A Shanghai technology company yesterday unveiled the country's
first homemade navigation chip that is expected to be the heart of
China's satellite-based navigation system, a local newspaper
The "Navigation I" chip, developed by Shanghai Fukonghualong
Technology Co, can be applied on the country's homemade Beidou
satellite navigation system, Shanghai Morning Post
The Beidou system, mainly used for economic purposes, has played
a significant role in cartography, telecommunications, water
conservation, transportation, fishery, prospecting, forest fire
monitoring and national security.
The system was developed domestically and has been studied since
the 1990s. A trial system was completed in 2003, according to
China is one of the several countries in the world capable of
developing such a system on its own.
The system can help clients know their location at any time and
place with accurate longitude, latitude and altitude data.
It will be used in the coming Beijing Olympics to pinpoint
traffic congestion and supervise venues along with the GPS and will
also appear at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
(Shanghai Daily, February 22, 2008)