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Feb 15, 2006

GPS Use To Take Off: Majority Of Cellphones GPS Enabled By 2011

Speaking at the 3GSM World Congress, the world's largest mobile telecommunications fair being held in Barcelona, Kanwar Chadha founder of SiRF Technology Holding Inc. told Reuters that by 2011 most handsets sold will include a chipset enabling Global Positioning System (GPS) locations. According to Mr. Chadha, currently less that 10% are so equipped. "In the next 5 years it will become a required element for most phones, except for the very, very low end, which are for voice-only usage." Reuters quoted him as saying.

Many handsets in the United States and in Asia are already being fitted with GPS locators because regulators demand that they are able to locate persons in need. Mr. Chadha also sees growing demand for GPS technology in the automobile industry, and in consumer electronics.

SiRF Technology Holding Inc. is one of the world's largest manufacturers of GPS chipsets, which are used by the manufacturers of mobile phones and other consumer electronic devices.

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