Characterization and Simulation of a 915MHz Wireless Receiver

Lawrence P. Dunleavy, Paul G. Flikkema, Anbuselvan Kuppusamy

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5 Scopus citations


A versatile test bench and CAE environment are employed to characterize and simulate a 915MHz receiver subsystem. The subsystem, which down-converts to a 70MHz IF frequency, is constructed with coaxial components and characterized at several different levels. The 3GHz test bench used includes a vector network analyzer, a spectrum analyzer, and a synthesized signal source. Measurements are compared to system simulations enabled by HP EEsof's Series IV: Communications Design Suite¿ (CDS). Simulation accuracy is improved through the use of measured component level characterization data. This receiver case study provides powerful insight into the capabilities of modern measurement and simulation tools for assessment of system-level linear and non-linear performance. The revealing case study, developed for a new undergraduate course in Wireless Circuits and Systems, would be easily duplicated for in-house company training, short course seminars, as well as RF/microwave courses at other universities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication50th ARFTG Conference Digest - Fall 1997
Subtitle of host publicationMeasurement Techniques for Digital Wireless Applications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)0780356861, 9780780356863
StatePublished - 1997
Event50th ARFTG Conference Digest - Fall 1997 - Portland, United States
Duration: Dec 4 1997Dec 5 1997

Publication series

Name50th ARFTG Conference Digest - Fall 1997: Measurement Techniques for Digital Wireless Applications


Other50th ARFTG Conference Digest - Fall 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • 1dB compression
  • CAE
  • RF measurements
  • Wireless systems
  • downconverter
  • microwave measurements
  • receiver
  • system simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Instrumentation


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