GNSS Chip Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The GNSS Chip Market is segmented by Device Type (Smartphones, Tablets & Wearables, Personal Tracking Devices, Low-Power Asset Trackers), End-user Industry (Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Maritime, Rail, Agriculture), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2018- 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 14.6 %

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Market Overview

The GNSS downstream (both devices and services) market was valued at USD 162.9 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 353.17 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 14.6% during the period of 2021-2026. The precision and accuracy of these chips are largely dependent on the satellites in the visibility range. As a result, multiple countries are trying to deploy regional constellations for better navigation and mapping. However, as of the market scenario, only five countries (China, Russia, United States, India, and Japan), along with the European Union, have their own GNSS systems.

  • The increasing volume of consumer electronics that are equipped with navigation and positioning features are expected to create a huge demand for low power GNSS chips. Similarly, at a global scale, these numbers are expected to be far high, especially from the Asia-Pacific region, which is one of the fastest growing markets for consumer electronics. Over the forecast period, such growth in demand for consumer electronics is expected to retain it as the largest consumer of GNSS chips.
  • Moreover, the technology has been witnessing a significant investments for the development of chipsets. For instance, the European Commission allocated a total budget of EUR 101 million between 2015 and 2020. The budget is devoted by the European Union, to support the development of EGNSS-enabled chipsets, receivers, and antennas, to facilitate the adoption of EGNSS systems, improve the competitiveness of the EU industry, address user needs, and maximize benefits to the EU citizens.
  • There is a significant increase in the number of wearable devices being sold, over the past few years. According to the Cisco Systems, growth in the connected wearable devices from 325 million devices in 2016 to 593 million devices in 2018, holds a great deal of promise, especially for the healthcare applications. This has contributed to the increased demand of GNSS chips.
  • Cybersecurity is a challenge that organizations and individuals will face in the coming years. Ensuring the security of the digital infrastructure we heavily depend on is essential with the economies depending on GNSS for the functioning of critical industries and sectors. The IMO has issued ‘Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management to address the broad challenge of cybersecurity, providing high-level recommendations on maritime cyber risk management to protect shipping from current and emerging cyber threats and vulnerabilities. To guarantee that cyber risks are addressed within the current safety management systems by administrations, the Maritime Safety Committee has adopted ‘Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems.’
  • GNSS Galileo based Applications are useful in response to the diffusion of COVID-19. The applications cover a wide range of uses like queue management, response management and monitoring the pandemic. Hamagen, an app by Israel Ministry of Health, allows the identification of contacts between COVID-19 diagnosed patients and people who came in contact with them in the 14 days prior to the patient's diagnosis of the disease. The app retains information about user's locations and cross-references this information with the Ministry of Health's updated epidemiological data that is constantly updated and sent for cross-referencing purposes.

Scope of the Report

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) primarily refers to a constellation of satellites, which provides signals from space that transmit positioning and timing data to GNSS receivers. The receivers then use this data to determine various factors, such as location, speed, and altitude, in combination with several sensors. The study covers the market based on device type and uses of GNSS in different end-user industries across the globe.

By Device Type
Tablets & Wearables
Personal Tracking Devices
Low-Power Asset Trackers
Other Device Types
By End-user Industry
Aerospace & Defense
Other End-user Industries
North America
United States
Asia Pacific
South Korea
Latin America
Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Smartphones to Drive the Market Growth

  • Despite considerable saturation of mature markets, such as EU28, North American, and China, for smartphones, the shipments of smartphones still outnumber devices using GNSS chips. Smartphones have been using GNSS chips for a considerable time. In most cases, these chips support all publicly available satellite networks, such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, etc. However, when compared to dedicated navigation devices, these solutions were less accurate.
  • The European Commission has approved a regulation mandating that new smartphones launched in the market will have to include satellite and Wi-fi location services. According to the regulation, chipsets, enabled with the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capabilities, are likely to access the EU's satellite system Galileo, which provides accurate positioning and timing information. Eight EU countries have been following this regulation and are using Galileo-compatible chipsets.
  • For instance, the Lenovo Z6, launched in 2019, featured the Allystar HD8040 series chipset, a multi-GNSS chip that comes with dual-frequency GNSS capable of tracking the latest BDS phase III signal.
  • According to the European GNSS Agency, a total of 126 different Galileo-compatible smartphone models were available in the market at the beginning of 2019. These are estimated to represent a global installed base of 600 million units. With leading GNSS chipset providers producing Galileo-ready chipsets and over 25 global smartphone brands already integrating these chipsets in their latest smartphone models, this number is bound to grow over the forecast period, reflecting the market's growth.
  • In 2021, Broadcom launched a new solution that significantly improves accurate walking navigation through a combination of the Broadcom dual-frequency GNSS BCM47765 chip coupled with a new Android service that provides GNSS assistance through complex GNSS reflection ray modeling using their 3D building models.
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North America Holds Significant Market Share

