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Swift Navigation offers Piksi Multi firmware update

November 3, 2017  - By

Swift ​​Navigation​, ​​a ​​San ​​Francisco-based ​​tech ​​startup ​​building centimeter-accurate ​​GPS ​​technology ​​to ​​power ​​a ​​world ​​of ​​autonomous ​​vehicles, ​​released ​​the second ​​major ​​firmware ​​upgrade ​​to ​​its ​​flagship ​​product ​​​Piksi Multi ​​GNSS ​​module​​​. ​​

The ​​upgrade ​​is available ​​at ​​no ​​cost ​​to ​​Piksi ​​Multi ​​users ​​and ​​provides ​​initial ​​support ​​for ​​a ​​new ​​constellation ​​(GLONASS), as ​​well ​​as ​​increased ​​functionality ​​and ​​improved ​​performance.

Firmware ​​version ​​1.2 ​​updates ​​include:

  • GLONASS ​​Support ​​​- The ​​new ​​firmware ​​provides ​​dual ​​frequency ​​(L1/L2) ​​GLONASS ​​raw measurements ​​for ​​use ​​cases ​​such ​​as ​​post-processed ​​kinematic ​​(PPK) ​​and ​​custom ​​navigation engines. ​​Additionally, ​​initial ​​GLONASS ​​navigation ​​outputs ​​expand ​​receiver ​​capability ​​for ​​Single Point ​​Positioning ​​(SPP). ​​Further ​​GLONASS ​​navigation ​​performance ​​improvements ​​are ​​planned for ​​future ​​firmware ​​releases.
  • Fundamentally ​​Improved ​​RTK ​​Float ​​Solution ​​​- Piksi ​​Multi’s ​​float ​​RTK ​​output ​​has ​​been ​​tuned ​​to optimize ​​the ​​solution ​​for ​​autonomous ​​machines ​​and ​​precision ​​navigation. ​​There ​​is ​​a ​​step-change improvement ​​of ​​positioning ​​performance ​​in ​​float ​​mode. ​​In ​​fact, ​​new ​​and ​​improved ​​float ​​solution performance ​​can ​​often ​​fulfill ​​precision ​​navigation ​​requirements.
  • RTK ​​Robustness ​​​- ​​Swift ​​has ​​added ​​a ​​Measurement ​​Integrity ​​Assurance ​​(MIA) ​​feature ​​that ensures ​​only ​​top ​​quality ​​pseudorange ​​and ​​carrier ​​phase ​​range ​​measurements ​​are ​​used ​​for navigation. ​​This ​​will ​​improve ​​navigation ​​performance ​​in ​​the ​​face ​​of ​​poor ​​measurement conditions ​​from ​​multipath, ​​pitch ​​and ​​roll ​​of ​​the ​​antenna ​​on ​​dynamic ​​vehicles, ​​and ​​temporary obstructions.
  • Fundamentally ​​Improved ​​SPP ​​Solution ​​​- Improving ​​on ​​its ​​original ​​”single ​​epoch” ​​SPP, ​​version 1.2 ​​firmware ​​has ​​an ​​advanced ​​SPP ​​solution ​​that ​​brings ​​Swift’s ​​estimation ​​and ​​filtering ​​expertise to ​​bear ​​on ​​the ​​Single ​​Point ​​Position ​​output ​​when ​​there ​​are ​​no ​​RTK ​​corrections. ​​Version ​​1.2 ​​also harmonizes ​​the ​​SPP ​​output ​​with ​​Swift’s ​​Differential ​​Positioning ​​output.
  • Improved ​​I/O ​​Capabilities ​​- ​​This ​​release ​​continues ​​to ​​improve ​​upon ​​input/output ​​(I/O) capabilities ​​in ​​the ​​Piksi ​​Multi ​​receiver. ​​Two ​​fully ​​configurable ​​TCP/IP ​​clients ​​have ​​been ​​added, which, ​​when ​​coupled ​​with ​​the ​​TCP/IP ​​server ​​features ​​from ​​prior ​​releases, ​​allow ​​users ​​to ​​send and ​​receive ​​Swift ​​Binary ​​Protocol ​​(SBP) ​​information ​​including ​​RTK ​​corrections ​​across ​​any ​​LAN through ​​settings ​​changes ​​only. ​​The ​​release ​​also ​​allows ​​modification ​​of ​​the ​​numerical ​​TCP/IP server ​​ports ​​for ​​compatibility ​​with ​​legacy ​​systems. Version ​​1.2 ​​also ​​has ​​improved ​​stability ​​of ​​the micro-USB ​​serial ​​interface ​​through ​​a ​​key ​​bug ​​fix ​​to ​​this ​​interface. ​​The ​​addition ​​of ​​a ​​Linux ​​serial console ​​and ​​network ​​adapter ​​over ​​the ​​micro-USB ​​interface ​​allows ​​advanced ​​receiver ​​command and ​​control ​​for ​​developers.

“The ​​1.2 ​​firmware ​​release ​​marks ​​a ​​new ​​era ​​of ​​performance ​​for ​​the ​​Piksi ​​Multi/Duro ​​product ​​lines,” said Anthony ​​Cole, ​​Ph.D., ​​lead estimation ​​engineer ​​at ​​Swift ​​Navigation. “​​We have ​​added ​​GLONASS ​​support ​​for ​​positioning ​​and ​​GLONASS ​​raw ​​observation ​​output ​​for ​​PPK ​​use ​​cases, which ​​makes ​​the ​​Piksi ​​Multi/Duro ​​product ​​lines ​​feature ​​complete ​​for ​​a ​​wide ​​variety ​​of ​​applications.”

“The ​​addition ​​of ​​GLONASS ​​support ​​for ​​positioning ​​provides ​​huge ​​performance ​​benefits ​​in ​​challenging environments, ​​including ​​urban ​​environments ​​and ​​under ​​foliage,” ​​Cole added, ​​”This ​​release highlights ​​Swift ​​Navigation’s ​​ability ​​to ​​develop ​​new ​​features ​​for ​​the ​​Piksi ​​Multi/Duro ​​product ​​lines ​​with unparalleled ​​speed; ​​due ​​to ​​our ​​unique ​​hardware ​​architecture ​​and ​​innovative ​​approach ​​to ​​testing, ​​we have ​​shipped ​​GLONASS ​​support ​​a ​​mere ​​5 ​​months ​​after ​​the ​​previous ​​firmware ​​release, ​​with ​​no ​​changes to ​​the ​​Piksi ​​Multi ​​hardware ​​required.”

For ​​more ​​detailed ​​information ​​about ​​these ​​upgrades, ​​please ​​refer ​​to ​​the ​​​Piksi Multi ​​Firmware ​​1.2 Release​. ​​For ​​detailed ​​instructions ​​on ​​how ​​to ​​upgrade ​​your ​​Piksi ​​Multi ​​device, ​​refer ​​to ​​Section ​​7 ​​of ​​the Getting ​​Started ​​Guide ​​​Piksi ​​Multi ​​- ​​Upgrading ​​Firmware​​​. ​​For ​​firmware ​​release ​​binaries ​​and product ​​support ​​documentation ​​visit ​​​​.

Learn about the features of the Piksi Multi ​​GNSS ​​module, which was showcased at Intergeo 2017.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.