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B. Geiger, T. Gigl, J. Preishuber-Pfluegl, K. Witrisal [references] [full-text]
Experimental Characterization of System Parameters for Ranging in IEEE 802.15.4a using Energy Detectors

The IEEE 802.15.4a standard for impulse radio ultrawide band (IR-UWB) communication systems defines a ranging scheme which relies on the measurement of the round-trip propagation time of electromagnetic pulses. Accuracy is strongly dependent on the estimation of the timeof-arrival (TOA) of the pulse that is spread in time due to multipath propagation. The major concern therefore is the proper detection of the leading edge. In this work, the ranging capabilities of the standard are analyzed for an energy detector receiver. Emphasis is put on the influence of transmitter and receiver parameters, which are evaluated for a set of measured scenarios. It is shown that sub-meter ranging accuracy can be achieved with fixed parameter settings.

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  14. GIGL, T., PREISHUBER-PFLUEGL, J., WITRISAL, K. Statistical analysis of a UWB energy detector for ranging in IEEE 802.15.4a. In IEEE Int. Conf. on Ultra-Wideband, ICUWB. Vancover (Canada), 2009, in press.
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  17. DIZDAREVIC, V., WITRISAL, K. Statistical UWB range error model for the threshold leading edge detector. In IEEE Int. Conf. on Information, Communications and Signal Processing, ICICS. Singapur, 2007, p. 1 - 5.
  18. GIGL, T., BUCHGRABER, T., ADALAN, A., PREISHUBERPFLUEGL, J., FISCHER, M., WITRISAL, K. UWB channel characterization using IEEE 802.15.4a demonstrator system. In IEEE Int. Conf. on Ultra-Wideband, ICUWB. Vancover (Canada), 2009, in press.
  19. GIGL, T., ARNITZ, D., PREISHUBER-PFLUEGL, J., WITRISAL, K. Experimental characterization of ranging in IEEE 802.15.4a using a coherent reference receiver. In IEEE Int. Symp. on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC. Tokyo (Japan), 2009, in press.
  20. IRAHHAUTEN, Z., JANSSEN, G., HOMAYOUN, N., YAROVOY, A., LIGTHART, L. UWB channel measurements and results for office and industrial environments. In IEEE Int. Conf. on Ultra- Wideband, ICU. 2006, p. 225 - 230.

Keywords: Ultrawide band, IEEE 802.15.4a, energy detector, UWB measurements, ranging

M. Aftanas, M. Drutarovsky [references] [full-text]
Imaging of the Building Contours with Through the Wall UWB Radar System

Any actual information about a building interior can be very useful before entering a dangerous area. It can be used to plan strategies in many rescue and security applications. The paper deals with imaging of the inner and outer building contours from the outside using through the wall UWB radar. The whole processing chain for obtaining the contours of a scanned building is explained. The image processing method of highlighting the building walls using Hough transform with assumed knowledge of the direction of walls is presented. The algorithm was tested on real measurement data acquired from a M-sequence UWB radar system.

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Keywords: UWB radar system, through the wall imaging, SAR scanning, Hough transform, highlighting the walls

M. Herceg, T. Matic, T. Svedek [references] [full-text]
Performances of Hybrid Amplitude Shape Modulation for UWB Communications Systems over AWGN Channel in a Single and Multi-User Environment

This paper analyzes the performance of the hybrid Amplitude Shape Modulation (h-ASM) scheme for the time-hopping ultra-wideband (TH-UWB) communication systems in the single and multi-user environment. h-ASM is the combination of Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM) and Pulse Shape Modulation (PSM) based on modified Hermite pulses (MHP). This scheme is suitable for high rate data transmission applications because b = log2(MN) bits can be mapped with one waveform. The channel capacity and error probability over AWGN channel are derived and compared with other modulation schemes.

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Keywords: Ultra-Wideband, Pulse-Amplitude Modulation, Pulse-Shape Modulation

S. Gona, V. Kresalek [references] [full-text]
Derivation of Equivalent Material Models for Composite Laminated Materials

In this paper, an original approach of derivation of equivalent electrical models for multilayer composite materials is presented. The purpose of the modeling is to approximate a given composite material by an equivalent dielectric slab or by a medium consisting from several dielectric layers. For each layer, an equivalent complex permittivity is set up by an optimization procedure in order to achieve the same values of reflection and transmission coefficients as are the measured values of reflection and transmission coefficients of the original composite material.

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Keywords: Composite material, reflection and transmission coefficients, equivalent model, complex permittivity, numerical inversion

R. Sotner, J. Petrzela, J. Slezak [references] [full-text]
Current-Controlled Current-Mode Universal Biquad Employing Multi-Output Transconductors

This paper deals with RC active biquad working in the so-called current mode (CM). The design approach uses only three transconductors (OTA) with the minimum necessary number of outputs and with only three passive grounded elements. The proposed filter has simple circuit configuration providing all standard transfer functions such as high-pass (HP), band-pass (BP), low-pass (LP), band-reject (BR) and all-pass (AP). Electronic tuning and independent adjusting of the quality factor and bandwidth of BP filter is possible. The presented circuits are verified by PSpice simulations utilizing OTAs on transistor level of abstraction. The linear parasitic effects of the real active elements in each suggested circuit are briefly discussed. Experimental verification is also given. Designed networks can be used in many applications such as antialiasing filters, in high-speed data telecommunication systems, for signal processing in the cable modems, in regulation and measurement techniques etc.

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Keywords: Current-mode, transconductor, electronic adjusting, universal filter

M. Ma, C. Wang, S. Du [references] [full-text]
Low Voltage Current Mode Switched-Current-Mirror Mixer

A new CMOS active mixer topology can operate at 1 V supply voltage by use of SCM (switched currentmirror). Such current-mode mixer requires less voltage headroom with good linearization. Mixing is achieved with four improved current mirrors, which are alternatively activated. For ideal switching, the operation is equivalent to a conventional active mixer. This paper analyzes the performance of the SCM mixer, in comparison with the conventional mixer, demonstrating competitive performance at a lower supply voltage. Moreover, the new mixer’s die, without any passive components, is very small, and the conversion gain is easy to adjust. An experimental prototype was designed and simulated in standard chartered 0.18μm RF CMOS Process with Spectre in Cadence Design Systems. Experimental results show satisfactory mixer performance at 2.4 GHz.

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Keywords: Current mode, switched current mirror, mixer, low voltage, receiver, RF circuit

A. Lahiri, A. Chowdhury [references] [full-text]
A Novel First-Order Current-Mode All-Pass Filter Using CDTA

This paper presents a new realization of a firstorder current-mode (CM) all-pass filter (APF) using the recently proposed modern active building block (ABB), namely the current differencing transconductance amplifier (CDTA). The CM APF is made using minimum number of components, namely a single CDTA and one grounded capacitor. The circuit does not use any external resistors and offers the advantages of current-tunable pole frequency, low input impedance and high output impedance. Non-ideal analysis and sensitivity analysis are provided and PSPICE simulation results are included to verify the workability of the circuit.

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