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New Builds • June 13, 2011

Accord Launches Two New GNSS Chips

Accord Software and Systems Pvt. Ltd., of Bangalore, India, has announced two new GNSS chips, a system-on-a-chip (SOC) with GPS and integrated peripherals and a GPS/Galileo-comopatible RF front-end chip.

June 9, 2011

Hemisphere GPS Announces LX-2 L-Band OEM Board for Crescent and Eclipse GPS Receivers

Hemisphere GPS has introduced its LX-2, a second-generation L-band differential GPS OEM receiver board.

New Builds • June 9, 2011

Bliley Launches New GPS Frequency and Timing Modules

Bliley Technologies, Inc., has unveiled two GPS frequency and timing modules at the 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium taking place this week (June 5–10, 2011) in Baltimore, Maryland.

The company’s GMX1001 and GMM1002 modules launch a new product line for the company — introducing the first in a series of next-generation technologies for the Erie, Pennsylvania–based company.

June 8, 2011

LightSquared GPS Interference Controversy Headlines National PNT Advisory Board Meeting

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), LightSquared, and Trimble will weigh in on the GPS vs. LightSquared interference at the afternoon session of a National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board meeting tomorrow (June 9, 2011).

June 7, 2011

Genachowski Defends FCC Role in LightSquared, GPS Interference Controversy in Letter to Senator

A belated response from Julius Genachowski, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman to Republican Senator Charles Grassley’s request for documents surrounding the LightSquared effort to broadcast near the GPS L1 band appears unlike to satisfy either Grassley or the GPS community.

New Builds • June 5, 2011

Qualcomm Adds GLONASS Capability to Chipsets

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced the company’s product support for the Russian GLONASS satellite system to enable the use of both GPS and GLONASS networks simultaneously for improved location performance.

The first GLONASS-capable phone is the MTS 945 from Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE developed with Russian chipset manufacturer AFK Sistema and powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM7x30 chipset.

June 2, 2011

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski: First Woman to Assume Command of SMC, Home of GPS Directorate

On Friday (June 3, 2011), Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski will assume command of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, where the GPS Directorate is located along with other space-related program offices.

May 28, 2011

Test Results: LightSquared Would Cause Serious Interference to GPS Receivers

Tests of GPS receiver vulnerability to transmissions from terrestrial base stations in the proposed LightSquared 4G/LTE broadband service were scheduled to wrap up on May 27, but results as we post this message clearly indicate substantial adverse effects on GPS user equipment.

On June 1–2, the Technical Working Group (TWG) set up by the LightSquared-led working group mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will have its first face-to-face meeting since the trials began to sort out the results.

May 27, 2011

Congress Moves to Protect GPS Users from LightSquared Interference

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report on the level of interference between LightSquared’s proposed mobile broadband network and GPS receivers is due in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the fight over final approval of the system has rolled into the halls of Congress.

On Thursday (May 26) the House approved an amended 2012 Defense Authorization bill requiring the Federal Communications Commission to withhold full approval of the LightSquared 4G-LTE system and disallow operations until interference issues with military receivers are resolved.

May 27, 2011

RTCA Report Show Serious LightSquared Interference to GPS Aviation

An executive summary of a special report by RTCA Inc. Special Committee 159 released today (May 27, 2011) indicates that GPS aviation receivers would experience serious interference from transmission planned by LightSquared in the upper portion of the 1525–1559 MHz spectrum adjacent to the GPS L1 band.

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