RFID/GPS/Location Channel

New Threats Emerge as Broadcom and Qualcomm Continue to Dominate GNSS IC Vendor Space

The GNSS market landscape is expanding due to the rapid growth of GNSS-enabled wearables and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) coupled with new innovation opportunities around low-cost precision GNSS. In its latest GNSS IC vendor competitive analysis, ABI Research determines Broadcom and Qualcomm remain the two top IC vendors for the fourth year in a row with a mere two points separating MediaTek in third from u-blox in fourth. New threats emerge to shake up the landscape in the years ahead, though, with CEC Huada and Samsung now companies to watch.


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Microsemi Enhances Software Capabilities for Integrated GNSS Master Portfolio

Microsemi Corp., a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced significant enhancements to its Integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Master (IGM) software, expanding capabilities and key features in its new version 2 (v2). The company’s IGM product portfolio enables coverage and capacity at the very edge of mobile networks to serve mobile operators preparing for 5G through densification as well as enterprises seeking enhanced indoor capacity and coverage on LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks.


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Ultra Miniature TCXO from IQD Measures Only 1.6 mm x 1.2 mm

The latest TCXO design launched by IQD delivers two new models housed in ultra-miniature 1.6 mm x 1.2 mm x 0.45 mm hermetically sealed ceramic packages that are amongst the smallest available on the market. The IQXT-350 series is a standard TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) whilst the IQXT-351 series version offers full VCTCXO (Voltage Controlled Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) functionality.


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