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06/06/2013 - Spirent Launches New Multi-Frequency GNSS Record and Playback System

Powerful yet portable system supports new constellations, such as BeiDou, and new frequencies to improve performance testing of positioning systems

Paignton, United Kingdom – (June 5, 2013) – Spirent Communications, the leader in testing navigation and positioning systems, today announced the launch of the Spirent GSS6425 multi-frequency GNSS record and playback (RPS) test system. It provides customers with RF recordings for more constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS), more frequencies (L1, L2, L5), wider bandwidth (30MHz) and more features to support a wide range of positioning and timing test applications.

Spirent's product is unique in that it is self-contained and portable, allowing users to record and playback data in the field without the need for an additional PC or external power. With the GSS6425, it is simple to faithfully capture and replay complex signal conditions, such as urban environments, indoor spaces like airport terminals, and dense forests. Multiple environments can be brought into the lab and replayed in a repeatable and controlled manner, helping developers improve receiver and system performance.

"Customers have told us they want to record multi-GNSS signals simultaneously, for example GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou," said Rahul Gupta, product manager for Spirent's Positioning division. "They have also told us that capture and playback of other data, such as inertial or vehicle CAN bus is needed. The GSS6425 enables all this in a very capable, yet easy-to-use and self-contained unit." With the GSS6425, users can select and record three GNSS frequency bands at any one time, each with up to 30MHz bandwidth. If more than three concurrent channels are required, two GSS6425 units can be synchronized in a master and slave configuration. For example, survey-grade receiver developers can capture GPS L1, L2 and L5 signals, GLONASS L1 and L2, plus satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) signals such as StarFire or OmniSTAR.

The GSS6425 is also capable of recording additional sources including inertial and dead reckoning sensor outputs and vehicle CAN bus data. Data can be time-stamped and stored in the GNSS data file, ensuring synchronized playback. The GSS6425 can also record the GPS receiver 1pps (pulse per second) output for synchronization purposes. These features are particularly useful in developing hybrid receivers such as for automotive and indoor positioning applications.

About Spirent Communications plc
Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations to enable customers to deploy communications networks, services & applications, and devices that enrich life. Our extensive portfolio of solutions test data centers, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network security, and global navigation satellite systems. With solutions used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, the world’s largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprise and governments rely daily on Spirent to help ensure their success. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,300 employees worldwide.

Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: SPT). The Company operates a Level 1 American Depositary Receipt ("ADR") program with each ADR representing four Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares. The ADRs trade in the US over-the-counter ("OTC") market under the symbol SPMYY and the CUSIP number is 84856M209. Spirent Communications' sales to the United States government are made through Spirent Federal Systems Inc (www.spirentfederal.com).

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