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Qualcomm Collaborates with Samsung to Support Chinese GPS Service

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Qualcomm says that it has added support for China's equivalent of the GPS, its BeiDou Satellite Navigation System. Qualcomm is also collaborating with Samsung to launch the first wave of BeiDou enhanced smartphones.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 uses an integrated tri-band location platform that picks up signals from the US, Russian and Chinese satelite networks.

In Snapdragon and Gobi chipsets, global positioning support is built into the modem and RF chips, enabling the location signals to be processed in the modem, instead of waking up the apps processor, thus saving power without sacrificing location accuracy.

"This industry-first implementation of BeiDou in a smartphone underscores Qualcomm's leadership in the location industry. More than 3 billion devices which feature Qualcomm's location technology have shipped to date and the introduction of BeiDou is the latest step to evolve our technology," said Amir Faintuch, president, Qualcomm Atheros.

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