Qualcomm has announced that they have developed an enhanced navigation software solution built into their chipset that will improve accuracy for turn by turn functionality. The technology will be fully integrated into wireless 3G modems and will be available on Qualcomm’s gpsOne chipset platform for use with Mobile Station Modem (MSM), CDMA200 and WCDMA (UMTS) networks.
The Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) chipset software uses both satellites and ground based units to find your location. Basically it operates like WAAS for mobile handsets.
This new technology allows application developers to create a wide range of navigation services for enterprise and consumer users. It will also lower the costs of wireless handsets with GPS due to the chipsets integration.
Expect to see the chips available in the second half of 2005 in Qualcomm’s CDMA2000 and WCDMA MSM solutions, including select Multimedia, Enhanced Multimedia and Convergence Platform chipsets.