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Taiwan’s GPS makers to tap European market with new devices

According to industry sources, Taiwanese GPS devices makers like Mio Technology Ltd. and Asustek Computer Inc are actively tapping the European market this year, with new products. Global sales of GPS devices are estimated to top US$30 billion this year. Europe absorbs nearly 60% of world`s total annual shipment. Last year, sales in the European market sharply shot up 82%.

GPS chipset price to fall to $3.5 or below by the end of 2008

According to ABI Research, one billion GPS chipsets will be shipped annually in 2013. It thinks Average Selling Prices (ASPs) of GPS chipsets will continue to fall, but the effect on vendors’ revenue streams will be more than offset by this strong growth in volume. Industry analyst Jamie Moss comments, the average price of the chipset will fall to $3.50 or below by the end of 2008, permitting a true mass market adoption. There is a growing numbers of acquisitions: large chip manufacturers buying up specialist fabless GPS IC vendors in order to include their technologies in solutions that combine GPS with varied wireless RF product offerings, especially Bluetooth. Examples of such acquisitions in 2007 include Global Locate, acquired by Broadcom (June); GloNav by NXP (December); and u-Nav by Atheros (December). Additionally SiRF acquired Centrality to integrate System on Chip (SoC) solutions in its product range and u-blox went public on the Swiss stock exchange.

Dell laptop to ship with GPS

Dell has come up with a new feature to tempt business buyers into paying top whack – integrated GPS. The top-of-therange E6500 model will also include UWB (ultra-wideband) wireless thanks to the inclusion of Intel’s ‘Montevina’ chip, LED backlighting on a 15.4 inch screen and host of other features.

TomTom Intros GPS units with IQ Routes

GPS manufacturer TomTom has unveiled two new in-vehicle GPS systems, the Go 930 and Go 730, which will feature IQ Routes, a new route calculation system that uses data from actual speeds driven on roads rather than posted speed limits. The result might be a route that’s a little unexpected or a little longer, but which can more reliably get users to their destinations faster.

University researchers track elephants using GPS

Using satellite technology, a team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts track African elephants across regions of Africa. By attaching GPS units, they have followed the animals as they move across national borders on the path of their seasonal migrations, from Botswana to Zimbabwe and into Angola.

Madurai Police in India launches GIS and GPS

Madurai Range police recently launched GIS, GPS and Short Message Serve Crime Criminal information system in Madurai and Virudhunagar districts, which would be connected to Transport Department’s main server to enable police to get information about any vehicle in the state. The facility would help officers determine whether vehicle papers were genuine.

Satellite built by Lockheed Martin successfully launched

A US Air Force modernized GPS Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II launch vehicle. The satellite, designated GPS IIR- 19M, is the sixth in a line of eight GPS IIR satellites that Lockheed Martin Navigation Systems, Valley Forge, Pa. has modernized for its customer, the Global Positioning Systems Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

Middle East collaborates on Seismic Mapping

Earth scientists from Israel, Jordan and Palestine have formed a research partnership to map regional seismic activity. The researchers, from Tel Aviv University, Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan, and An-Najah National University in Palestine will work together to map a 100 sqkm area around Jericho — one of the world’s most vulnerable areas for earthquakes. The four-year project will assess potential seismic hazards as well as monitoring seismic activity.

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