Simulators & Tools

Rohde & Schwarz GNSS Simulator Creates Real-World Scenarios

July 15, 2013By
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Rohde & Schwarz provides developers of satellite-based navigation instruments with a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) simulator, which runs on the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator. The new R&S SMBV-K101 option allows developers in the automotive and wireless communications industries, for example, to test GNSS receivers for specific effects such as obscuration and multipath propagation. Buildings, tunnels and bridges as... read more

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ESA Selects Averna for Signal Analysis, Monitoring of Galileo

June 27, 2013By
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Averna, developer of test solutions and services for communications and electronics device makers worldwide, announced today that the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Averna’s Record & Playback solution for signal analysis and monitoring of Galileo satellites. The R&P platform selected by ESA features the RP-5300, a compact 2-channel wideband RF recorder designed to record live RF signals in the... read more

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Spirent Launches Multi-Frequency GNSS Record and Playback System

June 6, 2013By
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Spirent Communications’ new  SS6425 multi-frequency GNSS record and playback (RPS) test system provides RF recordings for more constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS), more frequencies (L1, L2, L5), wider bandwidth (30MHz) and more features than the company’s previous systems, to support a wide range of positioning and timing test applications. The test system is self-contained and portable, enabling users to... read more

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Rohde & Schwarz, 7Layers Verify Improved Test Method for ECC

May 22, 2013By

Rohde & Schwarz and 7Layers have verified and validated the synchronized test approach to determine the Envelope Correlation Coefficient (ECC), a value characterizing the antenna subsystem of multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) LTE devices. The Synchronized ECC approach delivers significantly shorter test durations and repeatable results, ultimately resulting in reduced costs. Long term, this collaboration will also help product manufacturers develop... read more

RTKLIB Open Source GNSS Precise Positioning Software Supports NV08C Receiver

May 20, 2013By

RTKLIB, a developer of open source software for standard and precise GNSS positioning, has released its latest RTKLIB software (version 2.4.2), which fully supports NVS Technologies’ BINR proprietary binary protocol and the NV08C GNSS receiver series. The use of RTKLIB, in conjunction with NVS Technologies’ NV08C GNSS receiver series, including the highly integrated NV08C-CSM surface mount module with geodetic grade... read more

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What’s New in GNSS Simulation?

May 8, 2013By
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It used to be that if you were going to build an RF navigation receiver, you had to also build your own simulation system to test it. I remember working with a couple of “home-built” RF simulation systems myself, way back when. We experience a lot of maintenance and support issues. And, of course, if you build something and also... read more

2013 Simulator Buyers Guide

May 1, 2013By

CAST Navigation CAST-SGX GPS Satellite Simulator The SGX GPS satellite signal simulator from CAST Navigation provides the user with dynamic, repeatable GPS RF signals for use in the laboratory or in the field for a wide range of GPS applications. The SGX simulator is housed in a portable, lightweight handheld enclosure measuring 7 × 11× 3 inches and weighing just... read more

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Expert Advice: The Challenge of BeiDou

May 1, 2013By

By Mark Sampson, Racelogic GNSS is changing. The days of only American GPS satellites providing signals to the civilian population are gone as new constellations are launched. GLONASS was a slow starter, but is now well established, and its signal architecture is now commonly implemented in manufacturers’ chipsets. Galileo is still very much in test phase with global coverage planned... read more

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