ST's Cartesio System-on-Chip combines host processing capability with GPS
functionality for integration into wide range of Garmin portable navigation
GENEVA, March 6 -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM),
a world leader in semiconductors for automotive applications, today announced
that its Cartesio automotive-grade application processor System-on-Chip (SoC)
with embedded GPS for navigation and telematics is to be implemented inside
several products from Garmin. Among the world leaders in portable navigation
products, Garmin is to integrate the ST Cartesio processor in a range of
navigation systems, including the new nuvi 205.
Leading PND makers have begun to design products that use System-on-Chip
solutions that combine host processing capability with GPS functionality,
rather than implement the processor and GPS as discrete functions. This
approach, which improves function and reliability, is increasingly gaining
penetration in the portable navigation market, and is expected to be used in
more than 40% of all the PNDs shipped in 2008, with even faster growth
expected in 2009 and 2010.
According to iSuppli, ST is the leading producer of semiconductors for Car
Infotainment and a top-three chip supplier to the automotive industry.
Building on ST's indisputable strengths in automotive technologies and
applications, the new Cartesio processor was designed to meet the specific and
rigorous demands for quality and reliability in the automotive market. The SoC
addresses a large variety of applications in the automotive segment, including
OEM and portable navigation devices, vehicle tracking systems, electronic fee
collection, and advanced car radio.
The Cartesio SoC is a derivative of ST's leading-edge Nomadik(R)
application processor platform, and takes full advantage of Nomadik's
world-class audio/visual capabilities for infotainment applications. The
Nomadik platform is also used by some of the world's leading cell phone makers
and mobile multimedia consumer manufacturers to develop smart phones, mobile
TV products, and feature-rich portable multimedia devices and players.
"This adoption of Cartesio by Garmin, a world leader in portable
navigation, is a testament to ST's ability to deliver cutting-edge car
infotainment solutions that meet automotive quality standards," said Domenico
Rossi, General Manager of ST's Car Radio and Multimedia Division. "Cartesio is
currently one of the most integrated solutions on the navigation and
telematics market, providing high performance, while also meeting the cost and
space constraints demanded by leading automotive OEMs."
About Cartesio -- Further technical information
ST's Cartesio (part number -- STA2062) integrates a powerful 32-bit ARM
CPU core with a high-sensitivity 32-channel GPS subsystem and a powerful set
of connectivity peripherals, including CAN, USB, UARTs, and SPI. It also
provides on-chip high-speed RAM and real-time clock functionality. While the
Cartesio processor can work with other GPS RF products, it perfectly couples
with ST's STA5620 GPS RF chip creating a unique offering that significantly
reduces the form factor and bill-of-materials with no compromise in
performance. The STA2062 is housed in 16 x 16 x 1.4 mm LFBGA packages with a
0.8mm ball pitch to comply with the automotive industry assembly requirements.
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semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications.
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strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners
positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and
its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The
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