Tech & Innovation

Nordic Semiconductor Ships Smart Beacon Kit - 04/09/2014

Nordic Semiconductor has launched a reference design for Bluetooth Smart Beacons based on their nRF51822 SoC. The nRF51822 Beacon Kit allows developers and engineers to develop their own beacon applications using Apple's iBeacon standards, or create...

GLONASS GNSS Constellation Suffered 11 Hours Outage - 04/03/2014

All satellites in the Russian GNSS constellation GLONASS broadcast corrupt data for 11 hours on April 1st, from 1am until noon Russian time (UTC+4). This rendered the system completely unusable for millions of receivers in Russia and all over the...

Broadcom Promises Sub-Meter Location Accuracy with Latest WiFi SoC - 04/01/2014

Chip maker Broadcom unveiled today at the Interop show in Las Vegas the 5G WiFi (802.11ac) system-on-chip (SoC) which the company promises to deliver “sub-meter accuracy on physical locations.“ Broadcom's 5G WiFi SoC with on-chip “AccuLocate...

SPIRIT Navigation Demonstrated Indoor Navigation at MWC - 03/07/2014

SPIRIT Navigation, has demonstrated indoor inertial navigation at Mobile World Congress. This infrastructure-free indoor navigation software uses inertial sensors, Wi-Fi fingerprinting, geomagnetic fingerprinting and map matching. During our quick...

Planet Labs to Launch 100 Imagery Satellites Constellation - 03/24/2014

Last week Planet Labs, a VC-backed U.S. start-up based in San Francisco announced that it will launch a constellation of more than 100 earth imagery satellites over the next 12 months. The satellites will launch on rockets from the USA and Russia....

CSR Partners with ARM to Bring Chipsets to IoT mbed Platform - 03/04/2014

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS chipset maker CSR announced last week that it has joined the ARM mbed platform, an industry venture designed to nurture the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). The partnership enables the developer community to speed up...

STMicro Unveils New Pressure Sensor for Smartphones - 03/03/2014

Semiconductor supplier STMicro has announced last week the launch of a new MEMS barometric pressure sensor. The tiny (2.5mm x 2.5mm x 1mm) LPS25H sensor has very low operating current of 4µA to preserve battery life. The accuracy is estimated to...

Video Interview with Snips: Using Big Data to Predict Accident Spots - 03/10/2014

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona GPS Business News spoke with Alexandre Vallette, Head of Science at Snips, a French start-up that uses Big Data to make cities smarter. Snips partnered with Sprint, INRIX and the GSMA to showcase how big...

Mediatek Announces Five-in-One Combo Wireless Connectivity SoC - 02/27/2014

Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer Mediatek has announced the first five-in-one combo wireless chipset combining 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, multi-system GNSS and an FM transceiver. MT6630 offers concurrent tri-band reception of GPS,...

MWC: SK Telecom Demonstrates Context Platform Using Smartphones' Sensors - 02/27/2014

At Mobile World Congress this week South Korean wireless operator SK Telecom has demonstrated ‘Context Platform’ an innovative platform that use sensors of smartphone to provide intelligence to the user. Context Platform presumes what situation the...

Mixing Wearable and Phone Sensors Data for Improved Intertial Navigation - 02/26/2014

Canada-based Trusted Positioning announced at Mobile World Congress the launch of T-PN ME, a location engine that uses motion sensor data from multiple mobile and wearable devices to more accurately locate a person indoors. The software collects...

u-blox Unveils All-In-One GNSS “Chip Antenna“ Module - 02/20/2014

Swiss wireless and GNSS chipset maker u-blox announced an all in one GNSS module that is based on a u-blox M8 chip and includes an integrated chip antenna plus SAW filter, LNA, TCXO, RTC crystal and passives. The chip antenna element used can...
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