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New Builds • March 30, 2014

Spirent Launches All-GNSS, Multi-Regional/SBAS Simulator

Spirent has launched a new generation of multi-frequency, multi-GNSS RF constellation simulator — the Spirent GSS9000.

The GSS9000 supports an extensive range of constellation configurations, from GPS L1 through to multi-GNSS, multi-frequency systems, including classified/restricted signals. Configurations are available that support multi-antennas and multi-vehicles, for example differential GNSS, attitude determination, interference/jamming and spoofing, and controlled reception pattern antenna (CRPA) testing.

New Builds • March 30, 2014

u-blox Releases 4-System Antenna Module

Swiss-based u‑blox has introduced the CAM-M8Q GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou/QZSS antenna module. The module integrates a u-blox M8 satellite receiver IC plus SAW filter, LNA, TCXO, RTC, passives, and a pre-tuned GNSS chip antenna in a 9.6 x 14.0 x 1.95 mm package.

According to the company, the surface-mount antenna module combines low power consumption with high-sensitivity, high jamming immunity, and concurrent GNSS operation (GPS/GLONASS, GPS/BeiDou, or GLONASS/BeiDou), offering a drop-in solution product designers and system integrators.

New Builds • February 11, 2014

Spirent Launches SimSAFE to Address GNSS Signal Vulnerability

Spirent Communications today (February 11, 2014) announced the introduction of Spirent
SimSAFE, a software solution that concurrently simulates legitimate GNSS
constellations and spoofed or hoax signals to evaluate receiver 
resilience and help develop counter-measures.

Spirent developed
the software in conjunction with Qascom. Based in Bassano del
Grappa, Italy, Qascom offers services and solutions for GNSS signal
security and authentication.

Ventures • January 23, 2014

Canadian Army to Test NovAtel’s GAJT GPS Anti-Jam Antenna

NovAtel has announced that Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has selected the company’s GAJT-700ML antenna, a single-unit GPS anti-jam antenna system, for testing on Canadian Army armored vehicles. The testing is being conducted through PWGSC’s Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP).
 

People • January 4, 2014

Hemisphere GNSS Names Chuck Joseph as New Chief

Hemisphere GNSS, Inc., has named Chuck Joseph as the company’s new president and CEO, effective immediately.

Joseph, who has a lengthy history in the GNSS industry with well-known companies as Trimble Navigation and Magellan Corporation, has also been appointed to the Hemisphere GNSS board of directors. He replaces Phil Gabriel as the company’s president.

Ventures • January 1, 2014

NovAtel Supplies Reference Receivers for IRNSS Ground Segment

NovAtel Inc., 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 support services for the NovAtel receivers.

November 26, 2013

Rohde & Schwarz GNSS Simulator Now Supports Chinese BeiDou Standard

Rohde & Schwarz has added BeiDou functionality to its GNSS simulator integrated into the company’s R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator. With the R&S SMBV-K107 option the GNSS simulator now covers the BeiDou standard as well as those for GPS, Galileo, and GLONASS.

New Builds • November 12, 2013

Applanix Incorporates Trimble CenterPoint RTX GNSS Correction Service

Applanix Corporation announced that today (November 12, 2013) that the Trimble CenterPoint RTX correction service will be available across its entire airborne mapping portfolio. 

Trimble CenterPoint RTX correction service is a GPS-, GLONASS-, and QZSS-enabled correction service built on Trimble RTX technology that provides high-accuracy GNSS positioning without the use of traditional reference station-based differential RTK infrastructure.

November 9, 2013

NovAtel Launches CORRECT OEM Positioning Solution

NovAtel Inc. has announced the NovAtel CORRECT positioning technology, which combines data from multiple GNSS satellite constellations with corrections from a variety of sources, to deliver the best position solution possible.

Designed for NovAtel’s OEM6 receivers, CORRECT capabilities can be implemented in three ways, with correction data delivered via satellite or Internet, depending on the requirements of the application: precise point positioning (PPP), TERRASTAR, or real-time kinematic (RTK).

November 4, 2013

Microsemi Corporation to Acquire Symmetricom, Inc.

Microsemi Corporation  and Symmetricom, Inc.,  have announced a definitive agreement for Microsemi to acquire the San Jose, California­–based precision time and frequency provider.
 
The agreement offers stockholders $7.18 per share through a cash tender, representing a premium of 49 percent based on the average closing price of Symmetricom's shares of common stock during the 90 trading days ended October 18, 2013. The total transaction value is approximately $230 million, net of Symmetricom's projected cash balance at closing.
 

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