Design & Test

Navigation Test Supplier IFEN Establishes U.S. Company

March 11, 2013By

IFEN GmbH, based outside of Munich, Germany, has established IFEN Inc. in the United States. The new U.S. company will address the needs of the American market for GNSS test equipment, IFEN said. “IFEN Inc., located in Corona, California, will greatly facilitate order placement, delivery and support for U.S. customers,” said Günter Heinrichs, head of Customer Applications and Business Development, of... read more

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Spectracom Simulators Add Channels, Signals

March 5, 2013By

Spectracom announces its ability to simulate up to 64 RF channels in four frequency bands for testing the integration of most advanced GNSS receivers. The GSG series of GNSS simulators are designed to offer as much capability as needed by developers, integrators, and manufacturers of applications for global satellite navigation. “We understand the needs for simulating GPS and GNSS signals... read more

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Building a Wide-Band Multi-Constellation Receiver

March 1, 2013By
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The authors designed a full-constellation GNSS receiver, using a cost-effective, readily available, flexible front-end, wide enough to capture the frequency from 1555 MHz to 1607 MHz, more than 50MHz. This spectrum width takes into account BeiDou E2, Galileo E1, GPS L1, and GLONASS G1. In the course of their development, the authors used an external OCXO oscillator as the reference clock and reconfigured the platform, developing their own custom wide-band firmware. read more

The System: GPS Alliance, Galileo Budget, EGNOS Safe Skies

March 1, 2013By

New Organization Advocates for GPS Industry; Galileo Lives to Fly Another Day, Budget Passed; Safer Skies for EGNOS; and GLONASS in Brazil New Organization Advocates for GPS Industry A new group, the GPS Innovation Alliance, has formed and announced itself as the voice of the U.S. GPS industry and community of users, to “support the ever-increasing importance of GPS” in... read more

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Spectracom Simulator Compatible with China’s Beidou System

February 20, 2013By

Spectracom has announced its upgrade capability to China’s global navigation satellite system, Beidou. The Spectracom GSG Series 5 and Series 6 GNSS signal simulators, released in 2012, are designed to be field upgradeable to simulate current and future GNSS constellations. GSG simulators are capable of outputting the frequencies, modulations and data formats of anticipated GNSS systems. The January release of... read more

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Spirent Technical Interchange Features Hands-on Demonstrations

February 8, 2013By

Next month Spirent is hosting a meeting with hands-on training sessions on GNSS simulation equipment led by Spirent engineers. The 2013 Spirent Federal 2013 GNSS Technical Interchange Meeting will be held March 19-21 at the DoubleTree Hotel Anaheim-Orange County, in Orange, California. March 19 and 20 are for general participation. The third day, March 21, features FOUO (For Official Use... read more

Symmetricom Enhances SSU 2000 Platform with GLONASS

February 5, 2013By

Symmetricom, Inc. today announced two new capabilities for its SSU 2000 Synchronization Supply Unit: a GLONASS timing reference that uses signals from the satellite navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), an ITU-T synchronization standard that delivers frequency synchronization over the Ethernet physical layer. This enhanced version of the SSU 2000 will be the... read more

LabSat 2 Customers Offered Free BeiDou Upgrade

February 4, 2013By

LabSat 2 now has the ability to record and replay satellite signals from the rapidly expanding Chinese navigation system, BeiDou. LabSat 2 users can now record and replay any combination of two channels from the three available constellations, GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. Existing LabSat 2 users can  download the latest firmware (v2.0.0) and PC software (v2.6.14) to add this functionality... read more

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