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SIRF GPS Guides HP iPAQ Travel Companion
The single-chip SiRF GSC3f GPS receiver enables the HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion to incorporate real-time, high-performance location awareness and robust navigation capabilities into a feature-rich handheld device.
SiRF Technology Holdings announced that its award winning SiRFstarIII architecture will provide GPS guidance for the new HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion. "HP's leadership position in providing technology solutions to both the consumer and enterprise space gives them a unique perspective into the needs of these diverse markets," said Kanwar Chadha, founder and vice president of marketing for SiRF. "We are excited by the launch of the HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion, as it is a powerful entrant into the personal navigation market, sure to drive location awareness further mainstream."

The HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion will offer SiRFstarIII-powered GPS location capabilities and additional pre-installed navigation software and maps to help keep travelers on track. Additionally, the HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, digital entertainment capabilities, and full Windows Mobile functionality, all in a compact package that weighs less than six ounces.

"The HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion is a new class of mobile handheld that lets customers navigate, stay connected and be entertained when on the move," said David Risdal, iPAQ product manager, Worldwide, HP. "SiRF, with its leadership position in the GPS market, is a standout choice to help HP ease customers' travels and deliver great mobile experiences."

The SiRFstarIII architecture's extremely high sensitivity and robust navigation algorithms enable best-in-class GPS signal acquisition and processing, making real-time navigation practical even through the maze of complex urban canyons and under dense foliage. SiRFstarIII's industry-leading performance comes at a competitive price point for the high-volume consumer electronics marketplace, along with SiRF's ability to support the quick time to market and large manufacturing volume needs of this market.

Winner of PC Magazine's 2005 award for Technical Excellence, the SiRFstarIII architecture can track more than 20 GPS satellites, employs the equivalent of more than 200,000 correlators and sophisticated navigation algorithms, and is able to acquire signals down to -159 dBm, making real-time navigation practical in almost any environment. The GCS3f combines a complete GPS digital baseband processor, RF front end and stacked flash in a single, compact, 7-mm x 10-mm package to deliver unmatched time to first fix (TTFF) at the low signal levels.
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