  • North America is one of the largest markets for GNSS chips in the world. It is the second-largest market for smartphones and tablets, the second-largest market for in-vehicle navigation systems, and the largest manufacturer of aircrafts and one of the largest manufacturers of aerospace and maritime navigation products.
  • North America holds a significant share of GNSS receiver manufacturers in smartphone, aviation, naval, shipment, agriculture industries. The region is also the leading market for Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and is by far the largest group of GNSS-enabled search and rescue beacons. It is also the largest and most advanced market for precision agriculture. It also holds a significant industry share for system integrators for various applications like construction, mapping, marine surveying, etc.
  • The United States has an immense demand from almost all the end-users in the region. The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the US approved the spending of USD 716 billion for the Fiscal Year 2019, of which USD 1.46 billion is dedicated to the country's GPS program.
  • Additionally, there is considerably a high R&D activity in the region. The ongoing expansion of GPS III network, R&D activities to make GNSS chips more secure, etc., are expected to open new opportunities for the market studied in the region.
  • Moreover, Swift ​​Navigation​, which is ​​a San Francisco-based technological firm working on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology, primarily for autonomous vehicles, in September 2019, announced a partnership with Arm, a global player in semiconductor IP. In this strategic partnership, Arm is expected to offer Swift Navigation's high-accuracy and high-integrity GNSS positioning solutions as an option on Arm-based platforms to developers of autonomous and connected vehicles.
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Competitive Landscape

  • The GNSS chip market consists of several players. In terms of market share, none of the players dominate the market. Major players include Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Mediatek Inc., STMicroelectronics N.V., among others. The market players are considering strategic partnerships and collaborations to expand their market share. Some of the recent developments in the market are:
  • January 2021 - Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Alps Alpine Co., Ltd. announced a camera-based sensing and positioning device called ViewPose to support absolute lane-level vehicle positioning. Alps Alpine is leveraging multiple solutions from Qualcomm Technologies like the Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive 5G platform, which supports Multi Frequency GNSS and a Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform for processing multiple camera images and Vision Enhanced Precise Positioning (VEPP) software. This provides a cost-effective solution to lane-level accuracy for the electric front, rear- and side-view mirrors, high-definition map crowdsourcing, lane-level navigation for cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X), and advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving applications.
  • July 2020 - Quectel and Broadcom launched a GNSS positioning module with Quectel’s LC29D. This sub-meter level GNSS module integrates dead reckoning and multi-band real-time kinematic algorithm technologies delivering fast convergence times. The embedded 6-axis MEMS sensor, powered by the LC29D, can quickly identify and report motion, enabling consistent high-precision positioning even in weak-signal environments such as tunnels and underground parking structures. And, based on the Broadcom BCM47758 GNSS chip, the LC29D can concurrently receive signals from up to six constellations simultaneously, which maximizes the availability of sub-meter level accuracy.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Adoption of Environmental friendly Transport Solutions, Sustainable Agriculture and Meteorological Monitoring

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Demand for Accurate Real-time Data

      3. 5.1.3 Evolution of GNSS infrastructure, such as the appearance of new signals and frequencies

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Inability of GNSS to Offer Accurate Underground, Underwater, and Indoor Navigation

      2. 5.2.2 Complexity Regarding High Power Consumption

    3. 5.3 Assessment of Impact of Covid-19 on the Industry


    1. 6.1 GNSS Receiver Shipments (in billion Units), By Price Categories

    2. 6.2 High-end Receiver Shipments (in million Units), By Price Categories

    3. 6.3 Shipment of GNSS Devices (in Thousand Units), By Orbital sub-segment


    1. 7.1 By Device Type

      1. 7.1.1 Smartphones

      2. 7.1.2 Tablets & Wearables

      3. 7.1.3 Personal Tracking Devices

      4. 7.1.4 Low-Power Asset Trackers

      5. 7.1.5 Other Device Types

    2. 7.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 7.2.1 Automotive

      2. 7.2.2 Aerospace & Defense

      3. 7.2.3 Maritime

      4. 7.2.4 Rail

      5. 7.2.5 Agriculture

      6. 7.2.6 Other End-user Industries

    3. 7.3 Geography

      1. 7.3.1 North America

        1. United States

      2. 7.3.2 Europe

        1. Russia

      3. 7.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. South Korea

      4. 7.3.4 Latin America

      5. 7.3.5 Middle East and Africa


    1. 8.1 Company Profiles

      1. 8.1.1 Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

      2. 8.1.2 Mediatek Inc.

      3. 8.1.3 STMicroelectronics N.V.

      4. 8.1.4 Broadcom Corporation

      5. 8.1.5 Intel Corporation

      6. 8.1.6 U-blox Holdings AG

      7. 8.1.7 Navika Electronics

      8. 8.1.8 Quectel Wireless Solutions Co. Ltd

      9. 8.1.9 Skyworks Solutions Inc.

      10. 8.1.10 Furuno Electric Co. Ltd

      11. 8.1.11 Hemisphere GNSS

      12. 8.1.12 Trimble Inc.

      13. 8.1.13 Garmin Ltd.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The GNSS Chip Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The GNSS Chip Market is growing at a CAGR of 14.6% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Mediatek Inc., STMicroelectronics N.V., Broadcom Corporation, Intel Corporation are the major companies operating in GNSS Chip Market.

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