ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 5655 Communication System Design


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ECE 5655 Communication System Design (3C)

5655: Physical concepts and practical topics providing tools to calculate carrier-to-noise ratio in communication systems are discussed, including: noise processes, polarization topics, atmospheric propagation, receiver components, antennas, system calculation, and case studies.

What is the reason for this course?

EE 5655 includes many items necessary for signal power and noise power budget calculations, thus permitting determination of carrier-to-noise ratio. EE 5656 introduces techniques necessary for the design of sophisticated satellite communication systems. These courses are a conversion of EE 6601 and 6602 from the quarter system.

Typically offered: Fall. Program Area: Communications.

Prerequisites: Corequisite: 5105.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

EE 5655 is a system level course drawing on many topics. A knowledge of electromagnetic fields (EE 5105) is necessary. EE 4634 is an introduction to analog and digital communications. It constitutes the background knowledge needed for advanced material in EE 5656.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
    The objective of EE 5655 is to fill in the background of students sufficiently that carrier-to-noise ratios can be calculated for a wide variety of communication systems. Emphasis is on modeling of physical processes in actual hardware and channels. Topics such as noise processes, propagation effects, and polarization are treated in depth. Case studies provide illustrations of the concepts. The object of EE 5656 is to provide techniques for analysis of the signal aspects of system design for transmission of information.

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
Fundamental noise processes 10%
Brightness and antenna noise 10%
Polarization-wave and antenna 10%
Wave propagation 10%
Receiver system noise 10%
Receiver types and sub-assembly survey 10%
Low noise antenna design 10%
Signal power budgets and system design techniques 15%
Interference and frequency reuse 5%
Case studies 10%

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