Ashtech Announces the MB 100, Compact Dual Frequency GNSS OEM Board

The most compact dual frequency RTK board ever

Nantes, France, 9th July, 2010 — Ashtech® today announced the MB 100 GNSS Board, the world’s most compact dual frequency RTK OEM board.

Designed for demanding applications, MB 100 is the only RTK capable board designed to address equally well L1 GPS+SBAS standard applications, L1/L2 GPS+SBAS and L1 GPS/GLONASS + SBAS applications in the smallest form factor and power consumption ever. The MB 100 measures 58mm x 56mm x 11mm and uses less than 0.8W of power. The MB 100 features a variety of output messages and data formats for extensive OEM solution interoperability.

Embedded BLADE™ technology secures the best possible measurements from the GPS, GLONASS and SBAS constellations by perfectly mixing multiple observables without compromise between quality and availability. It delivers incredibly robust and dependable GNSS measurements optimally processed to yield amazing field productivity.

The MB 100 may be operated either as a base or a rover and is available in various GNSS modes to match the needs of any customer. All modes are available in the same hardware package and are simply activated by firmware option activation.

In addition, the MB 100 also features two antenna input connectors, with automatic switching between the two antennas for specific applications such as handheld integration.

“When power consumption, size and dependable performance such as raw data quality and/or real-time positioning (SBAS up to RTK) are critical, the new Ashtech MB 100 GNSS board simply delivers”, said Olivier Casabianca, product marketing manager of GNSS Boards & Sensors at Ashtech.

First demonstration units will be available during this summer and volume shipments of the Ashtech MB 100 will begin October, 2010.

About Ashtech
Recognized as an industry innovator, Ashtech (formerly Magellan Professional) has been developing GNSS technology for more than 25 years. Ashtech is the creator of BLADE technology, which introduces a unique patented method to the market using multiple GNSS constellations for high-accuracy positioning. Ashtech has also introduced the MobileMapper® series of products for GIS and mapping, as well as the ProFlex™ 500 and ProMark™ series, including the ProMark 500, ProMark3 RTK and ProMark 3, a well-recognized GNSS Land Survey product line currently on the market. Ashtech S.A.S. is privately held and headquartered in Carquefou, France, with offices in Beijing, China, and Singapore, as well as affiliates in Santa Clara, California (Ashtech LLC) and Moscow (Ashtech A/O LLC). For more information on Ashtech, visit