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GPS: HTC Selects SiRFstarIII for use in first navigation Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 24.10.06 - 14:04:27 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10759x
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Advancing its multiplatform relationship with the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile devices, SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of GPS-enabled silicon and premium software location platforms, today disclosed that its high-sensitivity SiRFstarIII is being used in HTC's first GPS-enabled PDA Phone.

Available under the HTC brand as well as in customized versions for operator partners, the HTC P3300 features a single-chip SiRF GSC3 GPS receiver along with SiRF's exclusive SiRFInstantFix service.

HTC, one of the fastest growing companies in the converged mobile device market, is utilizing SiRF's industry-leading GPS technology to deliver high-performance location awareness and navigation capabilities. SiRFstarIII's extremely high sensitivity, combined with SiRF's sophisticated navigation algorithms provides the HTC P3300 with best-in-class GPS signal acquisition, making real-time navigation practical even through urban canyons and under dense foliage. SiRFInstantFix enables the HTC P3300 to achieve the first fix in as little as eight seconds after it is turned on. With SiRFInstantFix, the HTC P3300 can not only start tracking satellites and navigating more quickly, it can do it using much weaker signals, removing the barrier that often stands in the way of successfully navigating under marginal conditions.

"For years, HTC has been quietly building innovative PDA Phones and Smartphones for major OEMs and the world's leading carriers," said Kanwar Chadha, founder and vice president of marketing for SiRF. "We are extremely pleased that our chipset is being used by HTC."

The HTC P3300 quad-band GSM navigation smartphone combines SiRFstarIII- powered GPS location capabilities with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0. It includes pocket versions of Outlook e-mail, calendar and contacts, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player 10, and even includes an FM stereo radio. Wireless connectivity is provided through GPRS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The HTC P3300 delivers all this in a compact package that measures 108 mm x 58 mm x 16.8 mm, weighing just 130 grams.

"Because of SiRF's emphasis on innovation and its strong position within the GPS market, the SiRFstarIII technology was an ideal choice for HTC," said Fred Liu, chief operating officer at HTC. "The HTC P3300 packs abundant functionality into a compact form factor, and the SiRFstarIII provides consumers with world-class navigation capabilities."

Winner of the PC Magazine's 2005 award for Technical Excellence, the SiRFstarIII can track more than 20 GPS satellites, employs the equivalent of more than 200,000 correlators and sophisticated navigation algorithms, and is able to acquire signals down to -159 dBm, making real-time navigation practical in almost any environment. The GCS3 combines a complete GPS digital baseband processor, RF front end and stacked flash in a single, compact, 7-mm x 10-mm package to deliver unmatched time to first fix (TTFF) at the low signal levels.

Cheers ~ Arne

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