New GNSS/INS SPAN-MPPC board stack announced at ION 09

Compact card-stack form factor allows easy integration into precision navigation applications.

SPAN Product Manager: Jason Hamilton (403) 295-4953
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 25, 2009) - NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel), the leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precise global navigation satellite system (GNSS) positioning technology, introduced the SPAN-MPPC today at ION 2009 in Savannah, Georgia. The SPAN-MPPC provides the processing power of the company's powerful SPAN™ (Synchronous Position, Attitude and Navigation) engine, the SPAN-SE, in a convenient card-stack form factor that can be easily integrated into a wide range of navigation applications.

SPAN products tightly-couple NovAtel's GNSS technology with highly-accurate inertial measurement technology, resulting in a robust, stable and continuous position, velocity and attitude solution. The SPAN-MPPC board stack is compatible with all SPAN supported inertial measurement units (IMUs), including the Honeywell HG1700, the iMAR FSAS and the Northrop Grumman LN200. It offers serial, USB, CAN and Ethernet connectivity as well as multiple output strobes and input event triggers for synchronization of other sensors.

"The SPAN-MPPC is a card-based solution designed to meet the needs of system integrators whose products are constrained by size and weight, like those in airborne survey, ground mapping and vehicle tracking", stated Graham Purves, VP. Sales and Marketing for NovAtel. "By combining our multi-constellation OEMV-3 receiver with our GNSS/INS technology in a board stack configuration, we have created a powerful, compact navigation solution that takes up considerably less room than enclosed navigation systems." Purves added, "The MPPC is yet another example of NovAtel's commitment to developing innovative OEM component-level solutions that simplify technology integration challenges for our customers."

Development kits of SPAN-MPPC are available now, with first customer volume shipments available January, 2010.

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About NovAtel

NovAtel Inc. is a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems, including receivers, antennas, enclosures and firmware. An ISO certified company, NovAtel's products are developed for efficient, rapid integration into our customers' precise positioning applications. These applications include surveying, Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, precision agriculture machine guidance, port automation, mining, marine and defense industries. NovAtel's reference receivers are at the core of national aviation ground networks in the USA, Japan, Europe, China and India. The Company maintains its leadership position through significant R&D investment focusing on the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS), the revitalized Russian GLONASS and the emerging European Galileo satellite systems, as well as the integration of additional complementary technologies such as Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada and is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.

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Posted on 25/09/2009