This is the informations about several events regarding some products synchronized with GPS.
A rollover is expected on the GPS OEM receiver we integrate in our products using the GPS system.
This intrinsic GPS system event may have consequences on your equipment.
Please, find the necessary information below.
Document also available in pdf format here
The Rollover description
The rollover is an inevitable event in the life of a GPS board because a GPS board has a lifecycle of 1024 weeks. At the end of its lifecycle, it resets to its initial time.This rollover date depends on the initial time of the embedded firmware. Therefore, reset dates differ accordingly to manufacturers and models. It is necessary to be well informed about it.
What impact does it have on devices?
If the module resets, the device will not be synchronized anymore and will display the initial date (no changes on time though). The device itself will not be damaged but any other device synchronized on it may display the wrong date and time.
What are the solutions ?
To solve this problem, 3 solutions can be used depending on the device, production dates and solution implementation:1. GPS receiver board update
If your devices have been produced in 2003 or later, they only need to be updated by our technicians or a trained maintenance team. In this case, please contact us in order to do the necessary operations in time.2. Device replacement
In the case of a device made before 2003, update operations are not manageable. The hardware is not compatible with the newest GPS receiver boards. It is needed then to replace all concerned products by new versions. RTB GPS with the reference 4028/xx must be changed quickly.3. Holdover mode
In order to ease the transition, it is possible to use a temporary solution to the rollover. It is indeed possible to keep your devices a few days in holdover. Before the reset that will occur you need to unplug the synchronization source (antenna). The device will keep running on its internal time base. The device will not be synchronized anymore but will keep running. Careful though, the drift on some devices is about a second a day. This solution must not stay permanently.
The Rollover schedule
You can find some information on the product. All products have a sticker at the back with at least this information:
The detailed schedule
Warning for Motorola chip: the date written on the chip is probably not the firmware date.
* : for Motorola chip we don’t have information from the provider that allows us to communicate on real rollover dates. Tests are running but not giving expected results now. We consider it is anyway better to upgrade or change the obsolete product.
The previous tab in this document has been deleted because dates were probably not accurate. Tests are running to identify the date associated to the Motorola serial number.
We accept that the customer open the products for all the units produced before February 2004.
For more information or demands, please contact us, we will be pleased to help you:
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