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Microminiature radio frequency transmitter for communication and tracking applications
Author(s): Richard I. Crutcher; Mike S. Emery; Kelly G. Falter; C. H. Nowlin; Jim M. Rochelle; Lloyd G. Clonts
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Paper Abstract

A micro-miniature radio frequency (rf) transmitter has been developed and demonstrated by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The objective of the rf transmitter development was to maximize the transmission distance while drastically shrinking the overall transmitter size, including antenna. Based on analysis and testing, an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) with a 16-GHz gallium arsenide (GaAs) oscillator and integrated on-chip antenna was designed and fabricated using microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) technology. Details of the development and the results of various field tests are discussed. The rf transmitter is applicable to covert surveillance and tracking scenarios due to its small size of 2.2 multiplied by 2.2 mm, including the antenna. Additionally, the 16-GHz frequency is well above the operational range of consumer-grade radio scanners, providing a degree of protection from unauthorized interception. Variations of the transmitter design have been demonstrated for tracking and tagging beacons, transmission of digital data, and transmission of real-time analog video from a surveillance camera. Preliminary laboratory measurements indicate adaptability to direct-sequence spread-spectrum transmission, providing a low probability of intercept and/or detection. Concepts related to law enforcement applications are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2938, Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Systems for Law Enforcement, (18 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266740
Show Author Affiliations
Richard I. Crutcher, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Mike S. Emery, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Kelly G. Falter, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
C. H. Nowlin, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Jim M. Rochelle, Univ. of Tennessee (United States)
Lloyd G. Clonts, Univ. of Tennessee (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2938:
Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Systems for Law Enforcement
Edward M. Carapezza; Donald Spector, Editor(s)

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