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Qualcomm, ISRO Supports India’s Satellite Navigation System

By | October 14, 2019

Qualcomm Snapdragon visualization. Photo: Digit

Qualcomm Technologies is teaming up with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to support India’s Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) and Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) in select chipset platforms across Qualcomm’s upcoming portfolio. The initiative aims to help accelerate the adoption of NavIC and enhance the geolocation capabilities of mobile, automotive, and the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the region. The collaboration delivered the first-ever NavIC demonstration using the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platforms on Sept. 19.

The solution is built on Qualcomm Technologies’ inventions in location-based position technology. As part of the updated platforms, the Qualcomm Location Suite now supports up to seven satellite constellations concurrently. These enhancements will help 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.

“We’re pleased to enhance our commitment to India by enabling support for NavIC in our chipset platforms and continuing our work with ISRO to accelerate NavIC’s adoption,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “This collaboration is the result of our 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. We look forward to seeing India continue to leverage next-generation mobile technologies and applications for new economic growth and societal benefits across its industries and communities.”