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Qualcomm, Mio co-develop connected PNDs

Posted: 04 Feb 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPS  connected PND  CDMA 

Mobile GPS device provider Mio Technology Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. have partnered to develop connected personal navigation devices (PNDs).

The connected PNDs will leverage Qualcomm's technology with the QST1100 chipset to deliver GPS and cellular connectivity for real-time traffic updates, voice call capabilities and more. The QST1100 leverages Qualcomm's gpsOne that supports numerous modes of operation including assisted-GPS, standalone-GPS and gpsOneXTRA assistance technology for enhanced standalone-GPS performance.

With this new collaboration, Mio looks to offer consumers a next-generation GPS device that goes beyond traditional point-to-point navigation. With real-time content, search capabilities and more, Mio's connected PNDs will provide a uniquely dynamic navigation experience that can be customised for any lifestyle. Whether for leisure travel, business travel or the daily commute, Mio's connected PNDs will enable people to explore their environment.

Mio's new connected PNDs will be based on the QST1100 chipset from Qualcomm, the first solution to integrate application processing, GPS and cellular connectivity for ubiquitous connectivity and sleeker form-factors.

"Our technology, coupled with Mio's extensive device design expertise, will usher in a new generation of connected consumer devices aimed at propelling the industry toward the next level of functionality," said Luis Pineda, senior VP of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA technologies.

"PNDs have been growing dramatically in popularity, and Mio is proud to be one of the first companies to offer the connectivity of cellular networks to PND users, making information access seamless and reliable," said Samuel Wang, president of Mio.

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