Microsoft has announced the availability of Streets & Trips 2007 with GPS Locator.
The GPS Locator that is included with Streets & Trips 2007 is newer than the locator that was included with the 2005 and 2006 versions of Streets & Trips. Previous versions of Streets & Trips came with what is the equivalent of a Pharos iGPS-360 receiver, which is based on the SiRFstarIIe/LP chipset, while the latest version of Streets and Trips come with the equivalent of a Pharos iGPS-500 receiver based on the SiRFstarIII chipset.
There are a few immediate benefits with this change. The new GPS receiver is far more sensitive than the older model. The above Microsoft press release states the new receiver to be:
10 times more sensitive than the previous GPS locator and provides a strong signal whether the user is in the city or mountains
According to the chipset manufacturer, SiRF, this extra sensitivity makes real-time navigation practical, including in many indoor environments, through urban canyons, and under dense foliage. Unlike the lengthy sequential search process of traditional GPS architectures, the SiRFstarIII architecture, with the equivalent of more than 200,000 correlators, enables fast and deep GPS signal search capabilities, resulting in significant improvement over today’s architectures that contain a few hundred to a few thousand correlators.
Another immediate benefit that customers should notice immediately is the size difference between the old and new models. Here is a picture comparing the two.
Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 with GPS Locator is available for an estimated retail price of $129 USD. See the Streets and Trips 2007 website for more information.
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