Bluetooth Low Energy sensor converts any cricket bat into a "virtual coach"

Bluetooth Low Energy sensor converts any cricket bat into a “virtual coach”

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StanceBeam Striker employs Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC to wirelessly sync in-depth batting technique metrics to user’s smartphone

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that StanceBeam, a Bengaluru, India-based sports technology company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the processing power and wireless connectivity for its ‘StanceBeam Striker’. The product is a “plug and play” solution that attaches to any cricket bat handle via a custom bat mount and lock, immediately transforming it into a smart cricket bat providing live analysis of a player’s batting technique and performance.

Developed in partnership with Kookaburra Sports, StanceBeam Striker is described by the developers as the world’s first cricket bat sensor commercially launched in the international market for both recreational and professional cricketers.

The device features 9-axis MEMS sensors — a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and 3-axis magnetometer — to capture the motion of the cricket bat in action and record in-depth batting data during a player’s practice session or innings in a competitive match. The device records a range of key performance metrics including back-lift and down-swing angle, speed at impact, as well as shot efficiency (how well the cricket shot was ‘timed’, with the ideal shot being one where the bat makes impact with the ball at maximum speed during the swing).

Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC acts as StanceBeam Striker’s core microcontroller thanks to the SoC’s powerful 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4F processor which runs the device’s built-in sensors, while the Nordic SoC’s 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM are sufficient to easily store and record the sensor-captured data.

Throughout each batting session, the Nordic SoC transmits the recorded data with low latency via Bluetooth LE connectivity to StanceBeam’s Android- and iOS-compatible partner app on the user’s Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone. The StanceBeam app then works as a ‘virtual coach’ allowing the user to monitor a session in real time, conduct a post-session review, produce a session summary, access improvement drills, review each shot ball by ball, recreate and analyze each shot in 3D, track ongoing progress, and compare results against friends, teammates, or even elite players. Results are also stored in the Cloud for future analysis.

The top driver for using the Nordic SoC was the stability of the Bluetooth LE stack. – Ishwinderpal Singh, StanceBeam

StanceBeam Striker uses a fully rechargeable 100mAh battery that provides battery life of approximately six hours of game play before recharging in a portable charging cradle, thanks in part to the low power characteristics of the Nordic SoC. The nRF52832 has been engineered to minimize power consumption with features such as the 2.4GHz radio’s 5.5mA peak RX/TX currents and a fully-automatic power management system that reduces power consumption by up to 80 percent compared with Nordic’s nRF51 Series SoCs.

Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC combines the Arm processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF protocol software) featuring -96-dB RX sensitivity. The nRF52832 is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certifed RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE applications. Nordic’s unique software architecture provides a clear separation between the RF protocol software and StanceBeam’s application code, simplifying the development and testing process and ensuring the SoftDevice doesn’t become corrupted when developing, compiling, testing, and verifying application code. The S132 SoftDevice features Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“While designing StanceBeam Striker and comparing various Bluetooth LE chipsets available in the market, we realized Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC was the best fit for the product due to its compact size, power consumption, and the CPU capabilities needed for this type of complex application,” says Ishwinderpal Singh, Co-Founder and CTO of StanceBeam.

“The top driver for using the Nordic SoC was the stability of the Bluetooth LE stack. We developed our own application code and Nordic’s SDK [Software Development Kit] was of great assistance in developing and prototyping the use cases we wanted to implement. The technical information, documentation, and reference designs provided by Nordic made life much easier for our designers.”

Wireless Made Easy

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”Wireless” is all about seamless connectivity

“Wireless” is not a technology – it’s a commitment. It’s not about what works. It’s about how well it works. To see the true potential of “wireless,” you have to look at benefits and incentives beyond the freedom from cables. Wireless offers new business potential, new applications, and the possibility to create new and dynamic networks.

Wireless benefits

Wireless communication in tough, demanding applications is nothing new; wireless has been used for more than 40 years using proprietary radios. During the last 20 years, standardized radio technologies like Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi have become the dominant wireless technologies. And lately new dedicated variants have emerged. Vehicle‑to‑Everything (V2X), which is based on IEEE 802.11p enhanced Wi‑Fi, was created to increase traffic safety and in the long‑term enable autonomous driving.

