SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Maxim Integrated Products Inc. here today announced it has licensed a radio platform for Global Position System (GPS), called NavStream, from Parthus Technologies plc in Dublin, Ireland. Terms of the license and royalty agreement were not disclosed.
Maxim, a supplier of linear and mixed-signal IC, said it is integrating the NavStream platform into products for its global customer base. The single-chip radio platform is designed for implementing GPS capabilities in cellular-phone handsets and automotive systems with hardware and software features that maximize sensitivity, eliminate frequency jamming, and minimize power consumption, according to the company.
"We chose the NavStream platform [because] it is unmatched in terms of accuracy and power efficiency," said Eric Munroe, executive director of Maxim's Wireless Business Unit. "Clearly, location based technology is a core application to the mobile Internet."
NavStream's RF receiver offers timing resolution of 5 nanoseconds and positional accuracy under 5 meters. Parthus claimed this outperforms competing solutions by a factor of 60 in terms of positional accuracy. NavStream is a complete GPS platform, incorporating radio, base band and software stacks.
"This technology enables location-based services that are viewed by many as the killer application for the rapidly emerging mobile-Internet market, enabling services such as real-time maps, pinpointing the nearest restaurants or banks, and locating people," said Kevin Fielding, chief operating officer of Parthus Technologies.
GPS uses information from satellites and wireless networks to instantly locate any mobile device to within 5 meters. GPS also allows the user to disable the GPS if they want to protect their whereabouts at any particular time, Fielding added.