TomTom finally killed all rumors and confirmed today that they will be using Global Locate chips in their TomTom ONE device, starting this month. Apparently the chip was designed by both Global Locate and Infineon, a German company and will be used in their TTOne devices in North America and Europe.
This is certainly the business deal that is behind the Patent Infringement lawsuits between SiRF and Global Locate.
According to Global Locate’s Press Release…
Hammerhead, the industry's first single die, single chip GPS solution, will begin shipping worldwide in the TomTom ONE(tm) in January 2007. In addition, Global Locate's patented extended ephemeris technology known as Long Term Orbit will be made available through TomTom's exclusive QuickGPSfix service to further enhance the navigation performance of TomTom's devices.
Global Locate's host-based, GPS architecture approach means that both the TomTom software application and the GPS chip and navigation software application share the same processor resources. The result is a highly integrated product solution that delivers superior turn-by-turn navigation performance for users. The host-based approach reduces system redundancy, avoiding the need for multiple CPUs, memory system and other costly components.
"Host-based GPS solutions are often perceived as being relevant only for the cellular handset market," said Richard Najarian, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Global Locate. "This new business initiative with TomTom shows that our solution delivers added value in other GPS product applications such as portable navigation devices, not just mobile phones."