Broadcom Introduces Streamlined Global Navigation Satellite System Connectivity Solution for Automotive Industry

By CIOReview | Thursday, January 7, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Broadcom Corporation, a semiconductor solutions provider, announces the addition of a new Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) wireless connectivity chip- BCM89774- to its automotive portfolio. The new automotive chip will improve the accuracy and power efficiency of global navigation system.

BCM89774 provides improved location and positioning in dense urban environments and foliage-blocked areas to enhance the consumer experience. The wideband capture radio technology integrated on the chip provides simultaneous tri-band reception of all visible GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) satellites including US GPS (Global Positioning System), European GAL, Japanese QZSS, Russian GLONASS, Chinese BDS (BeiDou Navigation Satellite System) and global SBAS (Satellite-based augmentation systems).

By adding location awareness capabilities to the traditional functions of a sensor hub which is integrated along with CPU on a single chip, Broadcom significantly reduces power consumption for in-vehicle applications and reduces bill of materials (BOM) cost for automotive manufacturers, serving as the most accurate solution to the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Optimized to meet the rigorous standards of the automotive industry, the BCM89774 has been tested to AECQ100 requirements for automotive applications, is manufactured in TS16949 certified facilities and offers full production part approval process (PPAP) support.

The other key features of BCM89774 include: low-power mode for emergency service and theft tracking applications; management of CAN BUS inputs and sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers to provide a fused sensor data tracking subsystem; and enabling best-in-class acquisition, tracking sensitivity and time-to-first-fix in both cold and hot starts.

"Broadcom's new GNSS connectivity chip for automotive keeps car makers and tier one suppliers ahead of the curve with advanced precision and reduced power consumption while lowering BOM cost. By delivering premium products that meet automotive grade requirements, we are positioned for growth in this accelerating market," said Richard Barrett, Director of Automotive Wireless Connectivity, Broadcom.