March 2, 2006

Trimble announces Ultra-Thin Copernicus GPS Module

trimblelogo.gifUpping the ante in the GPS chip wars, Trimble has announced a thin, low power GPS chip that can handle tough, low signal situations, according to the company. You might think, "So What!", but as chips improve, we get better devices. So these developments increase the pressure on the already nimble chip field to produce better chips and then we get innovations like the Garmin Forerunner 305 product with better signal reception and long battery life.

Trimble introduced today its new Copernicus(TM) GPS receiver -- a thumbnail-sized, surface-mount, low power module ideal for adding Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities to Bluetooth appliances, sport accessories, personal navigators or cameras, computer and communication peripherals as well as vehicle tracking, navigation, and security products. With major advancements in performance, sensitivity and startup times, the Copernicus GPS module enables system integrators to easily add GPS capability to a mobile device with minimal impact on its size or battery life at a very economical price.

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February 28, 2006

New Ricoh GPS Ready Camera – The Ricoh Pro G3


Ricoh Corporation and GlobalSat Inc., today announced a strategic relationship to provide unprecedented GPS accuracy of geo-coded digital images. GlobalSat's BC-337 is a highly portable CompactFlash GPS Receiver, which utilizes SiRF's Star III low-power chipset. When combined with Ricoh's GPS-Ready Pro G3 Digital Camera, high-resolution images are embedded with precise GPS coordinates. So, not exactly your average point and shoot for the family vacation photos, but an interesting refinement in this area. As we continue to get smaller and more efficient GPS chips, I can see this taking off in the consumer segment. Vacation photos, when taken outdoors, would be great to show along with the fly through capability of Google Maps. No more explanation of “Well, this one was taken over here, and then we walked three blocks, and that’s taken form over there…”

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February 24, 2006

HUGE Sale over at Amazon on GPS Units

There's a big sale going on over at Amazon with some decent cuts in price on a lot of GPS units. See some of the units that are on sale below (Of course Amazon offers Free Shipping on these GPS units):

Mobile/Automotive GPS Receivers
Magellan Roadmate 700
Magellan RoadMate 760
Magellan RoadMate 300
Garmin StreetPilot C2610
Garmin StreetPilot C320
Garmin StreetPilot C330
Garmin StreetPilot C340
Garmin StreetPilot i3
Garmin Streetpilot i5
Lowrance iWay 500c

eTrex Legend C
eTrex Legend
Garmin Forerunner 201
Garmin Forerunner 301
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS
Garmin GPSMAP 60C
Garmin GPSMAP 76CS
Magellan eXplorist 100
Magellan eXplorist 200
Magellan eXplorist 300

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February 20, 2006

In-Car Navigation Systems; Dangerous?


We've all probably done it, play with the GPS while driving down the road, come on and admit it. It's a dangerous thing to do, but it's done anyway. Well it's being reported from the UK that playing with the GPS / SatNav while driving is in fact dangerous and they have the numbers to prove it, or at least imply it.

“One in 10 motorists with navigation systems set off on their journeys without bothering to program their route, and more than half admitted they had then had to take their eyes off the road to input the details whilst driving.
Nearly one in eight did not even bother to check out a route they were unfamiliar with and simply relied on the technology to get them to their destination.

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February 13, 2006

TeleNav Launches Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation on the RIM BlackBerry 7100i


TeleNav Inc. today announced the availability of TeleNav's GPS Navigator, a Java-based GPS navigation application that offers visual and audible, turn-by-turn driving directions and mapping, on the BlackBerry 7100i(TM) from Research In Motion (RIM) . TeleNav GPS Navigator first launched on the BlackBerry 7520(TM) in May 20, 200605 as the first GPS navigation application available on the BlackBerry(R) platform. TeleNav, which is similar to the in-car GPS navigation systems found in luxury vehicles, displays maps, graphical driving cues, speed and direction, and provides audible turn-by-turn directions to help drivers get to their desired locations.

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February 10, 2006

u-blox signs deal with computer parts supplier Conrad

ubloxsupersense.jpgu-blox AG, the number one Swiss provider of innovative GPS receiver technology, today announced the signing of a partnership with Conrad, the leading European mail-order electronics supplier. Conrad has developed a GPS smart antenna based on the u-blox SuperSense LEA-4H flagship module, which is now available at Conrad's retail and online stores. With its built-in USB interface, low power consumption, unrivaled sensitivity and 17 x 22 mm format, the LEA-4H was chosen for its fantastic navigation performance and low cost.

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Gizmondo into Liquidation

The company Gizmondo is going into liquidation and that's not a good thing. Looks like things are not going too well for the handheld game maker that included a GPS and promised GPS based games. Well, the owners of the Gizmondo handheld games console that promised a host of features including GPS and a digital camera alongside a state of the art games console has gone into liquidation according to the hardware site of The Register.

Tiger Telematics, its parent company failed to persuade the English High Court to put the subsidiary into administration.

GPS your Roulette

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Garmin Sues TomTom for Patent Infringement

Ouch - in a tough move Garmin is suing TomTom for patent infringement over several patents that make GPS units easier to use. In lawsuits filed in federal court in Wisconsin, Garmin contends that TomTom is infringing on five Garmin U.S. patents that protect technology used in its Global Positioning System devices.

Among those patents is one that protects Garmin technology designed to simplify the maps showing a vehicle’s location. The technology calculates which streets are important enough to a driver’s route to be displayed on the device’s on-screen maps.

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February 7, 2006

OnStar to get Turn-by-Turn directions

So, while the GPS market is white hot, GM has announced that they are adding turn-by-turn directions to the OnStar service which will allow users to get automated directions from the service without the need for an add-on GPS unit. How good the experience will be, is yet to be determined. So, while the audio only directions will be a nice upgrade to the already impressive service that started out as not much more than a way to unlock your car. At a time when car makers increasingly need to cut prices to attract consumers, the OnStar service can offer other revenue streams that can be very profitable for the auto maker.

How does it work? Read on.....

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February 6, 2006

NemeriX - New low power GPS Chip

NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power RF and base-band chipsets and software for GPS and wireless applications - today announced that it is demonstrating its newly released indoor-, outdoor- and Assisted- GPS solutions at the 3GSM World Congress, February 13-16, in Barcelona.

NemeriX’s NJ2020 is a hosted GPS baseband processor that is specifically designed for the mobile handset market, by combining unmatched power, performance and accuracy, with the industry’s smallest size and form factor. The NJ2020 achieves indoor sensitivity as low as -158 dBm while consuming under 50mW, and is available in a 6x6mm BGA package which utilizes the memory and processor resources already available on a host platform such as a PDA or mobile phone.

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