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14 February 2011

u-blox and Rohde & Schwarz team up on Galileo and GLONASS development

Successful simulation of European satellite positioning system with u‑blox platform
Successful simulation of the Galileo satellite positioning system with u‑blox receiver and R&S GNSS simulator
Successful simulation of the Galileo satellite positioning system with u‑blox receiver and R&S GNSS simulator
Thalwil, Switzerland and Munich, Germany – February 14, 2011 – u‑blox and Rohde & Schwarz (R&S), a worldwide leading supplier of test and measurement equipment, have successfully concluded a simulation of the soon‑to‑be‑deployed European Galileo satellite positioning system. The test, carried out with the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator and its GNSS simulation options, verified the u‑blox proof‑of‑concept and the compatibility of u‑blox receiver technology with the Galileo transmission protocol.

The Galileo satellite system is the EU’s answer to the US NAVSTAR GPS satellite positioning system. It will provide a high‑accuracy positioning system upon which European nations can rely, independent of foreign‑based satellite navigation systems.

The cooperation with R&S is also being extended to the Russian GLONASS satellite system which is targeted to be fully operational with 24 satellites in 2012.

“Our close cooperation with R&S has proven to be a valuable and strategic asset, allowing us to develop advanced satellite receiver technology well before the actual satellites are available” said Clemens Bürgi, VP Software Development at u‑blox.

“u‑blox, with its depth of expertise in GNSS technologies, has helped us to validate our satellite simulator technology,” said Andreas Pauly, Head of R&D Signal Generators Baseband at Rohde & Schwarz. “Now we have developed cutting‑edge test equipment that simulates the protocol and physical layer.”