Tunable narrow bandpass Sigma-Delta analog-to-digital conversion for mobile communication terminals

Yang, Sheng Ping (1995) Tunable narrow bandpass Sigma-Delta analog-to-digital conversion for mobile communication terminals. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


A whole-of-band receiver structure is proposed. In this structure, the whole mobile band (125 channels for GSM) is digitized and channel selection is performed using DSP filters. The ADC is a critical component in this structure, requiring 13bits resolution at sampling rate of 50MHz . A modified ΣΔ ADC converter is proposed for this application. The ΣΔ ADC must be able to null the quantization noise at the frequency of the desired channel. The research considers the feasibility of varying this frequency for tuning different channels. This is a novel concept for ΣΔ systems and so the simplest form of ΣΔ structure was chosen for evaluation to reduce the degrees of freedom in the many variables involved. A second order noise tunable bandpass ΣΔ ADC is studied using pole zero placement techniques in the z-plane. Tuning is performed by moving the zero positions around the unit circle. The optimized pole position is a compromise between noise performance and stability. The signal noise ratio is equivalent to 8bits, indicating a higher order ΣΔ ADC would be required for a practical radio receiver. Sensitivity analysis showed that the quantization noise is sensitive to errors in the system's main tuning coefficient adjustment. Accuracy for this coefficient has to be better than 1%, indicating that some external precision components will be required for any VLSI implementation. The effect of multichannel signals on the performance of the ADC is studied. It is shown that saturation of intermediate nodes dominated the intermodulation performance of the ADC. However, the loss of performance is not great (3dB to 6dB) and can be offset by over designing the ADC to give an appropriate safety margin. The successful implementation of noise4 tunable ΣΔ converter requires accurate setting of the adjustable coefficients. This is seen as the major design obstacle.

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Master of Engineering

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/18228
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Historical > FOR Classification > 1203 Design Practice and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords analog-to-digital converters, electric filters, bandpass, electronics, modulators
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