
Working Papers • January/February 2012
Optimal Aligning of the Sums of GNSS Navigation SignalsTwo or more modernized GNSS signals transmitted on the same carrier produce varying amplitudes that reduce the power amplifier efficiency and results in the need for aligning the group signal amplitude. In this column, two Russian signals experts introduce a new symmetrized signals class that enables significant reductions in the loss factor created during this amplitude alignment compared to existing methods. The authors also propose optimal combinations of three and four signals when exploiting multiple GNSS systems and offer a design for GLONASS L3 and L5 signals based on this analysis.
Share via: Slashdot Technorati Twitter Facebook Working Papers explore the technical and scientific themes that underpin GNSS programs and applications. This regular column is coordinated by Prof. Dr.Ing. Günter Hein, head of Europe's Galileo Operations and Evolution. The theory of optimal alignment of GNSS navigation signals is evolving. While current GNSS efforts assume signals to be on only one carrier frequency, varying amplitudes of more than two signals can greatly reduce system efficiency. Alignment of these amplitudes can reduce system losses provided that the best signal combination is chosen. This column reviews applicable alignment methods and proposes a new methodology for selecting the optimal signal combination. GNSS current development assumes the broadcasting of a set of binary navigation signals on one carrier frequency. The sum of two or more signals has varying amplitude that reduces the power amplifier efficiency. This effect results in the need for aligning the group signal amplitude. This article presents the comparison of optimal aligning with other wellknown alignment methods (such as alternate binary offset carrier —AltBOC — or interplex modulation) and includes an overview of signal alignment methods. The discussion will introduce a new symmetrized signals class, ensuring significant reductions in the aligning loss factor, is introduced. For instance, use of interplex modulation for three equipollent binary phase signals results in 25 percent power loss, while optimal aligning with symmetrization provides for only 12.7 percent loss. The use of optimal aligning for four signals yields a loss of 14.64 percent. The article also describes our methodology for choosing the best signal combination. As an example, optimal combinations of three and four signals were discovered. Further, it also proposes design for GLONASS L3 and L5 signals based on summarizing the AltBOC signal.
Introduction See Equation (1) (inset photo, above right) where θ_{i}(t) = ±1, are the binary code sequences. Meanwhile, if we have arbitrary binary signals, θ_{1}(t) and θ_{2}(t), the amplitude of the composite signal is kept constant: See Equation (2) (inset photo, above right) and only the phase of the composite signal changes. This is a particularly important property for the efficient operation of the power output satellitesignal amplifier. Efficiency of this amplifier in linear mode, which is necessary for signal amplification with variable amplitude, suddenly decreases in comparison with the saturation mode where signal amplification with a constant amplitude is possible. In further GNSS development, the necessity of structural enhancement of the signals transmitted on the same carrier arose. New and more effective modulation types were created. Use of signal division for open and authorizedaccess transmissions on pilot and data components was suggested to provide increased interference immunity of the user equipment (UE). For the purpose of maintaining the operability of earlier UE models (“backwards compatibility”), the emission of “legacy” signals must be continued invariably for a long time. This all requires the emission of more than two binary signals on one carrier frequency. However, the sum of more than two independent binary composite signals has a variable amplitude. The different means of alignment of the amplitude leads to different energy losses and introduces the possibility of mutual interference between the components of the composite signal. Hence, the need arose to find optimal methods for the sum alignment of binary complex signals. The first task is providing minimum energy losses. The second task is researching the value of possible mutual interferences and possible power redistribution between the component signals of the sum. An obvious solution to sum alignment task for new signals consists of the application of their timedivision multiplex. Such decisions are already applied in the current GLONASS system and GPS L2C signals. In this case, energy losses on alignment equal zero. However, the timedivision multiplex has a number of essential faults. Timedivision multiplex cannot be applied for augmentation of the legacy signals’ structure, and we cannot augment the signals generated on the basis of timedivision multiplex in the future. For this reason, in this work we consider the alignment methods of binary composite signals other than timedivision multiplex.
