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Henry Chen (Committee Chair), Marian Kazimierczuk (Committee Member), Jiafeng Xie (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


In order to accurately reconstruct signal waveform a signal must be sampled at least twice as fast as the bandwidth of the signal. Ultra Wideband (UWB) signals have extraordinary potential for high information transmission while a central focus of wireless has been the mobile communication. It is an emerging area that involves development of RF sensing and spectral applications over multiple GHz bandwidths. Even though our technology is improving, it is very challenging to build ADC's that are compatible and keep up with the growth of ultra-wideband range. Compressive sensing does "sampling" and "compressing" at the same time and exploits the sparsity for commensurate power saving by enabling sub-Nyquist under-sampling acquisition. The main idea behind compressive sensing is to recover specific signals from very few samples as compared to conventional Nyquist samples. In this thesis, a compressive sensing front-end (CSFE) is designed and analyzed to mitigate sampling approach limitations of the architecture in a CMOS process. CSFE has four main components: pseudo random sequence generator (PBRS), multiplier, integrator, and ADC. The PBRS (implemented by a Gold code generator) and the multiplier are designed in Cadence Spectre using TSMC 180nm technology. The integrator and the 10-bit ADC are designed and verified using both Verilog-A and Matlab. Using 4 GHz PBRS and 800 MHz under sampling ADC, the CSFE design can detect signal frequency up to 2 GHz after applying the Orthogonal Matching Pursuit algorithm to reconstruct the under sampling ADC data.

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Department of Electrical Engineering

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