Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Global Locate Inc., plan to create a reference design, featuring the Global Locate Hammerhead single-die CMOS Assisted GPS chip and Freescale’s 3G MXC300 platform. This high performance, cost effective A-GPS reference design is expected to enable operators to comply with government regulations and meet consumer needs for safety and convenience.
Freescale’s Mobile eXtreme Convergence (MXC) architecture is flexible, scalable, and easily adapted to the end customer needs. The fully integrated software stack, as part of Freescale’s MXC platforms supports industry standard protocols including 3GPP and SUPL.
“Freescale’s MXC platforms are designed to make almost anything a smart, mobile device,” said Jim Berg marketing director for Freescale’s cellular platform division. “With Global Locate’s single-die solution and end-to-end A-GPS expertise, this integrated reference design will give manufacturers the solutions they need to get to market quickly.”
The Hammerhead is a highly integrated A-GPS receiver combining LNA, RF Tuner, PLL and baseband functions into a single 7mm x 7mm chip. Global Locate’s unique signal processing techniques result in sensitivity to -160dBm, and fix times as fast as 1sec. exceeding industry standards. The result is faster and more robust performance for all location based applications and services. The novel design provides price/performance advantages that are protected by an expanding worldwide Global Locate patent portfolio including 35 issued and over 100 pending patents.
“Global Locate is excited to work with Freescale, a leader in 3G. We share many common design goals such as best-in-class performance, reduced component count, ultra-low stand-by power and fast time-to-market.” remarked Donald Fuchs, Executive VP of Business Development for Global Locate.
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