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Performance of new BOCAWmodulated signals for GNSS system
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking volume 2013, Article number: 124 (2013)
Abstract
In this paper, we propose efficient signal waveforms (WFs) with optimized spectrum for multipath (MP) mitigation and jamming reduction in global navigation satellite system. These WFs are based on the use of sinephased binary offset carrier (BOC) with adjustable width (BOCAW). They are generated by adjusting the width of the threelevel WF {1, 0, 1}. By exploiting the threelevel BOCAW subcarriers in sinephasing signal model, we developed several forms of BOCAW by means of superposition and width adjustment. The resulting power spectral densities and autocorrelation functions of the proposed WFs were calculated and introduced. Also calculated were the spectral separation coefficients (SSCs) and the CramérRao lower bounds (CRLBs). The SSCs and CRLBs prove the efficiency of the proposed WFs in terms of interference separation. In addition, the simulation results show that the proposed WFs present better performances in MP mitigation compared to the WFs adopted by the Galileo and global positioning system modernization.
Introduction
The binary offset carrier (BOC) modulation represents a serious candidate for global navigation satellite system (GNSS), especially for future global positioning system (GPS). Proposed by [1], the BOC modulation has several advantages compared to the traditional binary phase shift keying (BPSK), such as good spectral efficiency, high accuracy, enhanced multipath (MP) resolution [2], and better antijamming performances [3]. Other forms of modulation derived from the BOC concept are also used for new GPS and Galileo systems, such as quaternary phase shift keying modulation in L5 GPS signals [4], alternative BOC modulation in E5 Galileo signals [4], multiplexed BOC (MBOC) modulation with composite BOC (CBOC) implementation for Galileo, and timemultiplexed BOC (TMBOC) implementation for future GPS L1C [5]. Although these modulations are an important innovation for GNSS systems, there are other modulations of great interest, such as binary coded symbol (BCS) modulation [6, 7], composite binary coded symbols (CBCS) modulation [7], quadrature multiplexed BOC modulation [8], minimum shift keying BOC modulation [9], multilevel subcarrier modulation specifically for threelevel or tertiary offset carrier (TOC) subcarrier modulation and fivelevel signals or 8PSK subcarrier modulation [9, 10], and mPSK BOC modulation [11]. The 8PSK signals achieve mostly better performances at lower bandwidth than comparable signal types. The effort to search for new signal waveforms (WFs) for navigation continues in order to propose a WF that has lower levels of interference with existing signals with an insurance of better performances in terms of MP mitigation and jamming reduction. In this paper, we propose efficient WFs for GNSS system which are labeled as sinephased binary offset carrier with adjustable width (BOCAW). These WFs are threelevel (1, 0, 1) and based on the sinephased BOC concept with adjustable pulse width within each subcarrier half cycle. A judicious choice of the pulse widths of the BOCAW general mathematical model provides the general types of BOC and TOC WFs. The purpose of the proposed WFs is to eliminate components of the side lobes near the main lobe and at the same time increase the other side lobes of higher frequencies (far away from the main lobe) in order to get better performance in terms of MP and interference mitigation. Indeed, the autocorrelation function (ACF) of the proposed BOCAW(p,q,α^{(M)}) modulation presents a sharper main peak due to the larger number of transitions of the signal in the chip interval, which obviously corresponds to a greater slope of the discrimination function, allowing a reduction of MP effect. Also, BOCAW modulations show better performances than BOC(p,p) and BOC(p,1) modulations for p > > 1 with regard to the receiving band. Moreover, both latter modulations have inconveniences. In fact, BOC(p,q) WFs (q > > 1) need the use of several generator polynomials in contrast to the case where q = 1, which uses only two generator polynomials. Also, it has been found that the tracking loop design for BOC(p,1) with p > > 1 may be more problematic than for BOC(1,1), especially with the conventional delay locked loop (DLL) algorithm with a narrow correlator. In effect, the BOC(p,1) ACFs with p > > 1, in contrast to that of BOC(1,1) modulation, produce several side peaks which complicate the DLL locking operation. The proposed WFs present also a better spectral separation and MP mitigation. Furthermore, they have better resistance against noise and jammer, and they can be used in conjunction with other MP mitigation techniques [12–15] for performance improvement.
