Conference paper Open Access
Fernández-Prades, Carles; Arribas, Javier; Closas, Pau
The aim of this paper is to trigger a conversation about the assessment, definition of metrics and testing procedures of software-defined GNSS receivers. While the evaluation of traditional (i.e., built on application–specific integrated circuit technology) GNSS receivers is now well–understood, and enjoys both a solid testing industry providing the required equipment and universally agreed figures of merit, the particularities of software–defined radio technologies claim for a more comprehensive approach. In order to account for such a multi–faceted nature, the authors identify sixteen design forces, or dimensions in which a software-defined GNSS can improve. Upon those definitions, a wide list of performance indicators, metrics and procedures are then proposed for each of the identified thrusts. The list can be used as a generative source of ideas when defining key performance indicators in projects, products or services involving a software–defined GNSS receiver.