• System Framework for a Multi-Band, Multi-Mode Software Defined Radio

      Thomas, Willie L., II; Berhanu, Samuel; Richardson, Nathan; Morgan State University (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2014-10)
      This paper describes a system framework for a multi-band, multi-mode software defined radio (MBMM SDR) being developed for next-generation telemetry applications. The system framework consists of the multi-band front-end (MBFE), the multi-mode digital radio (MMDR), and the configuration and control (C2) sub-systems. The MBFE consists of an L/S/C-band transceiver architecture that provides wideband operation, band selection, and channel tuning. The MMDR consists of the software and firmware components for high-speed digital signal processing for the telemetry waveforms. Finally, the C2 consists of the software and hardware components for system configuration, control and status. The MBFE is implemented as a standalone hardware sub-system, while the MMDR and C2 are integrated into a single hardware subsystem that utilizes state-of-the-art system-on-chip (SoC) technology. Design methodologies, hardware architectures, and system tradeoffs are highlighted to meet next-generation telemetry requirements for improved spectrum efficiency and utilizations. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited (412TW-PA-14281).