This paper is organized as follows: firstly, we present the concept and the properties of BOCAWmodulated WFs. Secondly, a general expression of the theoretical ACF and power spectral density (PSD) of BOCAW WFs are presented. We present also the influence of pulse width adjustment on the structure of BOCAW WF PSDs in comparison with their influence on that of BOC WF PSDs. Finally, the main performances of these proposed WFs are discussed and compared with the existing BOC and MBOC ones.
Proposed WFS and their properties
BOC is a square WF subcarrier modulation, where a signal s(t) (the signal which is going to be modulated) is multiplied by a square WF subcarrier of frequency f_{ s }. Formally, the BOCmodulated signal s_{BOC}(t) can be written as the product of s(t) and sign(sin(2πf_{ s }t)) [1, 2].
For GNSS signals, the notation BOC(p,q) is used, where p and q are two indices satisfying the relationships
and
where f_{ c } is the chip rate of s(t).
The proposed BOCAW subcarriers are threelevel (1, 0, 1) WFs with greater number of pulses in each subcarrier half cycle compared to the BOC(1,1), TOC, and MBOC ones. The spreading signal in BOCAW can be expressed as follows:
for n (equal 2p/q) even, and
for n odd, where T_{ s } is the half period of the subcarrier, n is the number of half period T_{ s } during one code chip period T_{ c }, C_{ k } is the k^{ith} chip of the PRN code with frequency f_{c}, s_{BOCAW(p,q,α}^{(M)}_{)}(t) is the proposed subcarrier WF with parameters f_{ s }, f_{ c }, and α^{(M)} with α^{(M)} = [α_{1}, α_{2},…, α_{ M }], 0 ≤ α_{1} < α_{2} < … < α_{M} ≤ 1, and M = {2, 4, 6}. It can be given as
P_{l,i} (t) is a square WF given as
The forms of s_{BOCAW(p,q,α}^{(M)}_{)}(t) derived from the general model in Equation 3 for the different values of M and with judicious choice of α^{(M)} are illustrated in Figure 1.
The expression of BOC(p,q) subcarrier used in Galileo and modernized GPS can be obtained easily from Equation 3 (corresponding to our proposed WFs) with M = 2 and α^{(2)} = [α_{1} = 0, α_{2} = 1] (see Figure 1a). Similarly, the expression of TOC(p,q,α) [9, 10] can also be determined from the same equation with M = 2 and α^{(2)} = [α_{1} = α, α_{2} = 1] (see Figure 1b).
As mentioned before, the BOCAW WFs depend on several parameters. In order to get the optimization of the GNSS receiver performances in terms of noise, MP, and jamming reduction, a judicious choice of those parameters is needed. The most advantageous WFs are selected according to the PSD distribution over the frequency range, as we are going to see in the next section. An example of three WFs is illustrated in Figure 1 (see Figure 1c,d,e). The WF of BOCAW(p,q,α^{(4)}) (Figure 1d) can be determined by the superposition of two WFs of BOCAW(p,q,α^{(2)}) (Figure 1c), one being defined by the factors α_{1} and α_{2} and the other by α_{3} and α_{4} = 1. Finally, BOCAW(p,q,α^{(6)}) WF (Figure 1e) can be regarded as the superposition of the three WFs of BOCAW(p,q,α^{(2)}) defined respectively by the pairs (α_{1}, α_{2}), (α_{ 3 }, α_{4}), and (α_{5}, α_{6} = 1).
The BOCAW WFS PSDs
Under the assumption that all the symbols are statistically independent and equally probable, the PSDs of BOCAW WFs with antipolar binary code sequence can be established as follows:
where S_{BOCAW(p,q,α}^{(M)}_{)}(f) is the Fourier transform of s_{BOCAW(p,q,α}^{(M)}_{)}(t). The ‘Appendix’ shows the computation details of the PSDs of BOCAW WFs which are given as follows:
for n even and
for n odd.
In Equations 6 and 7, α′ indicates the active time where the signal adopts the values 1 and 1, and it is given as
where 0 < α^{′} ≤ 1.
For M = 2 and α^{(2)} = [α_{1} = 0, α_{2} = 1], Equations 6 and 7 become
for n even and
for n odd.
The resultant expressions (9) and (10) correspond to those of BOC(p,q) PSDs. Similarly, the PSD of TOC(p,q,α) is also obtained from Equations 6 and 7, with M = 2, α^{(2)} = [α_{1} = α,α_{2} = 1], and α^{′} = 1  α. It is given as [7, 8] as follows:
for n even and
for n odd.
The sinephased BOC(p,p) signal is characterized by f_{ s } = f_{ c } = p × 1.023 MHz and n = 2. For n even, the difference between the PSD of BOCAW in Equation 6 and the PSD of BOC(p,p) in Equation 9 lies in the sine functions that contain the α^{(M)} factors.
The aim is to use these functions to remove, by a judicious choice of the α^{(M)} factors, some components of frequencies f = kf_{ s } in the PSD of BOC(p,p), more precisely those corresponding to the maxima of secondary lobes (3f_{ s }, 5f_{ s }, 9f_{ s }…) that are nearer the principal lobes. Thus, we force the reduced power to be translated towards higher frequencies, which causes a positive impact on GNSS receiver performances.
