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Events • August 15, 2008

September 1: Last day to register for Frequency Standards and Metrology symposium

Monday, September 1 is the last day to register for the 7th Symposium on Frequency Standards and Metrology, which will be held October 5-11 at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.

Pre-registration is required and the conference organizers do not permit on site registration.

Register online at http://fsm.jpl.nasa.gov/registration.htm.

For more information, call Barbara McGivney at 732-280-2022 (US phone number) or email her at Mcgivneyb2@aol.com.

August 13, 2008

ATK PGK Trials Meet 105mm Artillery Standard

Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) has announced its successful demonstration of the capability to divert a 105-millimeter (105mm) artillery round using its existing 155mm Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) with minimal modification to the current design.

August 11, 2008

Boeing Will Build GPS IIF Satellites on New ‘Pulse’ Line

The Boeing Company will use its new “pulse line” process for assembling satellites to build GPS Block IIF satellites for the U.S. Air Force.

Constructed at the company’s facility in El Segundo, California, the new process is expected to shorten the time needed to build a space vehicle and will eventually be implemented on all Boeing satellite production lines.

For the Block IIFs the new process will reduce the travel distance of a space vehicle from 12,000 feet to 10,000 feet, according to John Duddy, director of GPS programs for Boeing.

New Builds • August 6, 2008

Openmoku Plans Publication of Mobile Phone Schematics, including GPS Chip

Okay, they’re really serious about open source.

Mobile device manufacturer Openmoko has announced that it will publish the schematics for the company’s Neo 1973 and Neo FreeRunner mobile phones, further opening its mobile platform to the development community.

u-blox AG, Switzerland, maker of the GPS chip — the u- ANTARIS 4 ATR0635 — used in the Neo FreeRunner, endorsed Openmokos publishing the complete schematics for the GPS chip in the Neo FreeRunner phones.

Ventures • July 29, 2008

NXP/STMicroelectronics JV Launches

ST-NXP Wireless, a new company bringing together key wireless operations of STMicroelectronics and NXP, will begin operations August 2 following completion of a deal announced earlier this year.

Owning thousands of communication and multimedia patents, the new joint venture will bring key technologies for UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System) and for the emerging TD-SCDMA standard, as well as other cellular, multimedia and connectivity capabilities -- including WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, USB, and UWB (ultra-wideband).

Events • July 28, 2008

AFRL GNC Workshop

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Munitions Directorate will sponsor a workshop on advances in guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) for miniature autonomous systems, October 20–22 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

With the assistance of the Institute of Navigation (ION), the workshop is designed to bring together the Department of Defense technical and user community, academia, and industry to riview and discuss the technological trajectory and future challenges of these systems.

New Builds • July 22, 2008

Hemisphere GPS Announces New Products, Patents


Hemisphere GPS recently introduced two new products: the LV100 GPS Compass Board, an OEM  format based on the company’s Crescent Vector technology, and the Air IntelliFlow Dual Rate controller for aerial applications.

New Builds • July 22, 2008

Applanix Adds Camera, LIDAR Options to Its DSS 439 RapidOrtho Airborne Mapping System

Applanix has launched a dual-camera version of its Digital Sensor System (DSS) 439 RapidOrtho airborne mapping solution and introduced full LIDAR integration options for fixed wing and helicopter installations.

The DSS 439 RapidOrtho DualCam produces a directly georeferenced, four-band ortho-imagery in a single pass, according to the company. The new product offering adds a second DSS camera with a monochromatic charge-coupled device (CCD) array specifically configured to capture near infrared (NIR) imagery.

June 30, 2008

EC Issues ITT for a GNSS Advisor

The European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Energy and Transport (DG-TREN) has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for an advisor on the European GNSS program.

With a one-year term renewable up to three times, the contract will be designed to provide a pool of experts and organizations for review and counsel on administrative, financial, strategic and technical matters. The services are outlined in two “workpackages,” one for a fixed set of activities and the other for variable services performed according to specific work orders.

New Builds • June 23, 2008

SiGe Launches GPS Radio with Dual-Antenna Capability

SiGe Semiconductor, Inc. has released the SE4150L GPS radio receiver featuring dual-antenna input capability for developing GPS products.

Housed in a low profile 4x4millimeter package, the SE4150L RF integrated circuit (RFIC) features a multi-bit output, which improves sensitivity and interference resistance, according to the company. The receiver has a reported system noise figure of 1.0 dB and input third-order intercept performance (IIP3) of better than 0 dBm.

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