SAN FRANCISOIn a move to bolster its portfolio of chips for consumer devices that utilize navigation, Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has licensed global positioning system (GPS) digital signal processor (DSP) software from Trimble Navigation Ltd. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Marvell said it would use the GPS technology in chips for devices that feature navigation such as personal navigation devices (PNDs), mobile phones, portable media devices and digital still cameras.
Under the terms of the agreement, Marvell gains direct access to Trimble's GSP software and tools for development support and testing, Marvell (Santa Clara, Calif.) said.
"GPS is a major driver for today's mobile consumer electronics industry, and is becoming an increasingly common demand from consumers for mobile devices which support a wide range of applications," said Partho Mishra, vice president of Marvell's Embedded and Emerging business unit, in a statement issued Monday (Aug. 25).
IDC research predicts navigation devices and systems will reach annual sales revenues of $62 billion by 2012.