The main advantages of using wireless solutions are the following:

  • Greater mobility and freedom of movement
  • Eliminating expensive and maintenance‑heavy cabling
  • Quick and easy installation and commissioning
  • High flexibility when modifying an installation
  • Increased personal safety in hazardous areas (e.g. cranes) by offering remote control
  • Easy integration of devices into the network
  • Flexible human interfaces for any device

Wireless choices

A single wireless technology cannot offer all the features and strengths that fit the various application requirements. Key requirements may be high data throughput, robustness, or low power (e.g. for battery operated devices). Wi‑Fi is often used for production planning and data acquisition as well as applications where fast roaming is required. Bluetooth can be used for Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), programming, service/maintenance, and real‑time control tasks.

The network of sensor devices that are accessible over the Internet is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Standardized wireless technologies are easy‑to‑deploy, cost efficient, and low power. In most IoT applications and solutions, the sensor device needs to be connected to a gateway and, from there, via an Ethernet connection or cellular modem to the Internet.

Ready‑to‑go wireless

Designing, testing and qualifying wireless solutions for use anywhere in the world takes specialist skills, test equipment, and dedicated facilities. Having to spend weeks reworking a printed circuit board (PCB) due to electromagnetic interference (EMI) issues can easily wipe out the cost benefits of a discrete design.

Compared to internally developed solutions, buying ready‑to‑go wireless modules considerably decreases time to market; we are talking about weeks instead of years. These modules have already undergone time consuming design, testing, certifications, qualifications, and type approvals.

But it is not just about the hardware. Getting Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi modules to behave exactly the way you want them to can be a battle – even for experienced programmers. Typically, it involves complex, time‑consuming, and bug‑prone embedded systems programming. If you don’t have a team of embedded systems programmers at your disposal, and you need to minimize risk, complexity, and your device’s time to market, you would greatly benefit from connectivity software solutions like u‑connect. Such feature‑rich configuration‑based software tools manage connectivity behind the scenes and let you focus on your product’s main features.

To summarize, modules and connectivity software make wireless easy – easy for you to release end‑products to the market:

  • Quick time to market
    • Plug and play, securing efficient use of your engineering team
    • Fully qualified, tested, and certified
    • Simplified development with u‑connect
    • Less development testing
  • Low engineering cost and zero capital investment
    • Less production testing, low production set‑up effort
    • Lower inventory costs and risks
  • Future proof and reduced supplier base
    • Assured migration to next generation with pin and software compatibility across generations
    • High quality components for consistent performance
    • No efforts needed for recertification to new or updated standards
    • Less external components required, resulting in reduced numbers of suppliers
"World first" Zigbee-certified smart home thermostat for direct control of underfloor heating solutions

“World first” Zigbee-certified smart home thermostat for direct control of underfloor heating solutions

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Sikom’s Z3 Thermostat EP employs Nordic’s nRF52840 SoC to enable Zigbee wireless connectivity and mesh networking in smart homes

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Sikom, a Trondheim/Verdal, Norway-based developer of GSM-based Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, has selected Nordic’s nRF52840 advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the Zigbee wireless connectivity for its ‘Sikom Z3 Thermostat EP’ for the smart home OEM market. According to Sikom, the thermostat is the first Zigbee-certified product for the direct control of smart home underfloor heating solutions.

The thermostat integrates actuators enabling the device to control floor heating cables directly, and is mains-powered, eliminating the need for battery replacement. Once installed, the thermostat can be controlled via a Zigbee Home Automation Profile-enabled control device using Zigbee wireless connectivity provided by the nRF52840 SoC. The thermostat can be easily implemented in a robust and secure Zigbee smart home mesh network, where the device acts as the router to other connected Zigbee devices.

The nRF52840 SoC is a powerful solution that gave us a lot of design freedom and functionality while keeping costs down – Øyvind Tande Hovdsveen, Sikom

Nordic’s nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC is Nordic’s most advanced ultra low power wireless solution. The SoC supports complex low power wireless applications that were previously not possible with a single-chip solution. The nRF52840 is Zigbee PRO (R21) and Green Power proxy-, Bluetooth 5-, and Thread 1.1-specification-certified and its Dynamic Multiprotocol feature uniquely supports concurrent wireless connectivity of the protocols. The SoC combines a 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio with 1MB Flash memory and 256kB RAM. A new radio architecture with on-chip PA provides features -95dBm RX sensitivity (at 1Mbps Bluetooth LE), a maximum output power of 8dBm, and a total link budget of 103dBm. Designed to address the inherent security challenges that are faced in IoT, the nRF52840 SoC incorporates the Arm® CryptoCell-310 cryptographic accelerator, offering best-in-class security.

