An FPGA Scalable Software Defined Radio Platform Design for Educational and Research Purposes
AbstractIn a digital modem design, the integration of the Analog to Digital Converters (ADC) and Digital to Analog Converters (DAC) with the core processor is usually a major issue for the designer. In this paper an FPGA scalable Software Defined Radio platform based on a Spartan-6 as a control unit is presented, developed for both educational and research purposes, which can fit the different application requirements in terms of analog front-end performance, processing unit and cost. The resolution and sampling frequency of the analog front-end are its main adjustable parameters. The processing core requirements involve the FPGA and the communication ports. A multidisciplinary working group was required to design a high performance system for both analog front-end and digital processing core in terms of signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility. The platform has 5 different peripheral ports ranging from 16 kbps to 2.5 Gbps. The communication ports allow our students to develop a high range of applications for both on-site and online courses applying teaching methodology based on learning by doing using a real system to help them to reach other transversal skills.
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Hervás, M.; Alsina-Pagès, R.M.; Salvador, M. An FPGA Scalable Software Defined Radio Platform Design for Educational and Research Purposes. Electronics 2016, 5, 27.
Hervás M, Alsina-Pagès RM, Salvador M. An FPGA Scalable Software Defined Radio Platform Design for Educational and Research Purposes. Electronics. 2016; 5(2):27.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hervás, Marcos; Alsina-Pagès, Rosa M.; Salvador, Martí. 2016. "An FPGA Scalable Software Defined Radio Platform Design for Educational and Research Purposes." Electronics 5, no. 2: 27.
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