Review of Current Alignment Methods . . . The interplex method α_{1} = α_{2} = α_{3} = 1 for is illustrated with the fourth part of the vector diagram, where θ_{1}(t) = θ_{2}(t) and θ_{3}(t) = ±1. The remaining three parts of the diagram are situated symmetrically. In Figure 1, thick lines show the sum vector, S_{Σ}(t), for the cases when θ_{3}(t) = ±1. The dotted lines identify the vectors of the leveling signal e(t), also for the cases when θ_{3}(t)=±1. The amplitude of the alignment sum S_{out}(t), equals two and the directions along axis I and Q take equal parts of time. This fact proves that signal amplitudes at the outputs of navigation receiver correlators under the action of sum alignment, S_{out}(t), will be equal to its input. . . . AltBOC modulation was developed for the transfer of two independent pairs of orthogonal binary signals, located on close carrier frequencies, via common antenna. If we amplify these signals separately, we should carry out bandpass filtering of each one before their integration for emission. Due to the closeness of carrier frequencies, such a filtration leads to inadmissible distortions in emitted signals. These distortions are removed by means of common signal generation from two independent signals followed by signal amplification in one power amplifier. This option provides the necessary common signal alignment. . . . The foregoing review demonstrates the unsatisfactory status of sum alignment theory of navigation signals in GNSS. The various alignment methods do not have a common theoretical basis and have been developed by the designers based on an intuitive approach. Alignment principles serving as the basis of AltBOC modulation remain unclear. Synthesis of Alignment Methods Based on LCA Minimum Criterion . . . Clearly, then, only the relative correlation between amplitudes S_{Σ}(t) and S_{al}(t) is important and not the absolute value of the amplitude С of the aligned signal. For this reason, we will take on a value C_{opt} = 1. With this proviso, we have proved a very simple, but not quite expected result: generation of the optimally aligned composite signal is carried out by means of a simple and well known procedure of tight restriction of the composite signal . . . . . . We would like to note that if the earlier input minimum criterion of LCA is added to the requirement of equality of correlator outputs of the navigation receiver, then the method of optimum alignment changes considerably. For example, with a numerical search method, the optimal alignment of a threecomponent sum of signals is determined to be {ψ_{i}} = {0,0,π/2} based on the criterion of minimum coefficient of losses and equivalence of correlator outputs of navigation receivers, which leads to phase values of the composite signal {φ_{i}} = {0,π/2}. In such a case, we reach minimum LCA which equals 0.25. This exactly corresponds to alignment with the interplex modulation method wherein the vectors’ phases of the composite signal, S_{Σ}(t), are changed. Effect of Optimally Aligned Composite Signal on Receiver Correlators . . . we can see that value of correlator outputs from navigation receivers under the effect of the composite signal S_{al}(t) at the input equals the sum of outputs of the same correlators under the effect of the misaligned composite signal S_{Σ}(t) at the same input. This condition is only exactly correct for the sum of the inputs and in the general case is not correct for the output of each separate correlator. Next we will consider the socalled symmetric signals with the optimal alignment that keeps constant not only the sum of correlator outputs but also the outputs of each correlator. Symmetrical Sums of Binary Composite Signals . . . at the outputs of correlators in the case of the influence of an optimally aligned symmetrical sum, we receive the same value as in the case of influence for a nonaligned sum, S_{Σ}(t). This property of the symmetrically aligned sums of signals generally is not incident to arbitrary asymmetrically aligned sums with signal power rescheduling at the outputs of correlators corresponding to components of the sum. In a later section, we consider the method of construction of the symmetric sums of signals (symmetrization method) from any asymmetrical sums. The symmetrical sums of composite binary signals with optimal alignment represent the signals with phase modulation. Therefore, for convenience later on, we will refer to these as multicomponent signals with phase modulation (MSPM). Examples of Symmetrical Sums of Complex Binary Signals . . . The considered examples of three and fourcomponent MSPM signals show how to construct five, six, etc., component MSPM signals.
Symmetrization Method of Arbitrary Sum Signals . . . Unfortunately, the permutation of component signals between the quadratures assumed in the symmetrization method is impossible for existing GNSS signals, and in the general case for the users it is equivalent to changing a signal with twophase modulation (BPSK) to a signal with fourphase modulation (QPSK). A later section considers from a GNSS user’s perspective the particular variants of symmetrization that are not brought to such modification of two or three signals. . . .
Optimal Phases for MultiComponent Signal Sums Using Minimum LCA Criterion . . . Synthesis of AltBOC Signal . . . For the prospective signals L3 and L5 in the GLONASS system, we propose frequencies that are equal to 1175 f_{b} and 1150 f_{b} (f_{b} = 1.023 MHz), respectively, and we also apply twocomponent signals with symbol duration of ranging code τ = 1/10f_{b}. The application of the AltBOC signal with its symmetrical subcarriers is assumed to generate the carrier on f_{0}=1162.5 f_{b} frequency. Such a value is inconvenient for the frequency synthesizer and gives rise to increasing phase noise within that system element. . . .
Alignment of ThreeComponent Signal . . .
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