Navigation SoC

Needs

 

 Problems

  • Affordable (~10$) high precision (<1 m) and reliable navigation:
    • autonomous drones (UAV)
    • smart agriculture for small and medium size farms
    • small disposable devices to monitor buildings, deliveries
    • vehicle navigation – lane tracking
    • navigation in urban canyons
 
  • Available solutions on mass market:
    • low positioning accuracy
    • poor reliability
  • Available solutions on professional market:
    • high cost
    • large size
    • no integration
    • high power consumption
  • No reliable and highly accurate single-chip solution

Solution

 

 Possible applications

 
  • NaviSoC – single-chip solution allowing:
    • high precision and reliability
    • low cost
    • high integration – small size
    • multi constellations satellite reception
    • multi standard, multi frequency simultaneous reception
    • SBAS reception
    • "turn-key" solution for simple device development
   
  • UAV navigation devices
  • Flight deck for ultralight aircrafts and electronics equipment for SBAS enabled avionics with redundancy through L5/E5 ARNS – safety of life signal
  • Monitoring the water level in the storage reservoirs
  • Monitoring flood protection embankments
  • Smart agriculture
  • Tracking of railway rolling stock
Global_GNSS_market   GNSS_market
GNSS Market Report, Issue 4, March 2015 by GSA

Market

Over last years we can observe continuous growth of the global GNSS market. The total market size is around 250 billion USD and the core (chipset) market is around 75 billion USD (according to the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency – GSA). Most of the market is dominated by road and smartphone location based services (LBS). ChipCraft wants to answer the demands for affordable, reliable and high precision positioning solution, reported by such segments as aviation, agriculture, space and military. Our special focus is on aviation, safety and agriculture segments which according to GSA represents 3% of the total GNSS market.

Actual phase of project development

The project is now on 3rd Technology Readiness Level - TRL. Three-dies chipset developed in 130 nm CMOS technology was successfully manufactured and characterized during the NCBR (The National Centre for Research and Development) project. The chipset is a full RF (Radio Frequency) Front-End for satellite navigation receiver. With dedicated microstrip antennas (developed and manufactured) it receives navigation signals in two frequency bands (L1/E1, L5/E5) from both Galileo and GPS constellations. The specialized, multi-core navigation microprocessor (µP) was simultaneously developed during NCBiR’s grant. Each of µP’s cores is a 32-bit, high-performance and low-power pipelined control unit. Proprietary microprocessor’s architecture has been designed from the scratch by our team at the Warsaw University of Technology. The full integration of these three chips together with a dedicated navigation microprocessor, which can run navigation and application firmware, into one silicon structure is in progress of actual works.

 The NaviSoC target specification

 

 

  • Simultaneous reception from two systems: Galileo, GPS + BeiDou (extension)
  • Simultaneous dual-frequency reception: E1/L1, E5/L5 + B1/B2 (extension)
  • SBAS signals reception: EGNOS, WASS, MSAS, GAGAN
  • Low price per chip
  • Position accuracy: < 1 m (pseudoranges), < 20 cm (carrier phase)
  • Time To First Fix (TTFF): hot start < 2 s, cold start < 35 s
  • PPS output with time synchronization error < 10 ns
  • Low power consumption
  • Dedicated multi-band antenna
  • Fast acquisition and tracking of multiple satellites simultaneously
  • NMEA, proprietary format and raw data output
  • Evaluation board with a reference design for system integrators (OEM)
  • Ionospheric corrections in real time regardless of SBAS
  • Proprietary multi-core 32-bit embedded navigation microprocessor (fully integrated μP)
  • Communicate with outside word (using digital interfaces):
    • UART
    • SPI
    • I2C
    • RS485
    • CAN
   

 

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