Between India and the Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi, New Delhi’s own GPS system to use the system intensified negotiations. Xiaomi may be the first company to use India’s GPS.
The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) is conducting high-level talks with Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi. The subject of the talks is the addition of NaVIC chipsets to Xiaomi smartphones. NaVIC is known as India’s own GPS, which will serve users on the Indian subcontinent. (It is worth mentioning that NaVIC is GPS when using NavIC chipset in the news.)
The NaVIC chipset will be produced in cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies and Isro, as announced in October. According to a senior Isro official, Xiaomi can launch the NavIC integrated smartphone in seven months if everything goes well. He added that they are targeting mid-range smartphones.
Although confident that they will agree with Xiaomi, nothing has been concluded yet, he said. Referring to co-operation with Qualcomm, he stressed that they expect to launch the chipset towards the end of this month.
NaVIC, the Indian Regional Satellite Positioning System (IRNSS), provides precise real-time positioning and scheduling. The satellites within the IRNSS program cover an area of about 1500 kilometers. Expansion of this area is planned.
Failure to integrate NaVIC into smartphones is an obstacle to bringing IRNSS services to the masses. While Isro and Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter planes were equipped with NaVIC, the vehicles registered after April 1, 2019 were obliged to have NaVIC tracking devices. Already more than 30 companies are producing NavIC-compliant vehicle tracking devices approved by the Indian Automotive Research Association or the International Center for Automotive Technologies.
Isro also said that the 55-nanometer-based Multi-Chip Modules (MCM), developed through Taiwan-based SkyTraQ, were supplied by the company’s commercial arm to make the Indian industry productive in the NavIC Messaging Receiver and Research Tracking Units.