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New Builds • April 15, 2008

NovAtel Offers GL1DE Technology for Precision Ag Guidance

NovAtel Inc. has launched its new GL1DE technology, the latest enhancement to the Calgary, Alberta, Canada–based company’s high-precision OEMV GNSS product line.

GL1DE is a relative pseudorange/delta-phase filter enhancement available in the coompany’s OEMV 3.400 firmware. The new technology is targeted for agricultural guidance applications in which pass-to-pass repeatability and elimination of position “jumps” is critical.

New Builds • April 14, 2008

Hemisphere GPS Announces Eclipse Developer Kit

Hemisphere GPS has released an OEM development kit for its Eclipse dual-frequency GPS receiver technology.

Development kits allow product designers and system integrators to more easily access and test all of the available features on an Eclipse board, simplifying the effort needed to reach a proof of concept and shortening the time required to bring a product to market.

Ventures • April 11, 2008

IfEN Receives ESA EGNOS-Related Contract

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a contract to IfEN GmbH to develop a “New Generation” receiver breadboard for use at the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) Ranging and Integrity Monitoring Stations (RIMS).

The RIMS New Generation breadboard will be capable of receiving the new L2C and L5 signals, the Galileo E1, E5ab, and E6 signals and the GLONASS L1 signal in addition to GPS L1 and L2P signals.

New Builds • April 6, 2008

Texas Instruments Launches GPS/Bluetooth/FM Chip

Texas Instruments’s (TI’s) announcement of its NaviLink 6.0 (NL5500) with integrated GPS, Bluetooth, and FM may presage the company’s expanded focus for application markets beyond cell phone handsets.

New Builds • April 6, 2008

Spirent Launches GLONASS L2 Capability in Simulator Series

UK-based Spirent Communications will introduce its new GSS8000 series of GNSS constellation simulators with GLONASS L2 capability at the Moscow International Satellite Forum April 7–8 and the European Navigation Conference–GNSS 2008 in Toulouse, France, April 22–25.

Ventures • April 3, 2008

Trimble Snares Big Turkey GNSS Network Contract

Turkey's Istanbul Kultur University has selected Trimble to supply GNSS equipment and establish a 150-station, nationwide GNSS infrastructure network

New Builds • April 2, 2008

u-blox Launches GPS Timing Module

Swiss GNSS chip manufacturer u-blox has introduced a new precise timing GPS module, the LEA-5T, precise timing at the CTIA Wireless 2008 conference taking place this week in Las Vegas.

Based on the company’s 50-channel, fifth-generation chipset technology, the LEA-5T is intended for such applications as telecom network synchronization, use in WiMAX base stations for home-based broadband networks, and data communication among geographically dispersed systems and devices such as NTP servers.

Events • March 30, 2008

IEEE/ION PLANS Conference: Last chance for early-bird registration is Friday, April 4

Friday, April 4, 2008 is the last day to register by fax, mail, or online without a late fee for the 2008 IEEE/ION PLANS conference in Montery, California USA on May 5-8. Send your registration form with full payment in order to get the early rate.

Online registration: <http://www.plansconference.org/registration/>

March 17, 2008

IEC/ATK Contract to Provide Precision-Guided Munitions

L3/Interstate Electronic Corporation (IEC) has scored a key contract win with today’s (March 17) announcement of the company’s selection by Alliant TechSystems, Inc. (ATK) to supply IEC’s new TruTrak Evolution GPS receiver for the Army’s Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) program.

Ventures • March 6, 2008

Astrium-Allsat JV Launches GNSS Reference Network Services across Europe


Astrium Services and Allsat GmbH network+services have created a joint venture, AXIO-NET GmbH, to offer precise navigation and positioning services across Europe.

The companies, which formed a JV in September 2007 to operate the German ascos service, have created a trans-European brand — AXIO-NET  — to extend the service, based on a network of reference stations that generate high-accuracy differential corrections of GPS and GLONASS satellite signals.

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