GPS/GNSS and Wireless Technology overview
At the core of our philosophy is our passion to deliver high-performance, small-profile, low power, and cost-effective embedded GPS/GNSS receiver and wireless communication solutions to our OEM customers. Whether for professional M2M applications such as fleet management or asset tracking, vehicle services such as eCall, anti-theft systems and road pricing, or consumer products such as tablets and cameras, u-blox has the right technology to deliver the sensitivity, connectivity, noise immunity, low-power and compact size required by today’s and tomorrow’s demanding applications.
u-blox adheres to a core module design philosophy: maintain form factor, layout and software continuity to allow customers to easily upgrade their products with each new generation of u-blox global positioning or wireless modules.
Wireless + positioning:
By offering embedded semiconductors, software, services and reference designs that support combined wireless and GPS/GNSS applications, u-blox delivers complete solutions for a wide new range of location based services that capitalize on the convergence of 2G and 3G wireless technologies with satellite positioning.
Positioning enhanced with 3D Automotive Dead Reckoning:
As ever more systems (e.g. car navigation, road pricing, fleet management, emergency services, etc.) depend on reliable, uninterrupted positioning and navigation, “3-Dimensional Dead Reckoning” GNSS, the ability to calculate a position in the X, Y, and Z axis when satellites signals are blocked or impeded is becoming increasingly important.
eCall / ERA-GLONASS:
eCall and ERA-GLONASS are a European, respectively Russian initiative to combine mobile communications and satellite positioning to provide rapid assistance to motorists in the event of a collision. u-blox provides verified wireless modem and satellite receiver components and test environments to support development of in-vehicle emergency call systems for Europe and Russia.
With the launch of the new u-blox M8 semiconductor platform, u-blox once again establishes its leadership in embedded global satellite positioning. Combining advanced chip technology, sophisticated software algorithms, true concurrent GNSS satellite reception and multi GNSS aiding services, u-blox M8 sets the new benchmark for navigation and positioning.
To help system designers address the expanding range of Global Navigation Satellite Systems systems (GNSS) and augmentation services, as well as other demanding criteria such as low-power consumption and extremely small size, u-blox introduces u-blox 7, u-blox' seventh-generation GNSS receiver platform.
u-blox’ globally available online assisted GPS (A-GPS) service enables u-blox’ GPS receivers to compute a position within seconds, even under very poor signal conditions.
Embedded in u-blox' wireless modules, CellLocate increases reliability and supports indoor positioning based on hybrid GPS and 2G/3G mobile network attributes.
When GPS signals are blocked (e.g. in tunnels or indoor car parks) u-blox’ Automotive Dead Reckoning (ADR) technology allows uninterrupted vehicle navigation based on heading and distance data provided by external sensors.
u-blox’ GPS clock synchronization technology allows globally distributed computer and telecom systems to synchronize their clocks accurately, continuously and cost-effectively.
Precise Point Positioning:
High precision GPS for mapping, agricultural, marine construction, open-sky warehouse management and location-based recreational applications.