EMTAC Technology Corp. with its global marketing partner ITOCHU Corporation and SiRF Technology, Inc. today announced the world’s first integrated Bluetooth™. Wireless and GPS Receiver in one for mobile devices. The GPS Receiver will be able to wirelessly link with integrated Bluetooth™ mobile platforms like Smart Phones, PDA’s, WebPAD’s, Tablet PC’s and DSC’s. This adds GPS functionality to a whole new class of mobile devices. Now emerging markets such as mobile LBS (Location-Based Services), navigation, and fleet management can tap into state of the art GPS location awareness through a Bluetooth™ port. This frees the Bluetooth™ device from having to connect to GPS via a cable or embedding GPS into every product. “GPS and Bluetooth™ provide many synergies for our customers. EMTAC’s new product is an exciting next step in realizing SiRF’s vision of bringing location awareness to all mobile devices,”Says Kanwar Chadha, V.P. of Marketing of SiRF Technology. This wireless GPS/Bluetooth™ receiver will be available in Asia Pacific, Europe, Japan and North America starting summer 2002.
The GPS/Bluetooth™ receiver achieves dramatically lower power consumption by using the latest SiRFstarIIe./LP chipset technology from SiRF. Features include built-in battery operation, blue LED’s that indicate status, and external power supply source from an optional mobile charger kit. The receiver supports NMEA0183 Ver.2.20 standard protocol and Bluetooth™ 1.1 (will be BQ certificated in summer 2002).