To remove the frequency components kf_{ s } in the PSD of BOCAW WFs, we solve the following equations:
which for k odd can be further simplified to
Depending on the values of M and α^{(M)}, four cases can be considered.
Case 1: M = 2, 0 < α_{1} < 1, and α_{2} = 1
For this case, we find the TOC signal (Figure 1b) and a system of equations given by
This system admits only one solution, which means that we can delete only one frequency component. Figure 2 shows that the PSD of TOC(1,1, α_{1} = 1/3) presents a similar spectral density to that of BOC(1,1) but introduces additional zeros at 3f_{ s }, 9f_{ s }, 15f_{ s }, 21f_{ s }….
Case 2: M = 2 and 0 < α_{1} < α_{2} < 1
This case permits determination and elimination of the terms of both frequencies k_{1}f_{ s } and k_{2}f_{ s } by solving the following system of equations:
The solution shows that the exact values of α_{ 1 } and α_{ 2 } are obtained when k_{ 1 } = 3 and k_{ 2 } = 7.
Figure 3 shows the PSD of both BOC(1,1) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) modulations with α_{1} = 7.62/20 and α_{2} = 19.05/20. Note that the PSD of BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) introduces additional zeros at 3f_{ s } and 7f_{ s } and strengthens the other components of the PSD.
Case 3: M = 4 and 0 < α_{1} < α_{2} < α_{3} < α_{4} = 1
This case corresponds to BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) WF (Figure 1d). This WF is defined by four factors, α_{1}, α_{2}, α_{3}, and α_{4} = 1, whose judicious choice eliminates the frequency components 3f_{ s }, 5f_{ s }, and 7f_{ s } in the BOC(p,p) PSD.
In order to delete three frequency components that correspond to k_{1}, k_{2}, and k_{3}, the three values α_{1}, α_{2}, and α_{3} must be found by solving the following system of equations:
Figure 4 shows the BOC(1,1) and the resulting BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) PSDs. Note that the PSD of BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) compared to that of BOC(1,1) introduces additional zeros at 3f_{ s }, 5f_{ s }, and 7f_{ s } and increases power at higher frequencies.
Case 4: M = 6 and 0 < α_{1} < α_{2} < α_{3} < α_{4} < α_{5} < α_{6} = 1
This last case represents the BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) WF (Figure 1e) with six factors, α^{(6)}. BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) is used with a judicious choice of factors, α^{(6)}, to delete five frequency components (3f_{ s }, 5f_{ s }, 7f_{ s }, 9f_{ s }, and 11f_{ s }) in BOC(1,1) PSD.
To do this, we must solve the system of equations given asfor k = k_{1}, …, k_{5}.
Figure 5 shows the BOC(1,1) and the resulting BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) PSDs. Note that the PSD of BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) compared to that of BOC(1,1) introduces additional zeros at 3f_{ s }, 5f_{ s }, 7f_{ s }, 9f_{ s }, and 11f_{ s } and increases power at higher frequencies. Figure 6 shows the ACFs of different BOCAW versions and BOC modulations.
It is clear that the ACFs of BOCAW yield sharper peaks with respect to that of BOC(1,1). This causes an improvement of the code tracking performance, as we are going to see in the last part of this paper.
Noiseinduced code tracking error
The CramérRao lower bound (CRLB) is the lower bound of the root mean square error (RMSE) for any estimate of a nonrandom parameter. The CRLB can be expressed as [9, 15]
where B_{ L } refers to the loop bandwidth of the code tracking loop, C/N_{0} is the carriertonoise ratio, and R^{″}_{ ss }(τ) and G_{ s }(f) are respectively the ACF and the PSD of the signal. In order to understand how the code tracking noise behaves for the set of modulations considered in this paper, we present in Figures 7, 8, 9 the CRLB using respectively 5, 12, and 24 MHz receiving bandwidths (doublesided) and B_{ L } = 0.2 Hz.
Figure 7 shows that the proposed BOCAW modulations, with 5 MHz bandwidth, provide a much better code tracking accuracy than TMBOC(6,1,4/33), CBOC(6,1,1/11) pilot, CBCS([1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1],1,20%), and BOC(1,1) modulations. As we can recognize in Figure 8, for 12 MHz receiving bandwidth, the best performance is given by CBCS([1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1],1,20%), followed by BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}), whereas all other modulations clearly outperform BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}).
