European GNSS Agency Releases Report on Receiver User Technology and Trends
October 5, 2016
Inside GNSS, November/December 2016
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has released a report it says will help users and manufacturers to understand receiver technology and trends.
GSA needed to examine user needs in the face of future positioning performance, new and modernized GNSS signals, and advances in semiconductor technologies, said Carlo des Dorides, GSA executive director.
GNSS receiver and chipset manufacturers contributed to the report, which projects that 100 percent of all new devices will be multi-constellation-capable in the next few years. Currently, 65 percent of all chipsets and modules support multiple constellations, the report said. It also said that only 30 percent of mass market and professional receivers are capable of using the four available global constellations.
The report groups user technology into three macrosegments: mass market solutions; transport safety and liability-critical products; and high-precision timing and asset management.
The report also gives a general overview of the latest GNSS receiver technology common to all application areas, along with a supplement on location technologies, GSA said.
Other report findings include:
While preparing the report, GSA analyzed more than 400 receivers,
Companies participating in the report include: Avidyne, Broadcom, CSR, Esterline, Furuno, Garmin, Hemisphere GNSS, Honeywell, Infineon, Intel, Japan Radio Co., John Deere, Kongsberg, Leica Geosystems, Mediatek, NavCom Techology, Nottingham Scientific Ltd, NovAtel, Omnicom, Orolia, Qualcomm, Rockwell Collins, Septentrio, SkyTraq Technology, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Thales Avionics, Topcon, Trimble, U-blox, and Universal Aviation.
GSA said that the report uses the agency's internal technology monitoring process (TMP) that complements GNSS supply industry market monitoring and forecasting. This process supports GSA in analyzing Galileo's position among other GNSS and location technologies, the agency said.
TMP also assesses the capabilities of receivers, chipsets, and modules currently available on the market. For the analysis, each device was weighted equally, regardless of whether it is a chipset or a receiver, and no matter what its sales volume, GSA said.
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