GPS Source announces the release of a new line of GPS/GNSS splitters created for the small cell wireless and distributed antenna system (DAS) markets. Specifically designed for the L band frequency, they can eliminate the cost of multiple antennas and long cable runs in wireless installations.
With four or eight outputs, this new line of GPS/GNSS splitters make it possible to use a single GPS referencing antenna and cable arrangement for multiple synchronized systems. These splitters are available at a very low price point and include many desired features, including DC bias select and amplification.
GPS Source RF signal splitters are unique relative to other generic RF signal splitters as they typically operate in conjunction with an active GPS antenna (a GPS antenna that includes an integrated Low Noise Amplifier). Consequently, a GPS RF signal splitter must have provisions for managing the DC voltage to the active GPS antenna. The S14GT and S18GT will power an external GPS antenna from any of the RF Outputs. A “hunt-and-pick” circuit is used to select only one DC input for power should more than one source be connected. Designed for redundancy, if the selected DC bias input should fail, the DC bias will automatically switch to another DC input to ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the active antenna.
Robert Horton of GPS Source said, “Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) allow for easy system growth in size and scope of application, whether the system needs to scale to reach new service areas or add bandwidth and capacity. This growth has led to a strong demand for cost effective solutions that support GPS synchronization, an area where we are specialists. GPS Source brings leading-edge technologies and addresses major GPS/GNSS challenges faced by carriers and system integrators.”
The S14GT and S18GT are currently in production and will be available January 2016. A CE Mark approval from the European Notified Body for these two devices will be available afterward.