Swift Navigation announced the availability of its Starling Positioning Engine with Broadcom’s dual-frequency GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver chip, the BCM47755. This new solution is capable of delivering centimeter accuracy with minimal power consumption and small footprint for rapidly expanding precise positioning applications.

Starling enhances the measurements from commercially available GNSS receivers to provide true precision and integrity capabilities. Swift’s Starling software is GNSS receiver agnostic and works with a variety of GNSS chips and inertial sensors. Starling features multi-band, multi-constellation support to provide centimeter-level accuracy and supports the calculation of integrity outputs to provide absolute position, velocity and time (PVT).

The benefits of integrating Starling with the BCM47755 measurement engine include low system-level power consumption and a smaller PCB (printed circuit board) footprint. The integration illustrated the accuracy of the combined solution and forthcoming offerings for autonomous vehicles including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), robotics, asset tracking, fleet management and other applications requiring precise positioning. The BCM47755 simultaneously supports GPS and GLONASS in the L1 frequency band or GPS and Galileo in both the L1/E1 and L5/E5a frequency bands.

The Switft Evaluation Kit includes:

  • Starling Evaluation Board
    • Cortex-A7 Processor Running Starling Positioning Engine on Linux
    • Broadcom BCM47755 Chip
    • I/O – RS-232, Ethernet, USB, CAN
    • Supports SBP, NMEA and RTCM3 Protocols
    • Built in NTRIP Client
    • Built in Client for Skylark, Swift’s Cloud-Based GNSS Corrections Service
  • Dual Frequency, Multi-Constellation Antenna
  • External Cell Modem
  • Power Supply, Cabling and Accessories
  • Evaluation Kit Hardware Design Documentation, including Schematics and Layout
  • Evaluation Kit User Manual, Swift Console PC Application and Firmware Image