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GNSS Signal Architect Toolbox

Signal Simulation Tools | Geographical Tools | Satellite Geometry Tools | Receiver Design and Analysis Tools

The GNSS Signal Architect Toolbox includes customized MATLAB-based tools for GPS and GLONASS data analysis and signal processing.

Signal Simulation Tools

The Signal Simulation Tool simulates the effect of GPS and GLONASS satellite signals on a conventional receiver's code and carrier tracking loops. The Toolbox's signal processing simulation architecture includes a truth profile.  The truth profile is used to generate the simulated signals as a function of the signal strength, pseudorange, Doppler, and Doppler-rate.  The receiver profile defines the receiver being simulated and the parameters used by the receiver to process the signals.  The state output from the simulated receiver models the output from an actual receiver experiencing the simulated conditions.  The signal simulation tool can be used as an analysis aid to assist in test and evaluation of receivers beyond the capability of conventional RF signal simulators that do not provide low-level insight into the operation of a receiver. This insight can, in turn, be used to specify key parameters for receivers to optimize their performance in the presence of perturbed environments.

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Geographical Tools

The Toolbox's geographic tools facilitate the transformation of data between the various coordinate systems commonly used in GPS research, such as latitude-longitude-altitude, WGS-84, PZ-90.02, Earth-Centered Earth-Fixed (ECEF), North East Down (NED), and body reference frames. These tools provide the user flexibility in data representation.

Spectrum of Simulated CA and P Code

Spectrum of Simulated CA and P Code

Satellite Geometry Tools

The Toolbox also provides tools to read GPS and GLONASS almanacs, ephemerides, and compute ECEF and line-of-sight vectors to the GNSS satellites as a function of user position and time. The tools can also compute dilution of precision (DOP) values and determine predicted satellite visibility.

Geographical Tools Display Example

Geographical Tools Display Example

Receiver Design and Analysis Tools

The receiver design and analysis tools model different receiver architectures and simulate different error scenarios.  With these tools, a simulation can predict how a receiver will react in different environments, such as urban environments, environments susceptible to multi-path effects, and high-dynamic situations.

The signal simulation flow that is executed when generating a simulation profile is illustrated below. This can be used to generate simulated data sets for playback and analysis by the built-in receiver module within the MATLAB tools. The simulated GPS and GLONASS signals can also be played back into a receiver under test as live digital or RF signals using a GNU radio compatible SDR platform.

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GNSS Signal Architect Toolbox FlowDiagram


For additional information on the GNSS Signal Architect Software Suite and all NAVSYS products, contact:

Debbie Westra
telephone: 866.462.8797 or 719.481.4289