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Mio Technology Adds SiRFInstantFixII to Worldwide GPS Portfolio1/7/2008
~ Faster GPS signal acquisition gets users ready to navigate in as little as five seconds ~
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 7, 2008 – Mio Technology Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of personal GPS products, is now offering devices that feature SiRFInstantFixII quick GPS signal lock technology to customers in Asia and Europe with plans to feature the technology in a number of upcoming North American products in 2008. SiRFInstantFixII secures a GPS signal lock in as few as five seconds so users can begin navigating when they’re ready to drive. Mio Technology will showcase products using this technology in its booth (LVCC South Hall, Booth 35344) at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show.
"As a leading player in the mobile GPS navigation market, we strive to enrich users’ lives, and believe that eliminating the time it takes to acquire a GPS signal is a great step in that direction," said Samuel Wang, president, Mio Technology Corporation. "We are very excited about the positive effect SiRFInstantFixII will have on the portable navigation device user experience. Through our close alliance with SiRF, we look forward to bringing more innovative technologies to market and helping consumers explore more."
SiRFInstantFixII is an autonomous version of SiRF’s original SiRFInstantFix technology that significantly improves the time-to-GPS-lock of portable navigation devices (PNDs) and other mobile navigation products without needing any network connectivity for assistance or updates.
SiRFInstantFixII can reduce the time it takes to find and lock a GPS signal during warm starts, the typical PND start-up mode, from more than half a minute to as few as five seconds, and in urban canyons – where tall buildings can impede GPS signals – the difference can be even more significant. SiRFInstantFixII lessens the wait time while demonstrating excellent positional accuracy by using sophisticated, patent-pending algorithms that enable the PND to model the behavior of visible GPS satellites during the day and predict their position in the sky for up to Mio Technology Corp. Mio Technology adds SiRFInstantFixII Page 2 of 3
three days in the future. SiRFInstantFixII continuously refines its calculations based on the latest data it receives from the satellites being tracked every time the PND is used.
"Our groundbreaking SiRFInstantFixII technology makes the frequent start-up waits for PNDs a thing of the past," said Kanwar Chadha, founder and vice president of marketing for SiRF Technology. "By not requiring any network connectivity or downloads, it significantly improves the daily navigation experience for users of mobile navigation devices."
The new SiRFInstantFixII has been specifically designed to meet the needs of consumers using devices where a network-based update would be cumbersome or otherwise undesirable. Manufacturers already using SiRF’s original SiRFInstantFix will find it continues to provide the highest performance for network-connected devices and for products where updates can be performed seamlessly with little or no user interaction. SiRF offers manufacturers the greatest flexibility to choose between the new "unplugged" SiRFInstantFixII (with three days of satellite predictions) for PND-type devices which may have no connectivity and the "classic" SiRFInstantFix (with up to seven days of satellite predictions) for connected devices to best meet their end customer requirements.
About Mio Technology Corporation
Mio Technology develops and markets products that enable users to take advantage of the latest developments in mobile services. The company was established in May 2002 and now has operations in Taiwan, mainland China, Europe, North America, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Mio Technology has more than 1,200 employees worldwide and sells and markets its products in over 47 countries and territories. The company offers a wide array of mobile navigation products, which today includes car navigation systems, handheld navigation systems, GPS PDA phones and GPS PDAs, all designed to enable people to explore and discover the world around them. Mio Technology is among the world’s top three vendors of mobile devices with integrated GPS. The company is online at www.mio.com.
About SiRF Technology
SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. develops and markets location platforms based on semiconductor and software products that are designed to enable location-awareness utilizing GPS and other location technologies, enhanced by wireless connectivity and multimedia capabilities for high-volume mobile consumer devices and commercial applications. SiRF’s technology has been integrated into a wide range of mobile consumer devices such as automobile navigation systems, portable navigation devices (PNDs), mobile phones, mobile computers, GPS-based peripherals and handheld GPS devices, and into commercial applications such as location servers, asset tracking devices and fleet management systems. SiRF markets and sells its products in four target platforms: wireless Mio Technology Corp. Mio Technology adds SiRFInstantFixII Page 3 of 3
handheld devices such as mobile phones; automotive electronics systems, including navigation and telematics systems; consumer electronics products such as recreational GPS handhelds, mobile gaming machines, digital cameras and wearable devices; and mobile computing systems, including personal digital assistants, notebook computers, universal mobile personal computers (UMPCs) and mobile internet devices. Founded in 1995, SiRF is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has sales offices, design centers and research facilities around the world. The company trades on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the symbol SIRF. Additional information about SiRF and its location technology solutions can be found at www.sirf.com.
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