New Broadcom GPS chip promises 10x improved accuracy!


Oh damn, this i awesome! Broadcom (the well established chip manufacturer) recently announced that they’re manufacturing the first mass-market chip thatā€™s capable of working with a new form of highly precise global navigation signals, according to a report fromĀ IEEE Spectrum.

The announcement was made during theĀ Institute of Navigation GNSS+ conference in Portland, Oregon, and according to the company,Ā there are now 30 satellites that support the new standard so next year should be the ā€œright moment to launch.ā€

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This new GPS chip is calledĀ BCM47755 and if what Broadcom officials say is true, it will be able to improve the accuracy up to 10 times, meaning that now it will have an accuracy of 30 centimeters!

The existing GPS chips lock location by interacting with older GPS satellites that release an old L1 signal (so it’s called). The new L5 signal that will be used by Broadcom’s new chip will be sent out by newer GPS satellites. Broadcom has confirmed that since the mass production of the chip is expected to begin soon, the new chip can be available toĀ smartphones that will be released next year.

This will allow people leaving in large citiesĀ to enjoy accurate positioning starting from the next year, thanks to Broadcom. However, it remains to be known whether it will be widely available on smartphones in 2018 as Qualcomm is the largest vendor of GPS chips in the world.

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2 Comments

  1. iammenotyou x
    February 1, 2018

    if it is to be implemented in 2018.
    What chipset manufacturers or phone manufacturer would most likely adopt it as apart of their setup… Should i be keeping an eye on the kirin, helio, snapdragon… or the samsung, hyawai, xaomi side of things?

  2. iammenotyou x
    February 1, 2018

    if it is to be implemented in 2018.
    What chipset manufacturers or phone manufacturer would most likely adopt it as apart of their setup… Should i be keeping an eye on the kirin, helio, snapdragon… or the samsung, hyawai, xaomi side of things?