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ST-Ericsson Unveils Faster and Sharper Mobile Positioning


ST-Ericsson launches world’s smallest receiver to connect to both GPS and GLONASS satellites

ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors, is launching the world’s smallest receiver to be able to see both GPS and GLONASS positioning satellites, enabling mobile devices to deliver much faster and much more reliable location-based services. Compared to GPS-only solutions, the combination of GLONASS and GPS technology dramatically improves positioning accuracy in dense “urban canyon environments”, where tall buildings can obscure satellite signals, as well as significantly reducing the time it takes to initially determine a device’s location.

Requiring just two external components, ST-Ericsson’s new CG1950 is the first GPS/GLONASS receiver to be built in 45 nanometer silicon, enabling manufacturers to produce sleek, low-cost devices capable of supporting highly-accurate navigation, mobile social networking, augmented reality and other location-based services. The low-power CG1950 is designed to be integrated into mobile phones, camcorders, cameras and other mobile devices.

“The frustration of waiting for your device to locate you will be a thing of the past once receivers can connect to both GPS and GLONASS satellites,” said Thierry Tingaud, Senior Vice President Entry solutions & Connectivity Division of ST-Ericsson. “This breakthrough will also mean more precise positioning, fueling demand for augmented reality applications and other sophisticated location-based services that depend on very accurate readings.”

Notes to Editors

GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) is the standard generic term for satellite navigation systems (“sat nav”) that provide autonomous geo-spatial positioning with global coverage. The combination of GPS and GLONASS, will enable devices to retrieve positioning data from more than 50 satellites by the end of 2011.

The highly-integrated CG1950 requires only 2 external components for a full system solution compared to more than eight for other positioning receivers on the market.

The low power consumption of the CG1950 enables continuous GNSS tracking for more than 30 hours with a standard 850mAh battery.

Set to be in commercial handsets by the third-quarter of 2011, the CG1950 will be available both as a standalone component and integrated into ST-Ericsson complete cellular platforms.

About ST-Ericsson

ST-Ericsson is a world leader in developing and delivering a complete portfolio of innovative mobile platforms and cutting-edge wireless semiconductor solutions across the broad spectrum of mobile technologies. The company is a leading supplier to the top handset manufacturers and ST-Ericsson’s products and technologies enable more than half of all phones in use today. The company generated sales of about USD 2.3 billion in 2010. ST-Ericsson was established as a 50/50 joint venture by STMicroelectronics and Ericsson in February 2009, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.


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