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GPS Business - Garmin to buy Navigon: USA/Europe, GPS/Smartphone
Posté le 14 juin 2011 à 18:00:00 par gpspassion. EN - General News
Source : Gpspassion

Posted June 14th, 2011
New M&A activity on the GPS market after the purchase of Navman by Mitac in 2007, of TeleAtlas by TomTom in 2008 and of Magellan by Mitac at the end of 2008 with the announcement today that Garmin was buying Navigon.

While both companies appear to complement each other well : strong US presence for Garmin, European for Navigon, strong road/handheld/sports GPS systems for Garmin, Smartphone (Apple iOS and Google Android) and a foothold in the OEM car market for Navigon, it remains to be seen how they will operate in the long run. In the meantime Navigon will operate as a subsidiary of Garmin. You can use the [BUSINESS] Garmin to acquire Navigon topic of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss.

Updated March 30th, 2009 - The legal battle between Microsoft and TomTom is over after being settled out of court as was to be expected. It started at the end of February when Microsoft sued TomTom claiming they were breaching several of their patents and had refused to talk with them...

... A few weeks later TomTom countersued with similar claims and lo and behold it's now all over with an apparent "defeat" for TomTom.

They've agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to Microsoft, have committed to licence or stop using Microsoft's technology and Microsoft receive coverage under the four patents of the countersuit. A total retreat it did they do it to stay in compliance with GPLv2 or not put more strain on their financial situation with a tough year ahead of them ? We'll probably never know, but they can now focus on the GPS challenges ahead. You can use this topic of the News forums to discuss.

Updated February 11th, 2009 - SiRF and CSR have just announced their merger, with SiRF valued at $136m (a 91% premium), to be compared with their $1 billion market value in November of 2007 and to the $283m Centrality was valued at when they bought them 18 months ago. A bit sad for the company that largely contributed to making consumer GPS what it is today, particularly with the launch of the SiRFstarIII chipset in early 2005, the first high-sensitivity chipset...

...Still, this merger will likely give them the opportunity to continue developing GPS platforms for the future, unlike NemeriX, another GPS chipset designer, who have apparently called it quits. You can use the [GPS BUSINESS] SiRF merge with CSR topic of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss.

Updated December 17th, 2008 - Mitac, the parent company of Mio, seem to be specializing in the purchase of faltering GPS companues with the announcement they were buying Magellan from Shah Capital, who had purchased them from Thales in July 2006. One of the original "GPS brands" with Garmin, Magellan gradually faded away in the US after a strong start with the Roadmate 500 and 700 systems in late 2004. In Europe they never made much of a dent and appear to have given up on the Road GPS market altogether...... The promising Triton handhelds that were ahead of Garmin's offering when they were released were plagued by bugs, and now poor map availability. In these conditions, one has to wonder what Mitac will be able to do with this fading brand...You can use the Magellan sold to Mitac (parent company of Mio) topic of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums started by gatorguy.

Updated August 27th, 2008 - There appears to be some confusion at the ITC over GPS since the ITC Staff have apparently filed an appeal of the...ITC judge's initial ruling that SiRF was infringing on Broadcom's patents. SiRF have appealed as well and have issued a press release to reassure their customers......Updated August 26th, 2008 - SiRF's bad year keeps getting worse with an ITC judge now recommending that the importation of all products containing the SiRF GPS chips that infringe Broadcom's patents be halted. This is the direct consequence of the initial ruling earlier this month that SiRF was infringing on several of Globallocate's patents, notably extended ephemeris for offline AGPS. I must say that when we first heard the news of SiRF launching SiRFInstantFix v1 in January 2006 I was concerned they were headed for trouble...

The product ban could include the TomTom GO products that use SiRFInstantFix v1 as well as a few other PDAPhones by HTC or Eten. Hopefully, SiRFInstantFixII isn't concerned by the ruling. Ironically the TomTom ONE systems include Globallocate's Hammerhead v1 chipset that uses LTO, GL's version of SiRFInstantFix...You can use this topic of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss.

Updated May 14th, 2008 - Nearly a year after TomTom announced that they intended to purchase TeleAtlas, the European Commission cleared the transaction after initially stating that it posed "grave threats" to competition in Europe...It's not clear what has changed since, but this purchase will end up costing €2.9 billion to TomTom after they forced by Garmin's counter-offer to raise their offer by €1 billion. Time will tell if this purchase was fruitful, but one has to wonder if TomTom would be willing to pay the same price today with the competition being in shambles...... (Navman and ViaMichelin are gone) and with the impressive data mining capabilities of their MapShare and IQ Routes programs. You can use this thread of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss.

Updated March 25th, 2008 - SiRF (website), the company that largely contributed to make consumer GPS what it is today, particularly with the launch of the SiRFstarIII chipset in early 2005, the first high-sensitivity chipset, is hitting hard times. They issued a revenue warning today and announced that they were reducing their workforce by 7%. They cite market conditions but it seems that they are now facing stiffer competition with MTK and STMicro winning designs with...... Garmin, Globallocate with TomTom and SiRFstarIII is now mainly used for top-end systems with lower volumes. Let's hope the purchase of Centrality and their SOC designs last year will help in the future. In the meantime you can use this topic of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss.

