Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs and modems will support Galileo navigation

Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs and modems will support Galileo navigation
Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs and modems will support Galileo navigation
Consumer smartphones with common Snapdragon SoCs like those from the 800, 600, or 400 series will receive OTA updates this coming Q3 2016.

Qualcomm has announced that its Snapdragon processors and modems will soon support the Galileo satellite positioning system that is commonly used across Europe. The American company can now add this to its existing list of supported satellites including GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, QZSS, and SBAS for a total of six different satellite systems.

The manufacturer is expecting the same reliability, speed, and precision from the Galileo network as it does from its compatibility with others. As a result, Qualcomm chips will be able to communicate with more than 80 satellites currently in orbit for better connectivity in both urban and suburban environments. Its integration with the new satellite system is a requirement for the European eCall system, which will become a mandatory feature come March, 31 2018 on all new automobiles sold in the region. Communication with the Galileo network plays a key part in the functionality of eCall.

The Snapdragon 400, 600, and 800 series will support the Galileo system through appropriate OTA updates including common SoCs like the 820, 652, 650, 625, 617, 435, and 820A. Snapdragon LTE and Gobi modems will also see support including the X16, X12, X7, X7, 9x15, and MDM6x00 modules. End-users can expect the updates to begin rolling out by this third quarter of 2016.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-06-24 (Update: 2016-06-24)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.