IFEN and WORK Microwave Introduce Enhanced NavX-NCS GNSS Simulator

IFEN and WORK Microwave Introduce Enhanced NavX-NCS GNSS Simulator

IFEN, the Poing, Germany–based manufacturer of GNSS navigation products and services, working in partnership with WORK Microwave, have announced an enhanced version of IFEN’s NavX-NCS Professional, a multi-frequency GNSS simulator.

Optimized for research and development of GNSS safety and professional applications, the enhanced version of the NavX-NCS Professional incorporate the following key features:

IFEN, the Poing, Germany–based manufacturer of GNSS navigation products and services, working in partnership with WORK Microwave, have announced an enhanced version of IFEN’s NavX-NCS Professional, a multi-frequency GNSS simulator.

Optimized for research and development of GNSS safety and professional applications, the enhanced version of the NavX-NCS Professional incorporate the following key features:
·      Multi-RF Outputs — While most standard GNSS services can only simulate one or two simultaneous reception antennas, the NavX-NCS Professional provides additional flexibility by giving users the capability to simulate two, three, or four multi-GNSS receptors from a single unit. Users can also upgrade to additional RF output options later.

·      Ultra Smooth Doppler Shift Update — Simulated Doppler shift is now capable of operating at a rate greater than 15 MHz, allowing for unparalleled smooth signal simulation even when simulating high-dynamic trajectories.

·      RTCM Correction Data — The receiver can be integrated with the control computer, enabling users to receive RTCM information on the fly. RTCM minimizes the effects of atmospheric and satellite errors on position determination by using the radio signals from each of the GPS satellites to measure pseudoranges to these satellites. Because the exact locations of the satellites and the reference receiver are known, NavX-NCS Professional determines the difference between the actual and the expected pseudoranges, providing highly accurate, simultaneous RTCM information at a user’s fingertips.

The NavX-NCS range of simulators also includes the NavX-NCS Essential, a multi-GNSS version designed for system integration and production testing of mass market applications, including automotive satnav, mobile phone apps, chipsets, and handheld personal navigation devices (PNDs).

With up to nine L-band frequencies and 108 channels, the NavX-NCS product line delivers RF signal simulation of GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and SBAS constellations, offering modular hardware that delivers more than twice the number of channels compared with competitor products, according to IFEN and WORK Microwave,

In addition to these new features, the NavX-NCS platform includes a two-year maintenance contract, the broadest range of frequencies and satellite navigation systems per chassis, as well as easily installed software updates as they become available.

“The NavX-NCS Professional is used by many satisfied customers in universities and research bodies, receiver manufacturers, and defense organizations,” said Dr. Guenter Heinrichs, head of customer applications at IFEN. “Its advanced technology features and flexibility enables users to fulfill their needs in testing high-precision professional applications across a very wide range of fields.”

IFEN will demonstrate the enhanced NavX-NCS Professional at exhibit booth 7 during the Satellite Navigation Summit in Munich, March 13–15.

IFEN produces its NavX-NCS (Navigation Constellation Simulator) multi-GNSS signal simulators in partnership with WORK Microwave, a European manufacturer of advanced satellite communications and navigation equipment. WORK Microwave is responsible for the RF and digital hardware design while IFEN develops the associated software and manages the distribution of the product line.

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