Monday, December 11, 2006

NXP Chip Drives Multimedia-Enabled Navigation Devices

NXP Semiconductors announced a solution for low-cost, portable GPS devices with advanced multimedia capabilities. The solution builds on NXP's Nexperia mobile multimedia processor and includes software solution for GPS, along with ALK Technologies' CoPilot navigation software.

Whereas traditional GPS solutions require hardware GPS baseband processors, NXP said its approach utilizes swGPS Personal running on the PNX0190 multimedia processor to efficiently perform GPS calculations. By eliminating the GPS baseband silicon, NXP's solution delivers a lower bill of material while the software-based approach provides flexibility and future-proofing in an evolving market.