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STMicro’s automotive-grade Cartesio application processor powers Garmin PNDs

STMicroelectronics said its Cartesio automotive-grade application processor System-on-Chip (SoC) with embedded GPS for navigation and telematics will be used inside several products from Garmin, including the new nuvi 205.

ST said PND makers have begun to design products that use System-on-Chip solutions that combine host-processing capability with GPS functionality, rather than implementing the processor and GPS as discrete functions. The SoC approach 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.

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