New GPS chipsets from Sirf Technologies

Sirf Technologies, makers of the Xtrack V2 and SiRFStar III chipsets, has announced two new GPS chipsets intended to integrate GPS capabilities and wireless connectivity into mobile handsets.

The Sirfstar III LT is a smaller version of the Sirf III chip. It measures 100 mm2 and uses 50 percent less power but delivers the same performance capabilities.

The second chipset, the GSCi-5000, is expected to be released in August 2006 and is designed with the space constraints of mobile phones in mind. The chip will measure 4 x 6 x 1.0 mm and “It’s not the same level performance as Sirfstar III, but it’s close,” according to Kanwar Chadha, founder and vice president of marketing for Sirf.

Pricing for the Sirfstar III LT is expected to be comparable to the Sirfstar III.

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