Broadcom Debuts Geolocation Chip

Irvine-based Broadcom has announced a brand new, geolocation chip, which supports the GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS satellite systems, and also features new geofencing capabilities, the company said today. The company said its Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip is aimed at use in always-on, location-aware applications such as social networking, place-based mobile commerce and local merchant advertising. According to Broadcom, the chip consumes 60x less power than other chips while running those always-on, location-aware apps. Broadcom said the new chip will be shipping in handsets by Q2 of this year.