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Intel Processors Messes With Your GPS

In a sense, this is not really a new discovery. We’ve been told to switch off our notebooks, mobile phones, and in some cases even mobile music players in airplanes because its frequencies can mess with the plane’s navigation system.

However, have mentioned in this post that the Swedish Defence Research Agency found that Intel processors seem to have a higher tendency to mess with GPS frequencies. Of course, other processors might not get off scott free either. From the article:

Using a computer in a car, plane, boat, or anywhere a GPS system is used, can mean that the sat-nav device starts working incorrectly. Many modern processors with high clock frequencies – such as those from Intel with frequencies of 1.7GHz, 2.992GHz and 3.2GHz – have been highlighted as possible sources of interference.

“But these are only examples of processors we have chosen to study. I don’t think there would be any difference if we were to pick other types [or processors] since it is the clock frequency of the processor that decides on what frequency the interference occurs,” said Peter Stenumgaard at the Swedish Defence Research Agency.

6 responses to “Intel Processors Messes With Your GPS”.

  1. jame kingsted - domain name expert Says:

    well does that mean you can’t use a laptop in a car with GPS.
    the new macs are all Intel core processors. well I never new that they could mess with GPS like that. well if you find your self lost then turn of your laptop.

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Apparently, yes.

    However I doubt that most people would be driving with GPS and have a notebook powered on as well.

  3. kucau Says:

    well,can we just shield our laptop with copper ?

  4. Site Admin Azmeen Says:


    And how’s that much simpler than turning the bloody thing off? 😛

  5. papajoneh Says:

    this is interesting topic. I many times tempted to open my laptop while in the aeroplane… but i do not want to be cause of the plane going down later one.
    But somehow i noticed many switch on their laptops and start playing games while airborne. i was alive to witness all this happening. I wanna asked them to switch it off..coz they like sitting just across me but i noticed the stewardess also just ignored them…
    does this related to your post? sorry. being little knowledge again 😉

  6. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Hi papajoneh,

    Contrary to what you may think, everyone has “little knowledge”, so can stop disqualifying whatever you’re saying or posting with that phrase. Nobody knows everything, therefore everyone has “little knowledge”.

    The article mentions GPS systems for cars. Airplanes may use GPS as well, however, I’m pretty certain they have backup navigation systems that don’t rely on sat-nav.

    Then again, one needs to consider the proximity of the frequencency emitting device to the GPS system. It may only affect the GPS system if it’s within a certain range.

    Again, as you can see in my post, I mentioned that the frequencies “can” mess with the plane’s nav system, not “will” or “guaranteed to”.

    But then again, this may just be the airline company being cautious. But then, that’s just my opinion.