Course Catalog 2014-2015

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Course Catalog 2014-2015

ELT-44006 Receiver Architectures and Signal Processing, 5-7 cr

Additional information

The course is lectured every second year. Course www-page:
Suitable for postgraduate studies

Person responsible

Markku Renfors


Study type P1 P2 P3 P4 Summer Implementations Lecture times and places
 3 h/week
 5 h/per
+3 h/week
+15 h/per



ELT-44006 2014-01 Wednesday 14 - 17 , TB224


5 cr: exam and small project/homework solutions 6 or 7 cr: more extensive project/laboratory exercises/literature study
Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, a student has good understanding of the key RF-functionalities and related performance issues when designing the analog and digital signal processing modules for communications receivers and transmitters. She/he can also explain the possibilities and challenges of increased use of digital signal processing algorithms for implementing or enhancing the RF functionalities.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. RECEIVER ARCHITECTURES: - Basic architectures of communications receivers: superheterodyne, direct-conversion, low-IF; - Effects of non-idealities in practical analog implementations: I/Q imbalance, nonlinearities, noise, phase noise, spurious responses; - System calculation principles; - The significance of RF specifications of mobile communication systems on the specs of the signal processing blocks; - Flexible multistandard receiver structures and flexible spectrum use, software defined radio and cognitive radio concepts.     
2. MULTIRATE DSP: - Principles of multirate signal processing and extensions to bandpass and complex (I/Q) cases; - Review of efficient realization structures: polyphase structure, CIC filters; - Continuous-time, discrete-time, and multirate signal processing in case of complex (I/Q) and bandpass signals; - Sampling of bandpass signals and I/Q signals, sampling and ADC requirements regarding resolution and sampling jitter; - Efficient DSP algorithms for communications receivers.  - Delta-sigma A/D-conversion principle.   
3. SYNCHRONIZATION: - Requirements and methods for carrier and symbol synchronization; - Maximum Likelihood estimation theory in synchronization; - All-digital synchronization principles; - Principle of polynomial interpolation and its applications in communications signal processing.  - Efficient all-digital synchronization algorithms. - Cramer-Rao bound on the performance of synchronization algorithms. - Realizations structures and design methods for polynomial interpolation.   
4. ADAPTIVE COMPENSATION METHODS: - Use of statistical DSP for compensation of certain non-idealities of the analog parts (I/Q imbalance, nonlinearities).  - More extensive analysis of the used statistical DSP methods and detailed signal models.   
5. FREQUENCY SYNTHESIS: - The principles and analysis of key performance characteristics of main frequency synthesis methods; - Direct digital synthesis.      
6. TRANSMITTERS: - Basic transmitter structures; - Co-existence of transmitters and receivers, impact of duplexing methods; - Effects of power amplifier nonlinearities and linearization techniques.     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The assessment is based on the exam, which is targeted to measuring the knowledge gained in the core contents.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (1-5) will be used on the course

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Edition, availability, ... Examination material Language
Lecture slides   Receiver Architectures and Signal Processing   Several authors         Yes    English  
Other literature   Book chapters and scientific articles as supplementary material.   several authors         No    English  
Other online content   Intercative www-based leaning materials.   Mikko Valkama, Markku Renfors, et al.         Yes    English  


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
ELT-41306 Communication Theory Mandatory    
ELT-43006 Digital Transmission Advisable    
ELT-43106 Multicarrier and Multiantenna Techniques Advisable    

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Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
ELT-44006 Receiver Architectures and Signal Processing, 5-7 cr TLT-5806 Receiver Architectures and Signal Processing, 5-7 cr  

More precise information per implementation

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Last modified07.03.2014