...Updated January 11th, 2008 - ViaMichelin (website) a fully owned subsidiary of world famous tire company Michelin, have just decided to exit the GPS business. In spite of their brand name, they were not able to grow their business much outside France over the past two years and losses had been mounting. In the US they launched the X930 in early 2007 with little success, and gave it another try with the X970 in the fall, but the use of the old v6 software was confusing to potential customers, although the unit was nevertheless effective as seen in Paul's review article in the forums.

Navigon, a new player on the US market, have apparently expressed interest in using the ViaMichelin brand for future devices but no details are known at this point. Let's wish good luck to the 60 people who manned the GPS team over there. You can use this thread in the News forums to discuss.

Updated November 16th, 2007 - After forcing TomTom to raise their bid for TeleAtlas by $1.5 billion, Garmin announced today that they would not pursue this offer, having renewed their contract with Navteq until 2015 with an option for four additional years. A healthy margin in light of Nokia's bid to buy Navteq. You can use this thread of the "News" forums to discuss.......

Updated October 31st, 2007 - The battle rages on between Garmin and TomTom who dominate the world of mobile GPS devices, with Garmin's unexpected move today to make a counter offer on TomTom's friendly takeover bid on TeleAtlas. While a bit difficult to understand from an "industrial" perspective since Garmin use Navteq maps, from a strategic perspective it's likely a way of making things difficult for TomTom starting with having to pay more then they planned, and if Garmin succeed they will have more...

... clout to negotiate with Nokia who have just offered to buy Navteq...Let's hope these big money fights won't harm the user experience on our GPS systems!

Updated October 1st, 2007 - Hot on the heels of the acquisition of TeleAtlas by TomTom, Nokia have just announced they were buying Navteq, the other independent global provider of road maps for GPS systems. The deal closed at $8.1 billion, meaning it was probably too much for Garmin, TomTom's main competitor, and their $22 billion market capitalization, had they been interested...... Still, this could mean trouble for Garmin and other manufacturers of GPS systems with their "raw material" now in the hands of players in that market. You can use this thread of the "News" forums to discuss.

Updated July 23rd, 2007 - TomTom are on a roll ! Two years after going public and turning the founders into billionaires in the process, they have just announced that they were going to make an offer to buy TeleAtlas, their longtime map provider, but also map provider to their competition, Mio, Navman and ViaMichelin, among others. Opportunity knocking for Navteq?...

... You can use this thread of the "News" forums to discuss.

Updated June 25th, 2007 - SiRF have just announced that they were purchasing Centrality Communications for $283m, about a quarter of their own market cap. While that may sound like a lot, Centrality have developed unique "All-in-One" platforms, ATLAS and TITAN that can handle all the processing required by GPS Systems (CPU, Graphics) and include a "soft gps" receiver...... that only needs an RF chip (NemeriX NJ1006 on the Medion AIOs) and an antenna.

With this acquisition, SiRF are moving from being a GPS chipset designer to being a provider of a turnkey platform for the 3D Graphic rich GPS systems of next year. Hopefully they will also use some of the promising AGPS techniques Centrality were working on. Let's stay tuned for more, in the meantime, we can use this thread of the "News" forums to discuss.

Updated February 23rd, 2007 - First major concentration move in the GPS Business with the announcement today that Brunswick had agreed to sell Navman to Mitac. Mitac are of course the parent company of Mio who made a big splash in the US market with the Mio C310x, the "Black Friday Star" of 2006. Brunswick had bought Navman from the founders in June of 2003.

Navman, while an early player and innovator with the iCN630 in 2003, the first AIO (All-in-One) or with NavPix in 2006, always appeared to be struggling to keep up with TomTom and Garmin. We'll have to see if Mitac keeps the Navman brand or merges it with the Mio brand. In the meantime, you can use this thread of the "News" forums to discuss.

Updated October 11th, 2006 - We've been enjoying sharing our GPS experiences and opinions from an "end-user" perspective since the site was launched 4 years ago, piecing together information found here and there and field observations, but from time to time it's nice to catch up with the "Pros"......which is what we do when we attend "tradeshows" (CES, CeBIT, Computex, etc...) and this very interesting CNET Interview of Kanwar Chadha......, a co-founder of SiRF, is also a good opportunity to do that.

Updated 02/11/2006 - Things are "heating up" it seems in the world of GPS with the lawsuits filed by Garmin on Friday against TomTom, alleging violation of patents, particularly for the way street names are displayed as well as for others that make "GPS Easier". You can use this thread of the forums to discuss.......

Updated 07/28/2005 - TomTom have just announced their results for Q2 and the growth is strong! You can listen in on the detailed comments of Harold Goddijn, TomTom's CEO, and Marina Wyatt, TomTom's CFO, in this multimedia presentation given to financial analysts yesterday. A lot of interesting data about TomTom but also on the GPS market and how they view where the US GPS market is going. You can use this thread to discuss...

Posted 05/29
Quite some news this week-end with the succesful IPO of TomTom in Amsterdam last Friday, with a valuation at the close of business of nearly 2 billion euros.The company sold 26.7 million shares at €17.50 each for total proceeds of €467 millions, with €117 million going to the company for the news shares issued and €350 million to management who was selling an aggregate of 20 million shares.

The numbers are staggering, but congratulations to TomTom who said that this will allow them to continue their growth and new product development. You can use this thread of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss.

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