GPS/GNSS IC market to touch 1.8 billion shipments by 2016

Telecom Lead Asia: The size of the GPS/GNSS market will
be worth over $3.3 billion in 2016.

From navigation in the in-car, PND, and cellular space,
GPS/GNSS is now finding applications in cameras, gaming, and tablets.

Femtocells and small cells represent huge volume
opportunities, with companies like u-blox, Fastrax, and iPosi all developing
specific GPS/GNSS solutions to meet the unique requirements of this market.

Location technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MEMs, and
technologies from companies such as NextNav and Boeing will all see
penetration. Tablet market will be dominated by Wi-Fi location over the
forecast period.

Ultimately, GPS/GNSS manufacturers will need to combine
an increasing number of technologies, supporting ubiquitous indoor and outdoor
location. In 2012, CSR, Broadcom, and Qualcomm have all made announcements
around increasing convergence of location technologies in the handset. This
will meet the outdoor requirements of today, as well as supporting the emerging
precision indoor location market,” said Senior analyst, telematics and
navigation, Patrick Connolly.

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