u-blox 5 Chipset in New Microsoft USB Stick - Inside GNSS

u-blox 5 Chipset in New Microsoft USB Stick

u-blox Holding AG has announced that Microsoft Corporation selected its latest positioning engine, u-blox 5, for a new “GPS Locator” USB stick.

The “GPS Locator” USB stick will be bundled with the next release of MapPoint 2009, Microsoft’s business travel and map software package, expected to be on the shelves in August 2008.


u-blox Holding AG has announced that Microsoft Corporation selected its latest positioning engine, u-blox 5, for a new “GPS Locator” USB stick.

The “GPS Locator” USB stick will be bundled with the next release of MapPoint 2009, Microsoft’s business travel and map software package, expected to be on the shelves in August 2008.

GPS devices are often too big to connect to a notebook without a USB cable, a challenge that Microsoft was able to overcome this problem, offering users a compact GPS-enabled USB stick that feels very much like regular, widely used memory sticks and easily plugs into any computer.

“We are very proud that Microsoft uses u-blox 5 for its new MapPoint package,” said Nikolaos Papadopoulos, president of u-blox America.