Design & Test

Letter to the Editor: Automatic Gain Control, Spoofing

July 1, 2012By

Just for the record: what is reported in “Detecting False Signals With Automatic Gain Control” (April GPS World) is what we introduced a long time ago and is reflected in one of our videos, and implemented in all of our GNSS receivers. AGC information is one of the four ways, and the least significant way, that we show interferences. There is a big difference between showing something in the laboratory and in some receivers, compared with having technology in mass production that everyone can understand and use. — Javad Ashjaee read more

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Reminder: Leap Second This Weekend

June 29, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Likely none of us needs a reminder as the upcoming leap second has been all over the news outlets for the past few days. But just to provide the details again, read this article. Presumably, all GPS receiver manufacturers have checked to make sure their receivers will handle the leap second properly. However, at least... read more

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The Patent Brouhaha

June 28, 2012By

Two British technologists backed by the U.K. Ministry of Defense have filed patents on the future interoperable GPS and Galileo signal designs that severely disrupt modernization plans for both systems and suddenly, unexpectedly place receiver manufacturers in a highly uncertain and unfavorable situation. Some of the patents have been granted in the U.K. and in Europe, and applications are pending in U.S. patent court, with a ruling expected at any time. read more

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Acquisition of Cognovo Gives u-blox Own 4G Chip Technology

June 28, 2012By

u-blox, a positioning and wireless semiconductors, announces the acquisition of UK-based Cognovo Ltd., a company specializing in software defined modem (SDM) chip development technology. The acquisition extends u-blox’ chip design capabilities to create differentiated products for strategic markets that require 4G communications combined with global positioning. read more

Hemisphere GPS Introduces A325 GNSS Smart Antenna

June 27, 2012By

Today, Hemisphere GPS introduced the A325 GNSS Smart Antenna. It incorporates professional-level centimeter and sub-meter positioning accuracy powered by Hemisphere GPS' Eclipse receiver technology and includes L-band and Bluetooth communications support. A325 is designed for a variety of applications including agriculture, construction, straddle carriers, robotics, marine, survey, and GIS, Hemisphere GPS said. read more

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GSA Begins Preparations for Future EGNOS Services

June 21, 2012By

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) Wednesday published a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union inviting operators to bid for the provision of EGNOS services over the 2014-2021 period. This contract will consist in operating, maintaining and upgrading the EGNOS system infrastructure, and ensuring the continuous and safe provision of the three services offered by EGNOS. read more

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GPS Satellite Simulator

June 19, 2012By

CAST Navigation of Tewksbury, Massachusetts introduced its SGX GPS Satellite Simulator. With its compact size — 7 × 11× 3 inches — and weighing in at just over 4 pounds, the SGX is CAST’s newest and smallest fully capable simulator to date. The new SGX replaces the CAST-SIMCOM Simulator which was a 17-inch, 50-pound simulator. The SGX lightweight portability operates... read more

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Compact Modules for RTK GNSS

June 13, 2012By

Hemisphere GPS announces the Eclipse P300 and Eclipse P301 OEM modules — its next-generation high‑performance compact modules for RTK GNSS applications. Based on new Hemisphere GPS multi-function application firmware and Eclipse GNSS multi‑constellation technology, P300 and P301 provide the ability for tracking commercially available GNSS signals for precise positioning. read more

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