There IS a GPS chip inside the wifi PlayBook.
From iFixit’s teardown, look at Step 7, front view of the motherboard:
BlackBerry PlayBook Teardown – iFixit
Among other chips, iFixit sees this chip:
- Texas Instruments WL1283 WLAN/Bluetooth/FM
This chip contains a GPS decoder.
iFixit doesn’t say so, but look at TI’s webpage describing the WL1283:
Wireless LAN, WLAN Solutions for Mobile Wireless Devices â€“ TI.com
High-performance GPS core
- Best-in-class 3GPP test performance
- Multi-path resolution engine coupled with advanced algorithms reduces interference impact for more accurate positioning in urban canyons
- On-chip position engine simplifies integration with device host processor
- Supports reduced power consumption during tracking
- Host-independent location buffering and geo-fencing features further reduce host loading and power consumption
There’s even a FM radio!
- Increased output power for FM transmit combined with highly sensitive FM receive delivers cleaner FM experience
- Supports internal antenna
So we’ve got the GPS hardware in our PlayBooks. Now we’re just waiting for RIM to get the OS / drivers working so our favorite software can actually get GPS fixes.
Discussion/Download: There IS a GPS chip in the Wifi PlayBook!
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