An FPGA based all-digital transmitter with radio frequency output for software defined radio

Ye Zhuan*, John Grosspietsch, Gokhan Memik

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this paper, we present the architecture and implementation of an all-digital transmitter with radio frequency output targeting an FPGA device. FPGA devices have been widely adopted in the applications of digital signal processing (DSP) and digital communication. They are typically well suited for the evolving technology of software defined radios (SDR) due to their reconfigurability and programmability. However, FPGA devices are mostly used to implement digital baseband and intermediate frequency (IF) functionalities. Therefore, significant analog and RF components are still needed to fulfill the radio communication requirements. The all-digital transmitter presented in this paper directly synthesizes RF signal in the digital domain, therefore eliminates the need for most of the analog and RF components. The all-digital transmitter consists of one QAM modulator and one RF pulse width modulator (RFPWM). The binary output waveform from RFPWM is centered at 800MHz with 64QAM signaling format. The entire transmitter is implemented using Xilinx Virtex2pro device with on chip multi-gigabit transceiver (MGT). The adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) measured in the 20 MHz passband is 45dB, and the measured error vector magnitude (EVM) is less than 1%. Our work extends the digital implementation of communication applications on an FPGA platform to radio frequency, therefore making a significant evolution towards an ideal SDR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2007 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2007
Pages21-26
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Event2007 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition - Nice Acropolis, France
Duration: Apr 16 2007Apr 20 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings -Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE
ISSN (Print)1530-1591

Other

Other2007 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition
CountryFrance
CityNice Acropolis
Period4/16/074/20/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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