M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc., a provider of microwave and RF design solutions and products, introduces a new integrated global positioning system (GPS) module, which is an integral part of the award-winning SYNC™. Using voice-recognition software, M/A-COM's integrated GPS technology and a Bluetooth mobile phone, SYNC now with Traffic, Directions and Information provides simple hands-free access to personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn driving directions, and up-to-date information such as business listings, news, sports and weather.

“The delivery of our new services for SYNC is certainly very exciting and our partnership with M/A-COM Technology Solutions is a key component of that strategy," said Doug VanDagens, director Ford Connected Services. "Location and time-based information fully integrated into a single modular package and connected onto the vehicle network is perfectly aligned with our mission to create plug-n-play compatibility with a diverse assortment of SYNC services and applications.”

M/A-COM Technology Solutions’ new GPS receiver provides an “all-in-one” GPS package solution including: a GPS antenna, GPS receiver, microprocessor, memory, CANbus transceiver, connector and associated software. Due to the GPS Module’s breakthrough antenna efficiency and receiver sensitivity, it can be installed almost anywhere on the vehicle, including hidden mounting locations resulting in major design and system efficiencies.

“This new receiver module is a breakthrough solution for our development and product planning team. As a Ford partner we are very pleased to contribute to the next level of value and technology on this very important project,” said Joe Thomas, president, M/A-COM Technology Solutions. “With our organic technology background in semiconductors, antennas and wireless automotive solutions, we had the unique capability to work directly with Ford to deliver a singular, integrated product that could manage the transmission of location, heading and time information to the entire vehicle.”