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Performance requirements for analog-to-digital converters in wideband reconfigurable radios
Author(s): David Naughton; Gerard Baldwin; Ronan Farrell
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Paper Abstract

With the current trend towards software defined radio, several candidate architectures for the analog receiver front-end have been presented. A common proposal for software defined reconfigurable radio is to develop a wideband ADC and utilise this for capturing a large segment of the spectrum. This would enable the subsequent signal processing operations of channel selection and data extraction to be carried out by a digital processor. This would allow the radio to be reconfigured by simply changing the software. In analysis of these systems, powerful neighbouring signals, or blockers, are considered but it has been conveniently assumed that suitable dynamic range will be available at the ADC. This is an acceptable assumption in narrowband systems where automatic gain control and analogue channel select filters can be used, but is not appropriate for a wideband system. In this paper we present an analysis based on bit-error-rates (BER) which shows the effect of blockers in a wideband architecture on the performance of the communication link and on the dynamic range requirements of the ADC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5837, VLSI Circuits and Systems II, (30 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.608486
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David Naughton, National Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland)
Gerard Baldwin, National Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland)
Ronan Farrell, National Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5837:
VLSI Circuits and Systems II
Jose Fco. Lopez; Francisco V. Fernandez; Jose Maria Lopez-Villegas; Jose M. de la Rosa, Editor(s)

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