January 14, 2006

Globalsat Launches Globalsat BC-337 Compact Flash GPS Receiver

Globalsat has announced another GPS receiver, this time a compact flash card based GPS receiver that uses the SiRF star III chipset. With its 20 channel capability and its low power draw this should be a pretty good piece of hardware.

"Unlike traditional GPS receivers which require separate antennas or wires, the BC-337 is an integrated receiver with a built-in patch antenna designed to fit directly into the Compact Flash or PCMCIA slot. The BC-337 was designed in SiRF Star III with wireless consumer applications in mind; it will give accurate readings from up to 20 channels. The BC-337 has an exceptional accuracy of WAAS which makes it ideal for detailed turn-by-turn mapping. The BC-337 is an inexpensive, flexible alternative to traditional navigation systems. The BC-337 is truly transportable. Insert it into your PDA and place it in a convenient spot in your car and enjoy the benefits of using your additional mapping software for intelligent route calculation and voice-prompted, turn-by-turn navigation instructions."

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HP and Michelin team up for the ViaMichelin iPAQ rx1950 Navigator

HP has a pretty good little PDA business, and in a move similar to TomTom last year, HP is teaming up with a well known travel partner to launch a GPS device. Recall that TomTom is making a MapQuest PND in the US - see our story.

The solution offers a variety of smart features for accurate turn-by-turn visual and voice guidance to any address in the UK1 - just plug in and go. In addition, integrated wireless WLAN capability ensures connectivity from home, at work and on the road. It is targeted for launch in the UK.

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TomTom buys Applied Generics

TomTom has made a big move into traffic data feeds in Europe signaling the importance of the traffic feed features of GPS in the coming years. Applied Generics has developed technology to generate real time road traffic flow data based on mobile network usage and cell switching data. The technology is already commercially deployed so this isn't some pipe dream lab experiment. Basically the technology passively looks at how mobile phone users are (or are not) switching between towers and determines traffic flow characteristics form their calculated speed.

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January 12, 2006

U-Blox LEA-4A low cost GPS Chip

Another tiny low cost, highly sensitive GPS chip is hitting the market. As more and more of these hit the market, expect GPS devices to drop in cost, size and more GPS enabled products will come to market.

The LEA-4A, a mere 17 x 22 mm in size, is u-blox' new low-cost GPS module, featuring the recently released 16-channel ANTARIS 4 receiver technology developed jointly by Atmel and u-blox. The LEA-4A module provides high performance using 40% less power than its predecessor (the LEA-LA) and includes a USB port for flexible connectivity, high data rates and combined power and data transmission over one link.

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JVC announced at the CES show the launch of their entry into the Portable Navigation device category with the JVC KP-PX9; rolls right off the tongue doesn't it? This little number comes with a 3.5" touch screen and a 20GB hard drive and the ability to play music and movies. The size puts it in competition with the Lowrance iWay 350C, and the Garmin C-series. Neither can play movies though, and that's where the premium price of around $800 comes in for this little number.

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Garmin Exclusive GPS supplier to BMW and MINI in UK

Garmin has struck a deal in the UK to be the exclusive dealer of portable GPS units for dealerships in the UK for BMW and Mini's. Garmin will make available the StreetPilot C310, StreetPilot C320, StreetPilot C330 and the Garmin nuvi 350.

"Drivers throughout the UK have recognized Garmin as the leader in GPS because of our years of experience, proven reliability, and diverse product line," said Sean Biddlecombe, Garmin's director of international marketing. "We are very pleased to have been selected by BMW as their portable GPS navigation supplier, and we look forward to working together to provide BMW and MINI customers with GPS navigation."

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January 11, 2006

Directed Electronics NAV350 GPS

Directed Electronics, announced at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show that it is entering the vehicle navigation category with the NAV350 Portable Navigation System. These folks make a couple of interesting portable video products, so I guess they thought it might be good to jump on the GPS bandwagon. I'll keep my eyes open to bring more on this - sorry the news is brief.

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World's Smallest GPS Receiver

You want a GPS in a small device? Well here you go, the world's smallest GPS receiver. The company is Rakon and they are out of New Zealand, and from the looks of things, it's pretty small. Rakon has just developed a module, as tiny as a baby's fingernail, and is already fielding calls from GPS manufacturers looking to imbed the product in their own new developments.

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January 10, 2006

Garmin Announces MAC OS X Support

Garmin announced at Mac World that they are going to make their devices compatible with Mac OS X version 10.4 ("Tiger") - starting immediately. This is good news - I have lots of friends who run Macs and hate the fact that the great GPS units coming out of Garmin can't be run as intended on their computers. Specifically, friends are very interested in the Forerunners and the training center software, which will be the first to get the Mac translation - see below.

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Enterprise Car Rental to offer Garmin StreetPilot C340

Taking another page from the Magellan playbook, Garmin is teaming up with yet another car rental firm - this time it's Enterprise car rental renting the Garmin StreetPilot C340. Previously, Garmin struck a deal with Dollar/ Thrifty car rental - see announcement, where they are renting a similar model, the Garmin StreetPilot C330.

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