Broadcom's High-Accuracy Navigation Chip

MaddiRuhl - January 6, 2016 - 09:00 AM

Broadcom's High-Accuracy Navigation Chip

Broadcom unveiled a new navigation chip at CES that gives location accuracy a huge boost.

The spirit of innovation ran high at the kickoff of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, and Broadcom had its own home run: the BCM89774 navigation chip. This tri-band chip holds its own in the world of in-car navigation, as it can read more satellites than those found in dashboards today. What this means for users is a more accurate location system, regardless of whether the vehicle is in a busy downtown region, or in a rural area. Whereas most vehicles' location systems enable them to visualize a certain network of satellites for positioning purposes, Broadcom states that its new chip can see five global satellite systems from all across the globe.

Broadcom isn't the only company pursuing improved navigation systems. Toyota has also been making noise about its own high-definition mapping technology which allows for much better accuracy compared to current GPS systems, and could pave the way for autonomous vehicle navigation. But one edge that Broadcom's system has over competitors is its global implications; with the technology to pick up on satellite systems from across the world, manufacturers will be able to ship this chip out for integration into any car, regardless of where on the planet it would be driven. Previously, vehicles were equipped with region-specific hardware depending on location. Other features of the chip include low-power modes, theft tracking, and more.

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