LONDON Taiwanese Personal Navigation Device sepecialist Mio Technology has teamed with Qualcomm Inc. to develop connected PNDs based on the chip maker's QST1100 silicon.
The companies say the PND being developed goes beyond traditional point-to-point navigation, and will allow search capabilities. They did not specify exact search or other capabilities.
Mio was already displaying a concept of a connected PND at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month.
The QST1100 chip set integrates applications processing, GPS and cellular connectivity and supports many modes of operation, including Assisted GPS, standalone GPS and gpsOne Extra.
"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.
Mio is ranked the fourth PND maker in the U.S., behind Garmin, TomTom and Magellan, according to recent market research from The NPD Group.
Until now Moi has relied almost exclusively on chips from SiRF Technology for its personal navigation devices.