Qualcomm has extended its support to the European Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) by offering its chipsets and Snapdragon processors. Earlier, Qualcomm’s hardware support to GNSS was limited to only selected chipsets.
Qualcomm Technologies improves customer experiences with location-based services by adding Galileo support to its IZat location services platform. The Qualcomm IZat location services platform utilizes up to six satellite constellations concurrently without incremental device hardware or cost. This means that more than 80 different satellites can be used when calculating global position for navigation or location-based applications.
“Accurate, reliable, and rapid position location is an important part of the mobile experience,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Galileo support will be deployed broadly across its modem and application processor portfolios. There will be software update releases on Snapdragon 820, 652, 650, 625, 617, and 435 processors, automotive infotainment solutions utilizing Snapdragon 820A, and telematics and IoT solutions with Snapdragon X16, X12, X7, and X5 LTE Modems, and 9×15 and MDM6x00 modems.
The addition of another GNSS will provide more accurate location performance, said Qualcomm in irs release. This is intended to assist manufacturers in implementing an important component of the European eCall mandate ahead of the March 2018 deadline.
Commenting on the new initiative, Enrico Salvatori, president, Qualcomm Europe said, “We are happy to announce support for the European Galileo satellite navigation system and to see that longstanding efforts and cooperation between the GSA, the European Commission, Qualcomm Technologies and the mobile ecosystem are delivering a key component of the European Digital Single Market.”
There are 200+ Galileo-enabled Qualcomm Technologies-based designs planned, said Qualcomm. The general availability of the required software will be in the 3rd quarter of 2016. IZat location solutions have been shipped in more than 5 Billion devices globally.