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Agilent Introduces Beidou GNSS Signal Simulation at Wireless Symposium
[April 18, 2013]

Agilent Introduces Beidou GNSS Signal Simulation at Wireless Symposium

Apr 18, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Agilent Technologies has enhanced the capabilities of its Signal Studio for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) software and added real-time multi-satellite simulation of China's Beidou system.

According to release, Agilent is demonstrating the enhancements at the IEEE International Wireless Symposium, under way through April 18, at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.

Agilent revealed that the Beidou satellite navigation system, also known as Compass or Beidou 2, began offering service for the Asia-Pacific region in December 2012. It currently has16 satellites in service; a full constellation of 35 satellites is scheduled for completion in 2020. Following the official release of the Interface Control Document with specifications for the Beidou B1I open service signal, an increasing number of companies around the world have begun developing Beidou chipsets and receivers.

The company also reported that a key enhancement to Agilent's N7609B Signal Studio software, Option WFP, supports these development efforts by enabling real-time simulation of Beidou B1I satellite signals. The software enables engineers to simulate stationary or moving receivers. A scenario-generation capability enables them to create and edit custom scenarios.

Further, Option WFP may be used with Agilent's N5172B EXG or N5182B MXG X-Series signal generators. It will be available for use with Agilent's N5106A PXB baseband generator and channel emulator at a later date.

"While the Chinese Beidou system is farther along in deployment than its European counterpart, Galileo, it still faces the same test challenges, especially with regard to receiver test," said Jim Curran, marketing manager of Agilent's Microwave and Communications Division. "Addressing these challenges is critical for its continued deployment and for proliferation of Beidou receivers in consumer devices. Our software enhancements address these challenges head on by providing users with the real-time capabilities they need to easily simulate Beidou signals and generate Beidou-specific scenarios." Agilent noted that the previously available real-time GPS capability (Option QFP), as well as the RFP, TFP and VFP scenario generator options are all being discontinued. Option EFP for basic single-satellite waveforms will still be offered. Additionally, Option 9FP has been added to support basic single-satellite waveform capability for Agilent's M9381A PXIe vector signal generator.

Agilent's new N7609B Signal Studio for GNSS software enhancements will be available May 1.

Agilent Technologies is a measurement and technology company, working in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications.

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