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Mobile Computing and Consumer Electronics Devices to Drive GPS Growth

June 1, 2009
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Although cellular handsets will continue to dominate shipments of devices with integrated GPS, the next growth spurt will come from mobile consumer electronics (CE) and mobile computing applications, reports In-Stat. Mobile computing and CE devices will comprise over 100 million units in 2013.


"With growing attach rates and market maturity, GPS chipset providers must carefully evaluate which technologies to integrate into single chip solutions," says Jim McGregor, In-Stat's chief technology strategist.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Although the number of devices shipping with integrated GPS is increasing, the attach rates and the devices shipments have been hampered by the faltering economy.
  • By 2012, there will be more CE devices with integrated GPS shipping than there are stand alone personal navigation devices.
  • Mobile computing holds a lot of promise for GPS with 26 million GPS enabled units shipping in 2013, but there are barriers. In the netbook segment, for example, cost, integrating yet another antenna, only one mini-card slot will inhibit adoption.
  • CPUs must be integrated (ARM, x86, Mips, etc.) to manage the host processor load.
  • Infrastructure radios (802.11, WiMAX, LTE, etc.) are likely candidates for integration.

The research, "GPS—'Locating' Its Way into Mobile Devices," covers the worldwide market for GPS chipsets and end products. It includes:

  • Total Available Market and GPS attach rate forecasts for mobile CE and mobile computing through 2013.
  • GPS chipset unit and revenue forecasts through 2013.
  • GPS supplier breakdowns.
  • Analysis of device OEM needs by market segment.

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