TomTom and Globallocate chose the first day of the 2007 CES Show to announce that the TomTom ONE "would now be powered by Globallocate's hosted Hammerhead chipset with its optional AGPS over the Internet. It also adds 1Gb of built-in flash memory for convenient map storage, but the big news there was the partnership between TomTom and Globallocate that had been rumoured since mid-December.
Globallocate are best known for their GL20000 chipset that powered the HP hw6515 and hw6915 PDAPhones with uneven performance, but it was said to be a SiRFstarII equivalent, in comparison the Hammerhead chipset was introduced as being comparable to the SiRFstarIII chipset. I was able to test an early version of the Hammerhead in January 2006 in San Jose and it was quite impressive.
This article aims to compare the two generations of TomTom ONE systems, from an overall perspective but more specifically their GPS performance to see if TomTom's move away from the mighty and "universal" SiRFstarIII chipset will have an impact on the user experience.