Agilent Technologies has enhanced its Signal Studio for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) software (N7609B) with real-time and basic mode capabilities designed to allow engineers to simulate Galileo signals for receiver testing and to address the needs of the manufacturing test market.

Comprising the Advanced Galileo real-time mode and the Scenario Generator for Advanced Galileo, Signal Studio’s new capability enables users to perform real-time, multi-satellite simulation for the European Galileo system. While the full system (including 27 operational satellites and three active spares) won’t be completed until 2019, Galileo-ready chipsets and receivers are available today.

Agilent’s Advanced Galileo software supports these development efforts by allowing engineers to generate signals that simulate Galileo satellites or combinations of Galileo, GPS, and/or GLONASS satellites. With the Scenario Generator for Advanced Galileo, users can create custom scenarios (simulating stationary or moving receivers) for specific locations, dates, and times involving Galileo satellites. These capabilities target engineers designing or testing GNSS chipsets, modules, components, or receivers as well as mobile devices providing navigation or location-based services.

Signal Studio’s new basic-mode capability is available via the Basic Single Satellite Waveform option. It provides single satellite waveform files that can be used for simple receiver testing in manufacturing and other applications. In addition to GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo, waveform files are available for the Chinese Compass/Beidou2 system, satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS), and the Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). The availability of waveform files for these newer systems speeds time-to-market by enabling basic testing for satellite acquisition and tracking and receiver sensitivity in R&D and design verification, according to Agilent.

Signal Studio for GNSS real-time capabilities for Galileo (Opt. N7609B-UFP and Opt. N7609B-VFP) and basic waveform generation capability (Opt. N7609B-EFP) are now available. The real-time capability starts at $9368, which includes a connectivity option (connection to Agilent’s EXG or MXG signal generator) and any one of the real-time options for GPS (QFP), GLONASS (SFP), or Galileon (UFP). The basic waveform capability starts at $3898, which includes a connectivity option (such as connection to Agilent’s EXG or MXG signal generator) and the basic single satellite waveform option (EFP). The basic waveform capability also can be used with Agilent’s ESG or PSG signal generators, EXT wireless communications test set, or PXB baseband generator and channel emulator.

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