Broadcom Corporation has announced a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip for Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables. The GNSS chip enables wearables to pinpoint location while consuming minimal power. It is equipped with computing Position, Velocity and Time (PVT) on the chip without the need for a separate microcontroller (MCU). The chip uses intelligent firmware which helps it maintain the speed and distance while saving the battery life as well.
Broadcom wants to extend its leadership in navigation space this IoT chip is a step in the direction. Battery life is a general worry for many of users and there is lot of innovation and research happening in the tech industry to address this issue. The in-chip computation not only reduces the battery usage but also leads to reduced costs and space since the need for the MCU is removed.
Some of the key features of the chip include:
- In-chip PVT computation
- Integrated GNSS receiver with support for GPS and GLONASS
- Sensors interfaces include I2C masters, SPI masters, I2S, ADC and GPIO.
- Embedded processor with self-boot capability
- Large in-chip memory