Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is going to support India’s Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC), in select chipset platforms across the company’s upcoming portfolio.
The initiative will help accelerate the adoption of NavIC and enhance the geolocation capabilities of mobile, automotive and the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the region – with the backing of engineering talent in India. The collaboration delivered the first-ever NavIC demonstration using the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platforms on September 19th and are scheduled to showcase the solution again at India Mobile Congress, October 14-16.
The solution is built on Qualcomm Technologies’ foundational inventions in location-based position technology. As part of the updated platforms, the Qualcomm® Location Suite now supports up to seven satellite constellations concurrently, including the use of all of NavIC’s operating satellites for more accurate location performance, faster time-to-first-fix (TTFF) position acquisition, and improved robustness of location-based services. These enhancements will enable select mobile, automotive and IoT platforms to better serve key industries and technology ecosystems in the region and will help improve user experience for location-based applications especially in dense urban environments where geolocation accuracy tends to degrade.
Support for NavIC will be available in select Qualcomm Technologies’ chipset platforms starting in late 2019 and commercial devices with NavIC support are expected to be available during the first half of 2020. Qualcomm Technologies and ISRO are scheduled to demonstrate NavIC support in the Snapdragon Mobile Platforms at India Mobile Congress, October 14-16, in the Qualcomm booth 4.2 in Hall 4.
Durga Malladi, SVP and GM, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said the company is pleased to enhance the firm's commitment to India by enabling support for NavIC in the company's chipset platforms and continuing the work with ISRO to accelerate NavIC’s adoption. This collaboration is the result of Qualcomm's long-standing presence and investments in the region, including a substantive local engineering force and ongoing initiatives aimed at empowering India’s technology and innovation ecosystems, such as the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge and Qualcomm Innovation Lab.
Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space, said NavIC is a critical step forward in our pursuit of harnessing space technology for national development and the organization is eager to make it accessible to everyone for their day to day use. ISRO is very happy to be working with Qualcomm Technologies to enable NavIC on Mobile platforms. Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership and support for NavIC on their mobile platforms will bring the benefits of this indigenous solution to every Indian. ISRO appreciates Qualcomm Technologies for enabling the technology demonstration of NavIC support on mobile platform for the very first time.