SOURCE: Global Locate

February 16, 2006 01:00 ET

Global Locate and Freescale to Develop 3G A-GPS Mobile Phone Reference Design

Partnership Brings Location Based Services to 3G Handsets

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 16, 2006 -- 3GSM World Congress-- Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (NYSE: FSL) and Global Locate Inc., plan to create a reference design, featuring the Global Locate Hammerhead® single-die CMOS Assisted GPS chip and Freescale's 3G MXC300 platform. This high performance, cost effective A-GPS reference design is expected to enable operators to comply with government regulations and meet consumer needs for safety and convenience.

Freescale's Mobile eXtreme Convergence (MXC) architecture is flexible, scalable, and easily adapted to the end customer needs. The fully integrated software stack, as part of Freescale's MXC platforms supports industry standard protocols including 3GPP and SUPL.

"Freescale's MXC platforms are designed to make almost anything a smart, mobile device," said Jim Berg, marketing director for Freescale's cellular platform division. "With Global Locate's single-die solution and end-to-end A-GPS expertise, this integrated reference design will give manufacturers the solutions they need to get to market quickly."

The Hammerhead is a highly integrated A-GPS receiver combining LNA, RF Tuner, PLL and baseband functions into a single 7mm x 7mm chip. Global Locate's unique signal processing techniques result in sensitivity to -160dBm, and fix times as fast as 1sec. exceeding industry standards. The result is faster and more robust performance for all location based applications and services. The novel design provides price/performance advantages that are protected by an expanding worldwide Global Locate patent portfolio including 35 issued and over 100 pending patents.

"Global Locate is excited to work with Freescale, a leader in 3G. We share many common design goals such as best-in-class performance, reduced component count, ultra-low stand-by power and fast time-to-market," remarked Donald Fuchs, Executive VP of Business Development for Global Locate.

Evaluation kits featuring Global Locate Hammerhead single-die A-GPS receiver and the Freescale MXC300 platform are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2006.

Freescale MXC Solutions

The revolutionary MXC300-30 platform is part of the Mobile eXtreme Convergence family of platforms from Freescale. The single core modem processor at the heart of the MXC platforms combines, yet de-correlates the call processing functions of the DSP and the applications processing of the MCU into a single processor for a separate, clean development and optimization of each function. The MXC family includes the MXC275-30 platform for 2.75G EDGE solutions as well as the MXC300-30 platform for UMTS/WCDMA 3G solutions. For more information visit: www.freescale.com/MXC

Freescale 3G solutions

Freescale delivers a full range of UMTS/W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS platforms and components with a proven software stack, the industry's first single core modem architecture and full portfolio of connectivity technologies. These open, scalable solutions help to reduce risk and cost, speed and ease time to market and create design freedom for handset manufacturers, network operators and third party partners and developers. Freescale provides the flexibility to differentiate, cut costs and innovate -- it's freedom for 3G. www.freescale.com/3G

About Global Locate

Global Locate, Inc. provides GPS and Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) products and services for wireless devices and networks. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, the company has sales offices in the New York metropolitan area, Tokyo, Taipei and Madrid. Global Locate's A-GPS product suite includes the integrated Global Locate® IndoorGPS® chipset, the World Wide Reference Network (WWRNTM), Long Term Orbit (LTO™) and the Global Locate A-GPS ServerTM. For more information see www.globallocate.com.

©2005 Global Locate, Inc. All rights reserved. Global Locate, IndoorGPS, LTO and WWRN are trademarks of Global Locate, Inc.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500®, is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2005 sales of $5.8 billion (USD). www.freescale.com

Freescale™ and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © Freescale Semiconductor Inc. 2006.

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