Patent Number: 7,355,551

Title: Method for a space-efficient GPS receiver

Abstract: In a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, rather than storing both GPS satellite ephemeredes and almanacs to the GPS receiver's on-chip non-volatile memory, storing into the non-volatile memory only the more recent ephemeris or almanac data for each satellite. When an ephemeris expires, the parameters in the ephemeris are converted into corresponding parameters of an almanac. The ephemeris or almanac is used to determine whether a given satellite is visible to the GPS receiver. A method of the present invention allows efficient use of the memory space in the non-volatile memory. A study by the inventors shows that differences in positions and velocities of satellites estimated using aged ephemeris and almanac data associated with the same week number are insignificant.

Inventors: Xie; Gang (Tempe, AZ), Vohra; Rahul (Chandler, AZ), Yuan; Xiang (Chandler, AZ)

Assignee: SiRF Technology, Inc.

International Classification: G01S 5/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-04-08 0:00:00