The SoC is supplied with the Zigbee-compliant and industry-proven ZBOSS 3.1 stack, optimized for minimal resource usage, robust execution, and high performance.

“The nRF52840 SoC is a powerful solution that gave us a lot of design freedom and functionality while keeping costs down,” says Øyvind Tande Hovdsveen, Senior Systems Developer, Sikom. “Aside from Zigbee and Bluetooth LE support, the most important features for us were the memory allocation and processor capacity that allows for swift development of complex applications without needing to spend time fine tuning performance or sacrificing functionality.

“The rich Software Development Kit with example applications was also an important factor in our decision to select the nRF52840 SoC.”

The Sikom Z3 Thermostat EP thermostat complements the company’s “Bluetooth Thermostat EP”, a Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy heating control solution launched in May 2018 and also employing Nordic’s nRF52840 SoC.

New MMIC T3 Mixer Provides High Linearity With Expanded IF Capability

New MMIC T3 Mixer Provides High Linearity With Expanded IF Capability

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High Linearity Triple-Balanced MMIC Mixer for S, C, X-Band

The MT3L-0113HSM is a lower IF variant of our popular MT3H-0113HSM triple-balanced MMIC mixer. It offers similar linearity performance to our T3-07, T3-12, and MT3-0113CQG mixers with smaller size, better availability, and a lower price. Greater than +30dBm IIP3 can be achieved when paired with our ADM series of square-wave generating LO driver amplifiers. Sine-wave operation is also supported. RF and LO cover 1.5 to 13 GHz, and the IF is 0.25 to 5 GHz. With 40 dB of port-to-port isolation and over 60 dBc spurious suppression, this latest entry to the T3 product family is ideal for high performance radar, radio and test applications. MT3L-0113HSM is available in a surface-mount QFN or connectorized evaluation module.

Product Page Datasheet RF/LO

[GHz]

IF

[GHz]

LO Drive

[dBm]

Conversion Loss

[dB]

Isolation

L-R

[dB]

IIP3

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 MT3L-0113HSM pdf 1.5 to 13 0.25 to 5 +15 to +25 8.5 39 +31

 

The T3 Mixer Product Family

Our  T3 mixers is the most advanced mixer circuit available in the world. In addition to broadband overlapping LO, RF, and IF bands, it has the potential for extremely high linearity. T3 mixers are built in both hybrid and MMIC form. The hybrid construction allows for ultra-broadband coverage on all three ports (RF,LO, and IF), whereas the MMIC MT3 series offers the scalability and repeatability of a MMIC with the linear performance of the T3.  Click here for our full lineup of bare die, surface mount, and connectorized T3 mixers up to 40 GHz.

 

LO Drivers for T3 Mixers

The T3 mixer is a true-commutating mixer. This means it will provide increasing two-tone intermodulation suppression, input 1-dB compression, and spurious suppression (for most spurs) as the rise time of the LO signal is increased by either increasing sine wave LO drive or, for optimal results, using a square wave LO. The ADM series amplifiers were designed to provide strong odd (3rd and 5th) harmonics and are an ideal choice as a square wave LO generator for the T3 mixers.

 

T3 Mixer Primer

The Two-Tone-Terminator (T3) mixer is the most sophisticated mixer circuit on the market today and offers unparalleled performance when compared to all other mixer technologies. To learn the theory behind its operation and how this directly translates to improved P1dB, IP3 and spurious performance, download our T3 Primer.

New Comprehensive Product Line of Tunnel Diode Detectors Available with Same-Day Shipping

Pasternack Launches a New Comprehensive Product Line of Tunnel Diode Detectors Available with Same-Day Shipping

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New Tunnel Diode Detectors Cover Broadband Frequencies Ranging from 100 MHz to 26 GHz and exhibit Fast Pulse Response Risetimes

IRVINE, Calif. (May 7, 2019) – Pasternack, an Infinite Electronics brand and leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has introduced a new product line of coaxial packaged tunnel diode detectors that are in-stock and available with no MOQ required. These detectors are ideal for prototype and proof-of-concept applications used in aerospace and defense, military and commercial radar, test and measurement, SATCOM applications and more.

