Motorola’s Instant GPS chip will give users of such devices the ability to tap into a satellite system and pinpoint their geographic location. Measuring only 49 square millimeters, or less than half the area of a Pentium 4 processor, the chip will sell for roughly $10 in volume quantities, said Tim McCarthy, business director for GPS at Motorola’s Automotive Group’s Telematics Division. That should let device makers add GPS for about a quarter of the cost of current multiple chipsets, which run about $40.
“All of a sudden, starting 10 or 15 years ago, every electronics device had a clock,” McCarthy said. “I see position awareness going down that same path. It’s just a question of how long it takes.”