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NovAtel Supplies Reference Receivers for IRNSS Ground Segment

December 23, 2013By
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NovAtel Inc., a manufacturer of GNSS precise positioning technology, has announced an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to supply reference receiver products for use in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) ground segment. India-based Elcome Technologies Pvt. Limited, a sister company to NovAtel in the Hexagon Group of Companies, will provide local integration, training and technical... read more

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Nautiz X1 Ultra-Rugged Smartphone Is Now Shipping

December 19, 2013By
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Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, PDAs and smartphones, has started shipping the Nautiz X1. The Nautiz X1 is a rugged enterprise smartphone — it’s waterproof, dustproof, shock-resistant and can handle extreme temperatures, yet it’s also slim, lightweight and smartly designed for both work and play, the company said. The Nautiz X1 is now shipping to customers worldwide.... read more

Loctronix Ships ASR-2300 Software-Defined Radio Module for Indoor/Outdoor Positioning

December 11, 2013By
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Loctronix Corporation, a provider of unified positioning solutions for GNSS-challenged environments, announced that it has begun shipments of its new software-defined radio (SDR) module, the ASR-2300, for developing high-performance positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), and communication applications. “The ASR-2300 delivers advanced SDR capabilities in a small, mobile form-factor enabling developers to readily create and field complex SDR-based solutions. Featuring a... read more

Qualcomm Introduces Chipset with Integrated 4G LTE World Mode for High-Volume Smartphones

December 9, 2013By

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. According to Qualcomm, the delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption of smartphones in emerging regions, and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are poised to address the needs of consumers as 4G LTE begins to ramp in China. Snapdragon 410 chipsets support... read more

Broadcom Offers GNSS Location Chip with BeiDou Support

December 9, 2013By
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Broadcom Corporation has introduced the BCM47531, a GNSS chip that generates positioning data from five satellite constellations simultaneously — GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, SBAS and BeiDou. The newly added BeiDou constellation increases the number of satellites available to a smartphone, enhancing navigation accuracy, particularly in urban settings where buildings and obstructions can affect performance. More than 226 million mobile phones were... read more

Galileo Position Fix with Open Source Software Receiver Achieved

December 6, 2013By
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For the first time, position fixes in real time using signals from Galileo have been achieved with an open source software receiver. The milestone was achieved by a research team from the Statistical Inference Department here at the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), which manages the development of the open source project GNSS-SDR. read more

Amazon Demonstrates Drone Delivery Service

December 2, 2013By
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Amazon has unveiled its plans for a new Prime Air service that uses drone helicopters to deliver customers’ orders in as little as 30 minutes. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday that the drones would be ready to take flight in four to five years. But an Amazon spokesperson pointed to an updated... read more

GNSS Simulator in R&S SMBV100A Now Supports BeiDou

November 25, 2013By
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Rohde & Schwarz extends the functionality of the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator by adding BeiDou/Compass capability to its integrated GNSS simulator. With the R&S SMBV-K107 option, the GNSS simulator now covers the BeiDou standard as well as the GPS, Galileo and GLONASS satellite navigation systems. The new option allows users to generate real-time scenarios with up to 24 BeiDou satellites. R&S SMBV-K107... read more