Qualcomm Technologies Inc. integrates Qualcomm IZat Integrated Hardware Location Platform in the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets across all tiers in China. The company is working with the Chinese language Internet search provider Baidu for the purpose.
Qualcomm IZat Integrated Hardware Location Platform is designed to use signals from various location sources such as GNSS and sensors, thereby deliver accurate location information and improved seamless transition for both outdoor and indoor environments. It will also reduce the power consumption of the location-based applications and services across smartphones.
“Providing accurate, reliable and rapid position location information in a battery-efficient way is a basic need for all location based applications. Qualcomm Technologies’ IZat location solution on Snapdragon platforms enables users to enjoy location-based applications, such as Baidu maps, with long battery life and an excellent user experience,” said Dr. Cormac Conroy, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Qualcomm Technologies’ IZat location solution uses the cellular network and WiFi positioning available from Baidu to integrate the GNSS and sensor positioning. This result combined with the information from a smartphone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer sensors will enhance the positioning accuracy and coverage, elucidated Qualcomm. There are also features and capabilities such as low-power location tracking, low-power geofencing, and sensor-based pedestrian navigation to challenge the outdoor or indoor environments.
“Our location service supports almost ten thousand applications with location information every day-and serves hundreds of millions of end users. We believe that by working with QTI, users will be able to enjoy higher location service quality and a better experience,” said Li Zhitang, general manager of open platform at Baidu Map.
The IZat Integrated Hardware Location Platform will be used in the Snapdragon chipsets of smartphones releasing in Q3 2016.