Pasternack’s comprehensive offering includes 26 models of tunnel diode detectors that feature rugged Germanium planar construction and operate over octave and broadband frequencies that range from 100 MHz to 26 GHz. These zero biased designs are available in both positive and negative video output polarities and offer excellent dynamic range with very efficient low-level signal detection.  Another added benefit is an extremely fast pulse response risetime of 5 nsec typical.  These detectors have maximum input power handling of +17 dBm and exhibit a flat video output response across wide frequency bands over a maximum temperature range of -65°C to +115°C. All models are RoHS and REACH compliant and available in compact cylindrical packages that feature an SMA male RF input connector and an SMA female video output connector.

“Our new tunnel diode detector product line is ideal when fast and sensitive power detection capability is needed. We offer a comprehensive selection of broadband high-performance designs that cover a variety of applications, plus detailed datasheets, applications support and immediate, in-stock availability with no MOQ required,” said Tim Galla, Product Manager.

Pasternack’s new tunnel diode detectors are in stock and available for same-day shipping.

For detailed information on these products, please visit https://www.pasternack.com/pages/RF-Microwave-and-Millimeter-Wave-Products/tunnel-diode-detectors.html?

For inquiries, Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

About Pasternack:

A leader in RF products since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier offering the industry’s largest selection of active and passive RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping. Pasternack is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics:

Infinite Electronics is a leading global supplier of electronic components serving the urgent needs of engineers through a family of highly recognized and trusted brands. Our portfolio brands are specialists within their respective product set, offering broad inventories of engineering-grade product, paired with expert technical support and same-day shipping. Over 100,000 customers across a diverse set of markets rely upon Infinite Electronics to stock and reliably ship urgently needed products every day.

Press Contact:

Peter McNeil

Pasternack

17792 Fitch

Irvine, CA 92614

(978) 682-6936

PCS.66.A Antenna by Taoglas

PCS.66.A Antenna by Taoglas

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The Reach PCS.66.A from Taoglas is an LTE/Cellular/5G SMD antenna that operates from 600 to 6000 MHz covering all LTE cellular bands and all sub-6 GHz bands for 5G deployments. It also covers 3G and 2G bands to allow for fall-back when LTE is not available. This omnidirectional antenna delivers a gain of up to 5.7 dBi with an efficiency as high as 80% and can handle an input power of up to 5 watts.

Measuring just 32 x 25 x 1.6 mm, the PCS.66.A is available as tape and reel and can be mounted on the short edge of the PCB via ‘pick & place’. It is suitable for lower cost LTE applications, especially IoT projects and can be tuned for the device environment using a matching circuit, or other techniques on the main PCB itself.

Product Details

      • Part Number : PCS.66.A
      • Manufacturer : Taoglas
      • Description : Wideband LTE/Cellular/5G SMD Antenna

General Parameters

      • Type : Low Profile, PCB
      • Directionality : Omni-Directional
      • Polarization : Linear
      • Standards : LTE, GSM, CDMA, 5G, HSPA, UMTS, WiFi
      • Frequency : LTE : 617 to 960 MHz/1427 to 1518 MHz/1710 to 1990 MHz/1920 to 2170 MHz/2500 to 2700 MHz/3300 to 5000 MHz, WiFi : 2400 to 2500 MHz/5150 to 5850 MHz
      • Gain : Peak Gain : 1.3 to 5.7 dBi, Average Gain : -3.4 to -1 dBi
      • Power : 5 W
      • Efficiency : 45 to 80 %
      • Industry : Cellular / Wireless Infrastructure, WiFi / Bluetooth / ZigBee
      • VSWR : 3.00:1
      • Mounting : Surface Mount, PCB Mount
      • Impedance : 50 Ohms
      • Connectors : SMA, SMA – Female
      • Multi Band : Yes
      • Multi Port : No
      • Dimension : 32 x 25 x 1.6 mm
      • Operating Temperature : -40 to 85 Degree C
      • Storage Temperature : -40 to 105 Degree C
      • RoHS : Yes
Pasternack Releases New Millimeter-wave Waveguide Antennas Up to 220 GHz

Pasternack Releases New Millimeter-wave Waveguide Antennas Up to 220 GHz

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New In-Stock MM-wave Waveguide Antennas Include Conical Waveguide, Scalar Feed Horns, Lens Antennas And More

IRVINE, Calif. (May 9, 2019) – Pasternack, an Infinite Electronics brand and a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has released a new line of waveguide antennas designed to address R&D, military/aerospace, experimental radar, test & measurement and wireless communication applications from 40 GHz to 220 GHz.

