Application of Digital Signal Processing in USRP Satellite Signal Detection

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The Universal Software Radio Peripheral development technique is designing and implementing radio frequency based systems. The distinctiveness originates from the interchangeable daughterboard within the USRP. The system is designed around the Xilinx Vertex 3 FPGA chip. This means C++, Python, and VHDL can be used to program this device. The project consists of creating a receiver. The objective of the project is to research and comprehend the hardware functionalities of the USRP. The purpose is to create codes in C++ and Python to implement receiving capabilities of the device. The goal of this project was to design a GPS receiver that is capable of recording the L1 signal from a DirecTV satellite. The USRP is used a lot for research. This project consisted of more than just one method. We used GNU Radio Companion and Matlab/Simulink. GNU Radio is open source for building software defined radios. It is also known as GRC. While using GRC the USRP1 was the device used. This software has rapid development. It runs in Ubuntu, a Linux operating system. Within this software there are logic blocks. Each block consists of information to create a flow graph. The flow graph builds and generates the program. Simulink can be compared to GRC. They both have logic blocks that have to be connected to run. Simulink can be used to create a transmitter or a receiver for software radio development and signal processing. Software-defined radio can only be defined if its baseband operations can be completely defined by software. A SDR converts digital to analog signals. The USRP can also convert digital signals from a computer to Radio Frequency Signals (RF). This software is one way to communicate between hardware and software.

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International Journal of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications and Networking, v. 9, issue 2, p. 16-25