Figure 9 shows that the proposed modulations BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) with 24 MHz bandwidth provide the best code tracking accuracy. However, all other modulations clearly outperform BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}).
RMS bandwidth and cumulative PSDs
The root mean square bandwidth (RMSB) can also be seen as another way of interpreting the CRLB or as the Gabor bandwidth of a signal [9]. The RMSB can be expressed as [1, 9]
where {\overline{G}}_{s}\left(f\right) is the normalized PSD over receiver frontend bandwidth B_{ r }.
Figures 10 and 11 show respectively the RMSB and the cumulative normalized PSDs of different modulations. As we can notice, for the 24 MHz receiving bandwidth, the RMSBs of BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) are much greater than that of any other modulation, while the RMSB of BOCAW(2,α^{(6)}) is the smallest. Ninety percent of the BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) power is reached within a frequency band less than 12 MHz. This is approximately the same case for CBCS([1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1],1,20%) modulation. Nevertheless, 90% of both TMBOC(6,1,4/33) and CBOC(6,1,1/11) powers is situated in a frequency band greater than 12 MHz. The bandwidths including 90% of the BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) powers are much wider than those including that of BOC(1,1), CBCS([1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1],1,20%), TMBOC(6,1,4/33), and CBOC(6,1,1/11) powers.
Figure 12 shows the RMSBs of BOC(2,2), BOC(2,1), and BOCAW(2,1,α^{(2)}) modulations with p = 2 and q = 1. As we can recognize, for 5, 12, and 24 MHz receiving bandwidths, the RMSB of BOCAW(2,1,α^{(2)}) modulation is much greater than those of BOC(2,2) and BOC(2,1) modulations.
Spectral separation coefficient
SSC is a very important tool to design a new signal with better relevance for coexistence with GNSS signals in the same frequency band. In fact, the SSC concept provides a measure of the noise power output from a receiver when certain signals, with given spectra, are incident at its input. This shows that the fundamental measure is a cross PSD [10, 16].
The SSC between desired signal and interfering signal can be expressed as [1]
where B_{ r } is the receiver frontend filter bandwidth, and G_{ s }(f) and G_{ i }(f) are respectively the normalized PSD of the desired signal and interfering signal. In Table 1, several SSC results are given for the case of infinite transmission bandwidth and a 24 MHz receiver bandwidth.
As we can recognize from this table, the BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) WF presents better spectral separation with the GNSS WFs E1/L1. For example, the SSC for BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) with GPS coarse acquisition (C/A) code is 0.5 dB higher than that for BOC(1,1) with the same code. BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) WFs present less spectral overlapping with GPS P(Y), GPS C/A, GPS L1C, and Galileo E1 open service (OS) WFs. Also, the SSCs for BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) with GPS C/A code are respectively 0.48 and 0.27 dB higher than that for BOC(1,1) with the same code. However, the SSCs for BOC(1,1) WF with GPS M code and with Galileo E1 public regulated service (PRS) are respectively higher than those for BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) with GPS M code and with Galileo E1 PRS.
Real implementation of the proposed waveforms
In reality, difficulty exists when directly applying the original WFs in the GNSS system. It is mainly due to the use of threelevel WFs, including a zero level. In fact, this may lead to large power fluctuations of the radio frequency (RF) signal, which is a highly undesirable feature and represents a limitation in the practicality of our method. To overcome this problem, the proposed WFs were time multiplexed with BOC(Mp,p) WFs. As a result, the zero transitions in BOCAW WFs are occupied by a BOC(Mp,p) WF. These optimized BOCAW (OBOCAW) WFs are a constant envelope and bring another important quantity of energy at high frequencies that is added to that brought by the proposed original ones. This combination can be given as follows:
OBOCAW(p,p,α^{(2)}), OBOCAW(p,p,α^{(4)}), and OBOCAW(p,p,α^{(6)}) are shown respectively at the top, middle, and bottom of Figure 13.
The ACFs of both the BOC(1,1) and OBOCAW(p,p,α^{(M)}) WFs are illustrated in Figure 14. As illustrated in Figure 14, by performing this combination, a much sharper correlation peak can be achieved in practice. In addition, the resulting ACFs present side peaks with smaller levels compared to the BOC(1,1) ones. This will cause a small perturbation at the DLL in terms of ambiguity, and thus it will present the best performances in positioning the receiver, as we are going to see in the last part of this paper.
