TR2007-070

A Non-Coherent 802.15.4a UWB Impulse Radio


    •  Duan, C.; Orlik, P.; Sahinoglu, Z.; Molisch, A.F., "A Non-Coherent 802.15.4a UWB Impulse Radio", IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband (ICUWB), ISBN: 978-1-4244-0521-3, September 2007, pp. 146-151.
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      • @inproceedings{Duan2007sep,
      • author = {Duan, C. and Orlik, P. and Sahinoglu, Z. and Molisch, A.F.},
      • title = {A Non-Coherent 802.15.4a UWB Impulse Radio},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband (ICUWB)},
      • year = 2007,
      • pages = {146--151},
      • month = sep,
      • isbn = {978-1-4244-0521-3},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2007-070}
      • }
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    Electronics & Communications, Wireless Communications


The new IEEE 802.15.4a standard for Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN) extends the capabilities of its popular predecessor IEEE 802.15.4, and enables accurate range/distance estimation between communicating devices. In addition to its ranging capabilities, the new standard also defines several new data rates ranging from 100 kb/s to 27Mb/s and a variety of options that give IEEE 802.15.4a compliant devices a high degree of flexibility and scalability. In this article we describe our implementation of an UWB impulse radio device, which is compliant with the 802.15.4a standard. Our implementation uses non-coherent energy-detection based receivers both to demodulate data and to detect ranges. We will present our prototype system and discuss some implementation details (energy detection, sampling rates, acquisition/synchronization) specific to non-coherent receivers. The performance of our prototype system is discussed as well. The reported range estimation error is less than 30cm, which agrees well with theoretical predictions.