Design an Adjustable Narrow Correlator to Track GPS Signals

  • Ali Albu-Rghaif Department of Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Diyala, Mail Box No. 1, College of Engineering Branch, Ba’quba Mail Office, Diyala, Iraq
  • Saad A. Salman Department of Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Diyala, Mail Box No. 1, College of Engineering Branch, Ba’quba Mail Office, Diyala, Iraq
  • Haider Ali Jasim Alshamary Department of Communication Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Diyala, Mail Box No. 1, College of Engineering Branch, Ba’quba Mail Office, Diyala, Iraq

Abstract

Multipath signals problem is still the main challenge for the global positioning system (GPS) receiver to obtain an accurate localization measurement. However, many techniques have been developed to mitigate the impact of these undesired signals at the expense of adding a burden to the GPS receiver design. Even though, none of the techniques in the works of literature was able to solve the loose signal lock issue efficiently. In this piece of work, we used a new approach to maintain the tracking synchronization when the receiver moves from outdoors to indoors /harsh environment. We design a dynamic narrow correlator in the delay lock loop, which made the space between the early and late correlators adjusted according to the receiver’s location. Consequently, this will enable the receiver to keep tracking the received GPS signal in a challenging environment and reduce the thrashing the available resources (power/processing) to acquire the GPS signal again. The results show that the ranging error has been reduced in comparison with a traditional narrow correlator, as well as the bit transition in the in-phase arm has been also maintained.

Keywords: tracking GPS signal, adjustable narrow correlator, early-late space
Published online
2019-07-09
How to Cite
Albu-Rghaif, A., Salman, S. and Alshamary, H. (2019) “Design an Adjustable Narrow Correlator to Track GPS Signals”, Periodica Polytechnica Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 63(4), pp. 312-319. doi: https://doi.org/10.3311/PPee.13570.
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