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The objective of the project is to develop technologies and key components for a hand-held satcom packet data terminal that would operate as an accessory to a PDA. This necessitates a high degree of miniaturisation/integration of components, to an extent not traditionally pursued by the low-volume satcom market.
The key issues addressed in the project are:
There are a number of portable satcom terminals available today that can provide regional or global packet data services. However, they are generally designed for portability rather than true mobility. With the growth in demand for mobile internet access and location-based services, we believe there are market opportunities for a hand-held terminal that enables operation on the move.
Key enablers of ComSine/Giastar's solution are the application of software radio techniques, novel and highly optimised digital/RF architectures, and the rigorous application of low-power miniature components. Interoperability with a wide range of PDAs is achieved through the use of Bluetooth and/or a standard serial connection between the PDA and the PocketSAT unit.
The project is planned to run from January to December 2003 and consists of the following stages: