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The objective of this project is to develop and test a prototype of an analog IF over digital IF acquisition/generation demonstrator for instantaneous signal bandwidth up to 5GHz, together with a set of data compression techniques with the scope to minimize the digital IF data rate required to transmit a given analog IF bandwidth, optimized for each of the operational scenarios identified.
The key challenges of the project are:
The RF over IP demonstrator developed in this project supports significantly higher simultaneous bandwidths than any other RF over IP product commercially available in 2020.
The main use case scenario is for use with VSAT systems where the wideband RF over IP module is placed at the antenna sites and typically communicated with digital modems with RF over IP interfaces via a high-speed fiber connection as shown in the figure below.
The block diagram below illustrates a candidate hardware platform for implementing the demonstrator where the following modules are plugged into a carrier board:
The duration of the project is 29 months, with the following milestones:
The project kick-off was on May 13, 2020 and the System Requirement Review (SRR) was held on September 3, 2020. Ongoing work is identification of state-of-the-art techniques for compression, evaluation of the theoretical gain we can get from compression, identification of compression techniques to be used and evaluation of compressed sensing. The next milestone is the Critical Design Review (CDR).