Receiver Design

Assured PNT for Our Future: PTA

September 1, 2014By
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Actions Necessary to Reduce Vulnerability and Ensure Availability By Brad Parkinson (From the 25th Anniversary GNSS History Special Supplement) Introduction About 40 years ago, we had a vision for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). That vision was more than successful, and became known as GPS. In some respects we have been almost too successful: PNT is frequently taken for granted.... read more

Multi-Constellation. Dual-Frequency. Single-Chip.

August 27, 2014By
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This integrated circuit supports simultaneous reception and processing of the GPS L1/L5, Galileo E1/E5a, and GLONASS G1 signals with 40 tracking channels. The dual-band analog RF front-end is integrated on the same mixed-signal chip as the baseband hardware, including an embedded processor to close the tracking loops: overall, a compact, low-power, and low-cost solution. read more

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Canadian Science Minister Announces Grant to Langley’s UNB Lab

August 26, 2014By
Professor Langley (center) discusses the UNB geodesy program with Canadian Science Minister Ed Holder (second from left.)

The Canadian Minister of State for science and technology, Ed Holder, visited the University of New Brunswick on July 28 to announce the awarding by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of $2.4 million to 28 UNB researchers. He was joined by Keith Ashfield, member of Parliament for Fredericton, where UNB is based, and Craig Leonard, the New Brunswick Minister... read more

M3 Systems Announces Simulator Based on Vector Signal Transceiver

June 20, 2014By
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M3 Systems is now offering the StellaNGC multi-constellation GNSS simulator based on the National Instruments (NI) vector signal transceiver. The simulator is designed for the testing of satellite navigation receivers for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and EGNOS/WAAS. It is designed to improve performance, scalability, and versatility, and reduce cost over existing navigation test solutions. GNSS is the predominant technology today for... read more

How to Survive a Total Constellation Outage

April 3, 2014By
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Yesterday we posted news of an 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, due to an upload of bad ephemerides. Coincidentally, during that 11-hour period, the mass-market chip company Broadcom was conducting multi-constellation receiver tests in Asia. Frank van Diggelen, Broadcom’s chief GNSS scientist and vice president says, “We have definitive data to show how a multi-constellation receiver survives such... read more

Innovation: Ground-Based Augmentation

April 2, 2014By
FIGURE 5. Research aircraft D-IBUF (Dornier Do 128-6).

Combining Galileo with GPS and GLONASS
While a GPS-based GBAS will offer improved navigation services for aircraft, might these services be even better if the systems were to use satellites from other constellations besides GPS? In this month’s column, the authors show how GBAS protocols might be modified to accommodate multiple constellations, offering results of preliminary tests using GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo simultaneously. read more

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A Mass-Market Galileo Receiver

April 1, 2014By
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Its Algorithms and Performance
The authors test three mass-market design drivers on a chip developed expressly for a new role as a combined GPS and Galileo consumer receiver: the time-to-first-fix for different C/N0, for hot, warm, and cold start, and for different constellation combinations. read more

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Quad-Constellation Receiver: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou

January 8, 2014By

The implementation changes and first live tests of BeiDou and Galileo on Teseo-3 GNSS chips developed in 2013 are covered, bringing it to a four-constellation machine. By 2020, we expect to have four global constellations all on the same band, giving us more than 100 satellites — under clear sky, as many as 30 or 40 simultaneously. read more