Epson and Infineon released a joint news release on both company websites announcing the successful development of the next generation of advanced global positioning system A-GPS technology. The news release indicates that early market forecasts predict strong growth of GPS features in mobile handsets, portable navigation devices (PND), and automotive embedded devices. According to one market researcher, GPS penetration in handsets will rise from a 19% level in 2008 to 35% by 2012. In terms of units produced and in use, this translates to an increase of 238 million GPS-enabled mobile handsets in 2008, to 543 million units in 2012. When you include the use of PNDs and GPS vehicle system use, it is forecasted that an additional 100 million plus PND units will be operational by 2013 on the global level.
A current example of an A-GPS system in place is the Apple iPhone 3G, which uses an Infineon Hammerhead II unit for navigation. Before the development of the XPOSYS GPS chip, this was the industry’s highest performance GPS receiver in the smallest available package. The Hammerhead chip size is 3.59mm x 3.75mm and it has a sensitivity of -160 dBm. The new XPOSYS has surpassed both the size and performance of the Infineon Hammerhead II.