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Topcon announced G3 satellite receiver technology with a Universal Signal Tracking system capable of tracking all GPS, GLONASS and future Galileo signals. To process multiple signals from multiple satellite systems, Topcon engineered the Paradigm-G3 chip. It is capable of receiving GPS L1, L2 and L5 carrier frequencies; C/A and L2C civilian codes; and P-code on both L1 and L2 frequencies. It also receives GLONASS signals, including L1 and L2 carrier frequencies and L1/L2 C/A and P-codes. In addition, the chip supports the entire Galileo signal structure, including L1, E1, E2, E5 and E6 signals. The advanced design features 72 tracking channels and operates with minimal power consumption. The new chip will be the basis for a new generation of Topcon GPS+ products and will first appear in the new <P>
RS-G3 reference receiver.
FC-100 Field Computer
Also, Topcon announced that the FC-100 field computer is available with 256 Mb non-volatile internal memory. The FC-100 offers 20 hours of battery life from the lithium-ion camcorder-style batteries; users can work more than two days without recharging. The FC-100 features an Intel 400 Mhz X-scale processor and Windows CE operating system for quick response to commands and functions. The ultra-bright color touchscreen display is clear and crisp even in bright daylight conditions. Separate slots for compact flash (CF) and secure digital (SD) cards provide the user with flexibility for file transfer and storage. The FC-100 can also be purchased with the option of 128 Mb internal memory. (Topcon, Livermore, Calif.)