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Qualcomm tops as GPS IC vendor

Posted: 01 Jul 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:vendor ranking  GPS  evaluation 

ABI Research's recent evaluation of worldwide GPS IC vendors ranked Qualcomm at the top followed by Broadcom Corp. and Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) at the second and third spots in its vendor matrix.

"The sheer scale of Qualcomm's embedded GPS shipments powered it to number one in the matrix. However it would be wrong to underestimate its efforts on Glonass and alternative/hybrid location," says senior analyst, Patrick Connolly.

"There is very little to separate Broadcom and CSR: Broadcom offers a wide range of IC implementations, design innovations and major contract wins across a number of different vertical markets. CSR continues to drive innovation in terms of optimising GPS IC performance to meet growing demand in emerging markets, while continuing to generate significant revenue from established markets. This is reflected in CSR's recent Samsung Galaxy S II designs win."

The vendor matrix, an analytical tool developed by ABI Research, is used to provide a clear understanding of vendors' positions in specific markets. Vendors are assessed on the important parameters of "innovation" and "implementation" across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.

For this particular matrix, under "innovation," ABI Research examined the vendors' support for multiple design approaches and technologies including multiple RF integration (combo-chips), Embedded GPS IC solutions and support for other GNSS constellations, such as Glonass.

Analysts also evaluated vendors' wireless assistance data support (A-GPS), alternative positioning technology support, sensor support and satellite-based augmentation system support (SBAS). The matrix also considers innovation in size, power consumption and recent product introductions.

Under "implementation," ABI Research scrutinized criteria such as market share; consumer market focus; professional, industrial, and military market focus; fabricator (as opposed to fabless); and key customer wins.

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