popularity, and Mio is proud to be one of the first companies to offer the connectivity of cellular networks to PND users, making information access seamless and reliable," said Samuel Wang, president of Mio Technology Corporation. "We are happy to be working with Qualcomm to introduce a new family of PND devices that will allow people to explore more."

With this new collaboration, Mio looks to offer consumers a next-generation GPS device that goes beyond traditional point-to-point navigation. With real-time content, search capabilities and more, Mio's connected PNDs will provide a uniquely dynamic navigation experience that can be customized for any lifestyle. Whether for leisure travel, business travel or the daily commute, Mio's cutting-edge connected PNDs will enable people to explore their environment.

Mio's new connected PNDs will be based on the QST1100 chipset from Qualcomm, the first solution to integrate application processing, GPS and cellular connectivity for ubiquitous connectivity and sleeker form-factors. The QST1100 chipset leverages Qualcomm's gpsOne(R) technology for unsurpassed GPS performance. The fully integrated gpsOne solution supports numerous modes of operation -- including Assisted-GPS, Standalone-GPS and gpsOneXTRA(TM) Assistance technology for enhanced Standalone-GPS performance -- and is the most widely deployed position-location solution in the world. Currently, more than 300 million devices around the world leverage gpsOne technology for accurate, ubiquitous positioning

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 30, 2008 5:34 PM

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