The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Graduate PROGRAMS

Course Information

Description

An introduction to software radios, devices that can be programmed to work with a variety of different radios. The course will cover the following topics: software radio architectures, existing software radio efforts, a review of basic principles, an analysis of receiver operation.

Why take this course?

This course provides students with an understanding of a technological advance that is brand-new and will still be fairly new when they graduate.

Prerequisites

4624, 4634

The following material covered in 4624, or its equivalent, is of significance to Sofrware Radios: Digital Filter Design, Sampling Theorem and Discrete Fourier Transform Theory and Implementation. The following material covered in 4634, or its equivalent, is of significance to Software Radios: Properties of Modulation Formats, Demodulation Techniques and Spread Spectrum Systems.

Major Measurable Learning Objectives

  • choose or create an overall architecture for a software radio
  • determine the impact of various stages such as the RF link on the software design
  • perform a trade-off analysis of fixed vs programmable resources

Course Topics

Topic

Percentage of Course

1. Introduction & Foundational Principles 13%
2. RF Design for DSP Engineers 7%
3. Digital Generation of Signals 13%
4. Analog to Digital Conversion 13%
5. Equalization and Interference Rejection 13%
6. Synchronization 13%
7. Demodulation and Decoding 7%
8. Real-Time Prgramming Issues 7%
9. Case Studies in Software Radio Design 14%