This report aims to establish a balanced and insightful comparison of major GNSS IC OEMs. Companies were evaluated in terms of seven Implementation criteria and ten Innovation criteria that encapsulate the current and future needs and design trends in the GNSS and greater location market. This ensures that companies are considered beyond just market share, to understand those that are best placed to be successful and companies that are under threat.

The GNSS market is clearly a two-tiered system today, with the high volume smartphone and tablet space dominated by GNSS OEMs with a broad range of cellular and wireless connectivity and platform capabilities. It’s clear that indoor location, always-on capabilities and concurrent GNSS performance are key differentiators in this market.

The smaller dedicated GNSS device market largely consists of standalone GNSS ICs, modules and SoCs that have been programmed and optimized for specific tasks. This market is more focused on higher levels of outdoor accuracy through GNSS and the potential move to dual frequency, as well as programmable flash memory and flexible GNSS IC families that enable customers to select the constellations and features that best meet their needs