Simulation results
Simulations were conducted to test the performances of the proposed WFs. For this reason, three situations were presented.
In the first situation, 11 schemes have been simulated. The first five were based respectively on BOC(1,1), CBOC, TMBOC, TOC, and CBCS WFs. The last six schemes were based on our proposed WFs with BOCAW configuration (BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}), BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}), and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)})) and with OBOCAW configuration (OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}), OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}), and OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)})). In this first situation, we consider MP channel constructed with a lineofsight (LOS) signal and a single reflected signal. Three different values of the precorrelation bandwidth were chosen (5, 12, and 24 MHz) to estimate the MP error envelopes of all 11 schemes. The MP signal has an amplitude of 0.5 and is varied in delay from 0 to 450 m with respect to the LOS delay. The MP error envelopes, which are calculated at the maximum points (when the MP signal is at 0° ‘in phase’ or 180° ‘out of phase’ with respect to the LOS) are used to calculate the running average errors. The principle of this consists in calculating the absolute envelope values and their cumulative sum with the aim of computing the average running errors. The norm used herein is that used in reference [17]. The results, for the different bandlimited ACFs, are shown in Figures 15, 16, 17.
As exposed in Figure 15, which corresponds to 5 MHz precorrelation bandwidth, the running average errors of the scheme based on our proposed WFs decrease toward small values from a delay which is greater than approximately 150 m with respect to the LOS. BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}), BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}), and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) show the best performances for all MP delays greater than 125 m except for MP delays between 170 and 250 m where the best performances are given by the CBCS scheme. OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}), OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}), OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}), TOC, CBOC, BOC(1,1), and TMBOC have similar performances for MP delays greater than approximately 200 m and present the worst schemes for MP delays in that range. However, for MP delays between 150 and 200 m, it is the OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) which represents the worst performances followed by OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}). This can be explained by the fact that the DSPs of our proposed BOCAW WFs present the largest principal lobes. Also, the performance degradation of the OBOCAW WFs is due to the fact that their enhanced frequency components lie outside the 5 MHz precorrelation bandwidth.
In Figure 16 where the precorrelation bandwidth is chosen equal to 12 MHz, both BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) WFs present the worst performances while BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) performs better than all the modulation schemes except for OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) and CBCS. OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) and CBCS show almost the same performances for delay values below 60 m, while OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) performs better for delay values greater than 60 m. Finally, it should be noted that OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) and OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) WF performances are between those of CBOC and TMBOC.
In Figure 17, which corresponds to a 24 MHz precorrelation bandwidth, the OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) WFs present the best performances for all the band of variations of the MP delay with a maximum error of approximately 1.8 m. The latter is followed by OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) which gives the best performances than all the remaining schemes for delays greater than approximately 30 m. For delays greater than approximately 60 m, OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) shows better performances than all the remaining WFs. Besides, BOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) and BOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) performances are close to those of CBCS, TMBOC, and CBOC and better than those of TOC and BOC(1,1) WFs. BOCAW(1,1,α^{(6)}) presents the worst case.
