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November 26, 2007

SMC's Hamel Receives AFA Award

Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) commander, has received the Air Force Association's 2007 Gen. Thomas D. White USAF Space Trophy. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the nation's progress in aerospace.

Under General Hamel's leadership, SMC has had 54 successful space launches in a row, a feat unparalleled in military space history, according to SMC. He serves not only as the center's commander but also as the Air Force

Ventures • November 24, 2007

TomTom Gains with Tele Atlas; Garmin Signs with Navteq

Thwarted in its latter-day attempt to buy digital mapmaker Tele Atlas out from under TomTom, GPS manufacturer Garmin International has signed a long-term deal with rival map provider Navteq.

Under the agreement announced November 16, Garmin will extend its current six-year agreement with Chicago, Illinois–based NAVTEQ to access to map data through 2015 with an option to continue through 2019.

November 14, 2007

Urban Challenge: GPS/Inertial Systems Help Win DARPA Race

Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University reversed the order of their finishes in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, snaring first and second place, respectively, in the Urban Challenge finals held November 3 in Victorville, California.

Both entries incorporated POS LV (Position and Orientation Systems for Land Vehicles) integrated GPS/inertial systems from Applanix Corporation, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

November 13, 2007

FREE build-it-yourself model GPS IIR-M from Baseband Technologies

The holidays are coming – what can you find for the engineer who has everything? Why not build your own museum-quality paper GPS satellite model at home?

You can do it with a free-downloadable kit, courtesy of Baseband Technologies, Canadian designers of GNSS OEM receivers. All you need are the supplies in the average third-grader’s school desk and two or three hours of free time. The finished product will fit nicely on a corner of your desk.

November 13, 2007

GPS Market Studies Focus on High-Volume Devices

Three new market studies — from Berg Insight, ABI Research, and Markets and Research — focus on GPS chipsets and the high-volume consumer device markets that drive them, all predicting continued rapid growth.

Events • October 25, 2007

Applications-Oriented "Growing Galileo" Event Planned for November 14-15

“Growing Galileo” is the theme of a conference and exhibition taking place November 14–15 in Brussels, Belgium, that will highlight the work under way and planned for developing applications of Europe’s GNSS system.

Events • October 25, 2007

IEEE/ION PLANS 2008 Paper Deadline Approaches

The deadline to submit an abstract for IEEE/ION Position Location & Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2008 is November 1. 

PLANS 2008 will take place May 6-8, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel in Monterey, California. A seminar series will be held on May 5.

October 19, 2007

SiRF Goes "Green" with Location Ecosystem and "Killer Enabler"

At the premiere Location 2.0 Summit on October 23, SiRF Technology will roll out its “ecosystem” strategy for the location-based services (LBS) community, enabled by a set of SiRF-designed development tools, a test environment, and marketing support from the GNSS chip and software manufacturer.

Ventures • October 19, 2007

Hexagon Launches Acquisition of NovAtel Shares

Hexagon AB has launched a tender offer to acquire all the issued and outstanding common shares of NovAtel Inc., a Calgary, Alberta, Canada–based developer and manufacturer of OEM GNSS and related products, at a price per share of US$50 cash. Acting through its wholly owned subsidiary, Hexagon Canada Acquisition Inc., the Swedish technology company will keep its offer, which began October 19, open through November 27.

New Builds • October 18, 2007

STM Launches 32-Channel GPS Processor

STMicroelectronics has introduced Cartesio, its new automotive-grade application processor with embedded GPS for navigation and telematics. The processor couples with ST's GPS RF chip (STA5620) to provide a core receiver unit.

Cartesio (STA2062) integrates a 32-bit ARM CPU core with a high-sensitivity 32-channel GPS subsystem and a large set of connectivity peripherals, including CAN, USB, UARTs, and SPI. It also provides on-chip high-speed RAM and real-time clock functionality, according to the company.

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