Broadcom will make the GPS of our smartphones much more accurate next year

Most new smartphones offer high definition screens or revolutionary photo sensors, but what about the GPS chip? It moves.

Our smartphones evolve at high speed, but it often happens again that our GPS is mistaken in the location. It is not uncommon that he places us in an adjacent street or a few meters away. This is not necessarily a problem in the countryside, but it can become so in very dense urban centers. Most of the time, the software itself corrects the data to display more accuracy.

The American manufacturer Broadcom has developed a network chip to exploit the two types of existing GPS frequencies, named L1 and L5. A first for the general public. The icing on the cake, it also works with signals E1 and E5 of the Galileo positioning system.

Under the reference BCM47755, the latter promises an increased precision to about thirty centimeters. This type of apparatus exists of course already, but they were reserved for professionals and military.

The firm announced that this new chip could arrive in smartphones from next year, but it also targets the market of wearables and connected objects. This model will also consume 50% less energy.

A bargain when it is known that many people have now replaced the traditional GPS for their vehicles. This advance is therefore important for the developers, but also the manufacturers who will be able to capitalize on these new capacities, like a photo sensor or an OLED screen.



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