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WORK Microwave showcases self-configurable Xidus GNSS simulator

Xidus-648 (Photo: Work Microwave)

Xidus-648 (Photo: Work Microwave)

WORK Microwave demonstrated its Xidus GNSS Simulator at the ION GNSS+ 2022 conference, which took place last week in Denver.

The Xidus GNSS simulator provides high-fidelity, reliable RF signals with automated calibration, making it suitable for validating the performance of GNSS receivers for a wide range of applications, including spacecraft, aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles, digitalized agriculture, autonomous driving, and military drones and vehicles.

The Xidus GNSS simulator enables users to perform rigorous and extensive testing of GNSS systems. Through advanced customization and configurable capabilities, Xidus provides pure, perfectly synchronized and reliable benchmark signals distributed over one or many RF outputs. The wide, dynamic power range is a key differentiator, allowing users to perform real tests without attenuation artifacts. With the Xidus system, users can easily and effectively generate long-term, complex and reproducible yet variable scenarios at higher update rates without leaving the laboratory.

Xidus simulates multi-constellation, multi-frequency and multi-RF signals out of the box — for any position on Earth and in space. The simulator includes APIs and remote control for flexible system integration and automated testing. Modular signal-generation hardware allows simple plug-and-play module insertion, enabling easy and robust field upgrades whenever necessary, the company said.

WORK Microwave’s Xidus GNSS simulator series includes:

Xidus-Studio Software — This powerful and intuitive graphical user interface for the Xidus GNSS simulator simplifies the configuration of any scenario, providing access to a wide variety of parameters: different vehicle models with 6DOF, multiple vehicle simulation, spoofing and meaconing, multiple TX antenna patterns, multiple RX antenna patterns, industry standard error models, runtime distortions on individual channels, and more. Xidus-Studio also allows the design of bespoke satellite orbits ranging from LEO to GEO. The software runs on both Windows and Linux platforms.

Xidus-424 GNSS simulator — Offering a compact chassis with two RF outputs, it runs any scenario over multi-constellation/frequency even with the entry configuration. This chassis supports up to 128 LOS channels and 512 multipaths that can be seamlessly distributed over the two RF outputs.

Xidus-648 GNSS simulator — This is a bigger chassis designed to support the most demanding scenarios, up to 256 LOS channels and 1,024 multipaths, dispatched seamlessly over four RF outputs. The chassis can easily be cascaded if needed. The tool is suitable for test campaigns on receivers with multiple antennas.

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