U-blox produces automotive-grade positioning modules

July 20, 2016By

U-blox has added automotive qualified product variants to its range of positioning and cellular wireless connectivity modules: the NEO-M8Q-01A, NEO-M8L-01A, SARA-G350-02A  and LISA-U201-03A. Manufactured according to the ISO/TS 16949 automotive supply-chain quality management standard, the modules are thoroughly tested with an extended qualification process aimed at achieving the lowest level of failure rates, u-blox said. Leveraging the early production experience of tens of millions of... read more

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Navigation progress for indoors and UAVs

July 19, 2016By
Schiebel Camcopter S-100 demonstrating detect and avoid system.

I didn’t get to this year’s IEEE/ION PLANS meeting in Savannah, Georgia, in April, but I did find a few papers that interested me. You might have read past articles of mine that looked at the challenges of indoor navigation. And, of course, unmanned vehicles technology also is one of my favorites. So, I was pleased to find papers that addressed a few key... read more

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OriginGPS and TDK collaborate on antenna integration for wearables

July 18, 2016By

TDK, a manufacturer of electronic components, and OriginGPS, a manufacturer of miniature GNSS modules, are collaborating to maximize GNSS performance in small devices such as wearables. As part of the collaboration, customers using OriginGPS Spider modules will receive increased support to integrate TDK antennas into their designs, including existing reference designs coupled with TDK’s extensive electromagnetic simulation capabilities on GNSS performance. “TDK is one... read more

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ComNav releases new-generation OEM Boards

July 18, 2016By
K708 OEM Board

ComNav Technology has released its advanced K700 and K708 GNSS OEM boards to the international market. With the advanced ComNav application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chip, K7-series OEM boards have higher observation data quality and lower power consumption compared to previous K5-series OEM boards. The data output rate also increases substantially by working with a new Atmel processor. As a cost-effective GNSS OEM board, K700 is... read more

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DOT conducts more testing for GPS adjacent band compatibility study

July 12, 2016By

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is conducting additional testing of GPS/GNSS receivers this month as part of the DOT Adjacent Band Compatibility Study, according to a Federal Register notice. The goal of the study is to evaluate the adjacent radio frequency band power levels that can be tolerated by GPS/GNSS receivers, and advance the DOT’s understanding of the extent to... read more

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Innovation: Evolutionary and revolutionary

July 11, 2016By
FIGURE 1.  An extended bandwidth GNSS antenna. The lower and connected dipoles are tuned to L2 and the upper coupled shorted dipoles are tuned to L1. Current flow in the circular waveguide of the GNSS antenna is shown. Strong circumferential currents flow at the top of the waveguide. Red indicates large currents and the arrows show the directions of the current flow.

The development and performance of the VeraPhase GNSS antenna
We take a look at a revolutionary design of a multi-frequency multi-GNSS antenna. Our authors discuss how the antenna evolved from a research project in academia to a commercial product about to enter the market. read more

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Spirent’s new GSS7000 system offers flexible multi-GNSS testing

July 6, 2016By

Spirent Communications plc is releasing a new series of multi-frequency, multi-GNSS RF constellation simulators. The GSS7000 series provides an entry to multi-frequency testing, with a modular approach to enable this new precision GNSS simulation system to expand with users’ needs. The GSS7000 system will suit receiver, system and application developers who want to take advantage of new satellite navigation systems... read more

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Kids’ smartwatch developed with u-blox

July 5, 2016By

KIWI PLUS, a Korean software-development company, has launched a new children’s smartwatch developed in collaboration with u-blox. LINE Kids Watch is a tiny and colorful wearable with LINE emojis functioning as an Android-based smartwatch and officially distributed by KT Corporation. It enables precise tracking of the whereabouts of children, while also offering educational and interactive content. LINE Kids Watch uses KIWI... read more

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