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High-precision GNSS market set for growth

By Spirent On October 19, 2011
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High precision GNSS, RTK, CORS, L2C, L5

With the latest report from market research guru ABI Research predicting that the high-precision GNSS sector is set to double in size between 2011 and 2016, there will be strong temptation for new companies to enter this potentially lucrative part of the market.

Already consumer chipset manufacturers are looking to exploit the potential of the forthcoming open L2C and L5 signals, and with China accounting for around half of the market in 2010, new manufacturers from that locality are sure to claim a share of the spoils.

Driving the market growth are a small number of specific application areas, including continuously operating reference stations (CORS), advances in real-time kinematic (RTK) techniques and various augmentation technologies.

However, it is important to note that the predictions in the ABI Research report are specifically for the high-precision GNSS market, one in which accuracy and reliability are paramount. Therefore, any companies considering expanding into this sector must above all be confident in the quality of their designs and on-going manufacturing output.

The importance of testing GNSS receivers throughout their product lifecycle can never be over-stated. And, in the case of GNSS receivers that are intended to exploit as-yet unbroadcast L2C and L5 signals, this can only mean embracing the world of GNSS simulation at the very start of the project.

 

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