Design & Test

Vector Signal Generator Covers BeiDou

March 31, 2014By
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The R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator can generate Galileo, GPS, and GLONASS signals for up to 24 satellites in real time. With the SMBV-K107 option, the simulator covers the BeiDou standard as well. The R&S SMBV-K101 option allows developers in the automotive and wireless communications industries to test GNSS receivers for specific effects such as obscuration and multipath propagation. If... read more

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Spirent Launches Advanced Simulator for Multi-GNSS Testing

March 31, 2014By
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Spirent Communications, provider of testing solutions for positioning and navigations systems, has introduced the Spirent GSS9000 Multi-Frequency, Multi-GNSS RF Constellation Simulator. The GSS9000 offers a new benchmark in performance, capability and flexibility that includes the ability to simulate signals from all GNSS and regional navigation systems. The GSS9000 offers new levels of performance, enabled by a four-fold increase in RF... read more

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Spectracom Begins Program for Application-Specific Testing

March 6, 2014By
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Spectracom has begun a program to develop robust application-specific testing solutions. The program fills what the company calls a technology and expertise gap in providing customers in a variety of industries the tools to perform more comprehensive qualification of their mission-critical systems. Examples of these industries include: ◾ multi-constellation (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou) simulation; ◾ integrated MEMs/INS testing; ◾ Interference... read more

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2014 Simulator Buyers Guide

March 1, 2014By
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In GPS World’s annual Simulator Buyers Guide, we feature simulator tools, devices, and software from six prominent companies. Also available as a downloadable PDF. read more

Spirent’s SimSAFE Fights Signal Vulnerability

March 1, 2014By

By Tracy Cozzens Spirent Communications now offers SimSAFE, a software solution that simulates legitimate GNSS constellations along with spoofed or hoax signals to evaluate receiver resilience and help develop counter measures. Hoax or spoofing attacks work by mimicking genuine GNSS signals, which mislead GNSS receivers.  The military and critical infrastructure — such as wireless networks, banking, and utilities — are especially... read more

Recording and Replay for Multiple Constellations and Frequency Bands

March 1, 2014By
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The design and verification of a new class of portable wideband record-and-playback system considers the relative merits and limitations of both simulator and record/replay approaches. The authors also discuss the benefits of the different test approaches to the development and characterization of various GNSS receiver types. read more

GNSS Receiver from Galileo Satellite Navigation Now on Cadence Core

February 25, 2014By

A software-based GNSS receiver is now available on Tensilica ConnX DSP IP cores, according to an announcement by Cadence Design Systems and Galileo Satellite Navigation, Ltd. (GSN), a developer of multi-system GNSS products including software receiver technology. The core is being demonstrated at the Cadence booth at Mobile World Congress, being held this week in Barcelona, Spain. The GSN GNSS... read more

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LabSat 3 Updates Include Extended Recording

February 21, 2014By
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Racelogic’s latest update to the LabSat 3 simulator allows the use of 128-Gbyte SD cards, giving up to nine hours of high-quality RF recording. Also included in the update is the ability to use external USB hard drives and the addition of a serial/USB NMEA output, generated by the internal GPS engine during a replay. The multi-constellation, stand-alone, battery-powered GPS/GLONASS/Beidou... read more

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