Pasternack’s new line of millimeter-wave waveguide antennas consist of 85 new models that cover broad frequency ranges of 40 to 220 GHz, feature waveguide sizes ranging from WR5 to WR19 and offer gain ranging from 3.5 dBi to 25 dBi nominal.

Five categories of ultra-high frequency waveguide antennas are now available to address point-to-point and point-to-multi-point wireless applications including standard gain horn antennas to 220 GHz, conical gain horn antennas to 220 GHz, wide angle scalar feed horn antennas to 99 GHz, horn lens and omni-directional antennas up to 99 GHz. All antennas in this series are RoHS and REACH compliant and are constructed with the highest quality materials and workmanship.

“This new expansion of our existing waveguide antenna line addresses the need for higher frequency antennas to support a host of millimeter-wave applications between 40 GHz to 220 GHz. In fact, this expanded line of millimeter-wave waveguide antennas are the highest frequency products Pasternack has ever offered,” explains Mark Miller, Product Line Manager. “By offering a wider variety of ultra-high frequency waveguide antenna types, all off-the-shelf, we can satisfy even more of our customers’ application requirements.“

Pasternack’s new mm-wave waveguide antennas up to 220 GHz are in-stock and ready for immediate shipment with no minimum order quantity.

For detailed information on these products, please visit https://www.pasternack.com/pages/RF-Microwave-and-Millimeter-Wave-Products/waveguide-antennas.html. For inquiries, Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

About Pasternack:

A leader in RF products since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier offering the industry’s largest selection of active and passive RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping. Pasternack is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics:

Infinite Electronics is a leading global supplier of electronic components serving the urgent needs of engineers through a family of highly recognized and trusted brands. Our portfolio brands are specialists within their respective product set, offering broad inventories of engineering-grade product, paired with expert technical support and same-day shipping. Over 100,000 customers across a diverse set of markets rely upon Infinite Electronics to stock and reliably ship urgently needed products every day.

Press Contact:

Peter McNeil

Pasternack

17792 Fitch

Irvine, CA 92614

(978) 682-6936

 

MFB-1100 Band Pass Filter by Marki Microwave

MFB-1100 Band Pass Filter by Marki Microwave

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The MFB-1100 from Marki Microwave is a Band Pass Filter with Frequency 9 to 13 GHz, Bandwidth 3 GHz, Center Frequency 11 GHz, Insertion Loss 2 to 3 dB, Rejection 20 to 50 dB. Tags: Die. More details for MFB-1100 can be seen below

Product Details

    • Part Number : MFB-1100
    • Manufacturer : Marki Microwave
    • Description : 9 to 13 GHz, Band Pass Filter Die

General Parameters

    • Application : X Band
    • Frequency : 9 to 13 GHz
    • Bandwidth : 3 GHz
    • Center Frequency : 11 GHz
    • Insertion Loss : 2 to 3 dB
    • Rejection : 20 to 50 dB
    • Return Loss : 17 dB
    • Impedance : 50 Ohms
    • Package Type : Die
    • Operating_Temperature : -55 to 100 Degree C
    • Storage_Temperature : -65 to 125 Degree C
    • Grade : Commercial, Space
    • RoHS : Yes
u-blox takes continuous lane accurate positioning to challenging urban environments

u-blox takes continuous lane accurate positioning to challenging urban environments

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The ZED‑F9K GNSS and dead reckoning module improves positioning performance tenfold over standard precision technology.  

Thalwil, Switzerland – May 2, 2019 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced the u‑blox ZED‑F9K high precision multi‑band GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) module with built‑in inertial sensors. The module combines the latest generation of GNSS receiver technology, signal processing algorithms, and correction services to deliver down to decimeter‑level accuracy within seconds, addressing the evolving needs of ADAS (Advanced Driver‑Assistance Systems) and automated driving markets.

The ZED‑F9K high precision dead reckoning module builds on the u‑blox F9 technology platform. Compatibility with modern GNSS correction services further improves positioning accuracy by compensating ionospheric and other errors. The multi‑band, multi‑constellation RTK (Real Time Kinematics) receiver module receives GNSS signals from all orbiting GNSS constellations. A greater number of visible satellites improves positioning performance in partially obstructed conditions, while increased satellite signal diversity delivers faster convergence times when signals are interrupted.

Inertial sensors integrated into the module constantly monitor changes in the moving vehicle’s trajectory and continue to deliver lane accurate positioning when satellite signals are partially or completely obstructed as is the case when the vehicle is in parking garages, tunnels, urban canyons, or forested areas. When satellite signals become available again, the module combines inertial sensor data with GNSS signals to deliver fast convergence times and high availability of the decimeter‑level solution.

