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Broadcom to provide Samsung with semiconductor location chip

The Irvine-based tech company’s hardware will be used to boost the GALAXY Note smartphone’s GPS capabilities.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: November 23, 2011 06:45 AM

Irvine-based Broadcom Corp., a company that specializes in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications devices, has partnered with Samsung in order to provide its BCM47511 location chip for the Samsung GALAXY Note smartphone. The GALAXY Note will use Broadcom’s location chip to collect signals from four global navigation satellite systems.

"Broadcom has demonstrated promising momentum with the BCM47511,” said Patrick Connolly from ABI Research. “This new chip delivers improved performance using signals from as many as four different satellite navigation systems. As one of the first products shipping with this location technology, Broadcom is continuing to demonstrate its strength in the GPS market."

The Samsung GALAXY Note is one of the first smartphones to use more than one satellite system to support its connectivity. It will use the United States’ NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS), Russia’s Globalnaya Navigazionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema (GLONASS), Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) and the Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS). With access to 59 satellites in orbit, users will have nearly twice the coverage of GPS alone.

The additional coverage is expected to create significant improvements in location performance, time-to-first-fix and accuracy, especially in areas where GPS coverage is less complete. Broadcom provides the new smartphone with GPS and GLONASS assistance with its Location Based Services (LBS) technology.

"We are delighted that Samsung Electronics has chosen the BCM47511 to deliver superior location performance and reliability in their next generation of smartphones,” said Scott Pomerantz, vice president and general manager of Broadcom’s GPS branch. “The GALAXY Note is yet another innovative product from technology leader Samsung, and Broadcom is pleased that our newest GNSS solution paves the way for a better location experience with this device."

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