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Events • February 2, 2008

Strategy-level GNSS leadership to participate in 2008 Munich Summit

As it prepares for its sixth annual conference, the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit continues to hone its identity as a genuine "summit," the place for high-level political, military, and corporate leaders to discuss all of the GNSS systems from a strategic perspective.

New Builds • February 1, 2008

Pole Star Launches Navigation Overlay Products

The French engineering consultancy Pole Star SARL has expanded the firm’s development activities with the launch of its first products — NAO City and NAO Campus, designed to improve the robustness of GNSS positioning in urban and indoor environments with a focus on location-based services.

New Builds • January 25, 2008

Fastrax Launches Two New OEM GPS Units

Fastrax Ltd. has launched two new GPS OEM receivers, including one with an integrated chip antenna, aimed at designers of mass-market automotive and portable devices.

The Fastrax UC322 incorporates an on-board chip antenna (five millimeters thick) designed to reduce the size from that of typical patch antennas and large separate ground planes, according to the company. Instead, the end device's printed circuit board functions as part of the antenna.

People • January 25, 2008

Repositioned Hemisphere GPS, in expansion mode, appoints new engineering VP

Calgary, Alberta-based Hemisphere GPS has appointed Jim Chinnick as its new vice president of engineering.

Chinnick has depth of experience in the wireless and telecommunications industries. He was responsible for technology development at Wave Wireless and was engineering vice president at Wave Rider.

Ventures • January 15, 2008

Raytheon Paveway Sales at Record Pace

Raytheon Company received more than $150 million worth of contracts in December for its Paveway family of precision-guided munitions. The latest figures bring the total Paveway year-to-date bookings for 2007 to more than $300 million, a record for Raytheon's Paveway program.

The contracts are a combination of direct commercial sales and foreign military sales and will provide customers in Europe and Asia with the Enhanced Paveway II (EP2) and the EP3 variants of the Paveway weapon system, which upgrade "dumb bombs" into precision-guided munitions.

Events • January 12, 2008

Call for Papers: International Symposium on GPS/GNSS 2008

Abstracts for the 2008 International Symposium on GPS/GNSS are due on Monday, June 16.

This year, the conference, which rotates throughout the Asia-Pacific region, will take place in Tokyo, Japan from November 11 through November 14.

Presenters who choose to have their papers refereed and published in the proceedings must submit their full papers with payment by July 15. Non-refereed papers must be submitted by September 15.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 31.

January 6, 2008

Russia's Home-Grown GLONASS-GPS Receiver

What may be the first domestically produced, consumer-oriented GLONASS-GPS receiver, sold out shortly after their introduction in Russia’s Ion retail stores.

The Glospace SGK-70 features a 12-channel GLONASS receiver and a 20-channel GPS receiver, which can reportedly use either or both systems simultaneously. Designed primarily for in-vehicle use, the 7.4x4.7x1.2-inch unit incorporates Samsung components has an SD/MMC slot and comes with a 512MB card that includes detailed maps of the Moscow area.

Events • January 5, 2008

Friday, January 18 - Last day to submit abstracts for Joint Navigation Conference

Organizers of the Defense Department’s 2008 Joint Navigation Conference have extended the abstract submission deadline to Friday, January 18. You still have time to send your one-page unclassified proposal to the track chairs listed at this site:
http://www.jointnavigation.org/conference/?page=14

Events • January 5, 2008

GPS THE MOVIE is back....for a limited engagement in Seattle

When last heard from, the intrepid Pacific Northwest production team that gave us the very first GPS movie had just wrapped, and were on their way to Hollywood to pitch the product. (See our story in the September 2006 edition of Inside GNSS.)

Ventures • December 21, 2007

NXP Semiconductors to Buy GloNav

NXP Semiconductors has announced plans to acquire GloNav Inc., a US-based fabless GNSS semiconductor company, for $85 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008, subject to regulatory approvals.

According to NXP, the company plans on integrating GloNav’s GPS technology with NXP’s expertise in Bluetooth, FM radio, and USB “to offer a broader connectivity suite to the mobile phone market.”

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