Broadband direct RF digitization receivers

Abstract : The Holy Grail radio receiver architecture for Software Radio makes uses of direct RF digitization. The early RF signal digitization theoretically provides maximum re-configurability of the radio front-end to multiple bands and standards, as opposed to analog-extensive front-ends. In addition, in applications for which a large portion of the RF input signal spectrum is required to be received simultaneously, the RF direct digitization architecture could provide the most power-and-cost-effective front-end solution. This is typically the case in centralized architectures, for which a single receiver is used in a multi-user environment (data and video gateways) or in re-multiplexing systems. In these situations, this highly-digitized architecture could dramatically simplify the radio front-end, as it has the potential to replace most of the analog processing. In this Ph.D thesis, we study the trade-offs, from RF to DSP domains, which are being involved in direct RF digitization receivers. The developed system-level framework is applied to the design of a cable multi-channel RF direct digitization receiver. Special focus is provided on the design of an optimum RF signal conditioning, on the specification of time-interleaved analog-to-digital converter impairments, including clock quality, and on some algorithmic aspects (automatic gain control loop, RF front-end amplitude equalization control loop). The two-chip implementation is presented, using BiCMOS and 65nm CMOS processes, together with the block and system-level measurement results. The solution is highly competitive, both in terms of area and RF performance, while it drastically reduces power consumption.
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Olivier Jamin. Broadband direct RF digitization receivers. Networking and Internet Architecture [cs.NI]. Télécom ParisTech, 2013. English. ⟨NNT : 2013ENST0013⟩. ⟨tel-01334802⟩

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