In addition to the MP perturbation, another limitation exists, which is the presence of noise. To test the robustness of our proposed WFs visàvis the noise, we present the second situation. For this, all the previous schemes are firstly simulated. Then a comparison is accomplished between their code tracking RMSEs for three different values of the precorrelation bandwidth (5, 12, and 24 MHz). The results are shown respectively in Figures 18, 19, 20.
The RMSEs are represented versus signaltonoise ratio (SNR) which varies from 35 to 20 dB. The SNR is defined as the (C/N_{0}) divided by the RF signal bandwidth.
In Figure 18, corresponding to 5 MHz precorrelation bandwidth, the RMSEs of all our WFs approach those of all the other WFs. In Figure 19, we observe that for a 12 MHz precorrelation bandwidth, the OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) together with the CBCS WF shows the best performances regardless of the SNR value. For the 24 MHz precorrelation bandwidth, as shown in Figure 20, OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) and OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) present the smallest RMSEs in comparison with the other WFs, which shows their robustness concerning the noise and the efficiency of our proposed waveforms. OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(4)}) presents the same RMSE with that of CBCS.
The final situation is realized to compare the RMSEs of our OBOCAW WFs with those of BOC(15,2.5) WF which has a high modulation order and lies in the same frequency band. The simulation results for 5, 12, and 24 MHz are given respectively in Figures 21, 22 and 23. As shown in these figures, our WFs present the best performances visàvis the noise. This result is valid for all precorrelation bandwidth values.
Conclusions
In this paper, efficient WFs for MP mitigation and interference reduction in GNSS system are proposed. For this purpose, both BOCAW and OBOCAW WF configurations were presented and compared to the existing BOC WFs. BOCAW WFs, although they present better performances than BOC ones, might suffer from power fluctuations caused by zero level. However, this problem is completely resolved by using OBOCAW WFs. Besides, due to their ACF forms, OBOCAW WFs are shown to have superior performance improvement in terms of MP error and delay variation band reduction. Among these, the OBOCAW(1,1,α^{(2)}) WF is found to be undoubtedly the best. In addition, the proposed WFs present better resistance to noise and jamming due to their DSP distributions which present important quantities of power at high frequencies. Moreover, the scheme with these WFs works for both short/long and weak/strong MP.
Appendix
Calculation of BOCAW PSD
Accepting the assumption given above, the PSD of the BOCAW signal is given by
where S_{BOCAW(p,q,α}^{(M)}_{)}(f) is the Fourier transform of subcarrier WF s_{BOCAW(p,q,α}^{(M)}_{)}(t).
In Equation 3, the Fourier transform of {\displaystyle \sum _{i=0}^{1}{p}_{l,\mathrm{i}}\left(tm{T}_{s}\right)} is given as
Thus, the Fourier transform of the spreading symbol s_{BOCAW(p,q,α}^{(M)}_{)}(t) is given as follows:
The summation {\displaystyle \sum _{\mathrm{m}=0}^{\mathrm{n}1}{\left(1\right)}^{\mathrm{m}}{\mathrm{e}}^{\mathrm{j}2\mathrm{\pi fm}{\mathrm{T}}_{\mathrm{s}}}} in Equation 25 is given by [1]
for n even.
Substitution of Equation 26 into Equation 25 yields
and
for n odd.
Substitution of Equation 28 into Equation 25, yields
Finally, the PSD for the BOCAW signal is given as
for n even and
for n odd, where α′ indicates the active time where the signal adopts the values {1, 1}, and it is given as
Abbreviations
 ACF:

autocorrelation function
 BCS:

binary coded symbol
 BOC:

binary offset carrier
 BOCAW:

binary offset carrier with adjustable width
 BPSK:

binary phase shift keying
 C/A:

coarse acquisition
 CBCS:

composite binary coded symbols
 CBOC:

composite BOC
 CRLB:

CramérRao lower bound
 DLL:

delay locked loop
 GNSS:

global navigation satellite systems
 GPS:

global positioning system
 LOS:

line of sight
 MBOC:

multiplexed BOC
 MP:

multipath
 OBOCAW:

optimized BOCAW
 PRS:

public regulated service
 PSD:

power spectral density
 RMSEs:

root mean square errors
 SNR:

signaltonoise ratio
 SSC:

spectral separation coefficient
 TOC:

tertiary offset carrier
 WF:

waveform.
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Flissi, M., Rouabah, K., Chikouche, D. et al. Performance of new BOCAWmodulated signals for GNSS system. J Wireless Com Network 2013, 124 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/168714992013124
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