The result of this combination of the latest developments in GNSS technology, correction services, and inertial sensing is a tenfold increase in positioning performance over standard precision solutions.

By robustly providing lane accurate position information, the ZED‑F9K meets the needs of ADAS and autonomous driving applications, as well as head units and advanced navigation systems. The module’s accuracy and low latency also makes it ideal for automotive OEMs and Tier 1s developing V2X (Vehicle‑to‑everything) communication systems. By continuously sharing their location with other traffic participants, these V2X systems contribute to increasing overall road safety and reducing traffic congestion.

“We designed the ZED‑F9K to be a turnkey high precision GNSS solution that caters to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s connected cars,” says Alex Ngi, Product Manager, Product Strategy for Dead Reckoning, u‑blox. “The ZED‑F9K is unique in that it integrates a multitude of technologies, from the GNSS receiver to the inertial measurement unit and relevant dead reckoning algorithms into a single device for which we can ensure performance throughout the customer product development cycle.”

Samples will be available upon request by July 2019.

About u‑blox

u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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High precision positioning

High precision positioning

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Achieving centimeter-level accuracy by combining RTK technology and u-blox GNSS expertise.

High precision positioning can be achieved by combining Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou, with Real Time Kinematics (RTK) technology. RTK is a technique that uses the receiver’s measurements of the phase of the satellite signal’s carrier wave. These measurements combined with corrections from a local or virtual base station allow the receiver to solve carrier ambiguities and provide centimeter level accurate position information to the end user, typically a moving device referred to as the rover.

The demand for scalable high precision technology is growing rapidly, as evident in the automotive world with next generation HUD and V2X applications, and in robotics with applications such as UAVs and robotic lawnmowers.

However, due to the complexity, size, power, and cost restrictions, existing high precision solutions have been unable to meet the demands of these markets.

Building on the success of our NEO M8P high precision GNSS module series and drawing on our extensive experience in GNSS positioning technologies, including dead reckoning, multi‑band, Real Time Kinematics, and GNSS correction services, we’ve created the u‑blox F9 platform. The platform delivers the next level of scalable GNSS high precision technology, which will pave the path for new navigation applications such as augmented reality and unmanned vehicle navigation.

To learn more, see:

 

ZED-F9K module

High precision dead reckoning with integrated IMU sensors

Continuous lane accurate positioning under the most challenging conditions

  • Decimeter level accuracy for automotive mass markets
  • Ideal for ADAS, V2X and head‑up displays
  • Turnkey multi‑band RTK solution with built‑in inertial sensors
  • Low latency position update rate of up to 30 Hz

The ZED-F9K module with the u-blox F9 multi-band GNSS receiver features rapid convergence time within seconds. This mass-market component provides decimeter-level positioning with high availability, while making use of all four GNSS constellations simultaneously. It is the first dead reckoning module with an integrated Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) capable of high precision positioning. The sophisticated built-in algorithms fuse the IMU data, GNSS measurements, wheel ticks, and vehicle dynamics model to provide lane accurate positioning where GNSS alone would fail. The module operates under open-sky motorways, in the wooded countryside, in difficult urban environments, and even in tunnels and underground parking. In modern automotive applications, such as Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) where availability can improve the safety of our roads, ZED-F9K is the ultimate solution. The device is a turnkey solution eliminating the technical risk of integrating third party libraries, precise positioning engines, and the multi-faceted hardware engineering aspects of radio frequency design and digital design. The u-blox approach provides a transparent evaluation of the positioning solution and provides clear lines of responsibility for design support, while reducing supply chain complexity during production. ZED-F9K is ideal for innovative automotive architecture designs with limited space and power. The module provides accurate location services to the increasing number of intelligent Electronic Control Units (ECU), such as telematics control units, navigation systems, infotainment, and V2x safety systems. The module reaches a high navigation output rate of up to 30 Hz. The on-board processor augments fused GNSS position with additional IMU-based position estimates. Drivers experience responsive, lag-free user interfaces. ZED-F9K can output raw IMU and raw GNSS data for advanced applications. ZED-F9K modules are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites and are fully tested on a system level. Qualification tests are performed as stipulated in the ISO 16750 standard: “Road vehicles – Environmental conditions and testing for electrical and electronic equipment”.