Garmin has chosen STMicroelectronics’ Cartesio automotive-grade application processor for use in a range of new navigation systems, including the nüvi 205. The Cartesio is a system-on-a-chip (SoC), with an embedded GPS for navigation as well as telematics functions. It was specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of the automotive market.
Leading makers of portable navigation devices (PNDs) have begun to design products that use SoCs that combine host-processing capability with GPS functionality, rather than implement the processor and GPS as discrete functions, according to ST. This approach, which improves function and reliability, 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.
“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.”