• BANDWIDTH AND POWER EFFICIENCY TRADE-OFFS OF SOQPSK

      Geoghegan, Mark; Nova Engineering Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      Shaped Offset QPSK (SOQPSK), as proposed and analyzed by Terrance Hill, is a family of constant envelope waveforms that is non-proprietary and exhibits excellent spectral containment and detection efficiency. Results for two variants, defined as SOQPSK-A and -B, have previously been presented. However, it remains to be seen whether or not even more attractive choices exist. This paper explores the bandwidth and power efficiency trade-offs of the entire SOQPSK family using computer simulations and analytical performance bounds.
    • A COMPARISON OF ADAPTIVELY EQUALIZED PCM/FM, SOQPSK, AND MULTI-H CPM IN A MULTIPATH CHANNEL

      Hill, Terrance; Geoghegan, Mark; Nova Engineering Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      It is widely recognized that telemetry channels, particularly airborne channels, are afflicted by multipath propagation effects. It has also been shown that adaptive equalization can be highly effective in mitigating these effects. However, numerous other factors influence the behavior of adaptive equalization, and the type of modulation employed is certainly one of these factors. This is particularly true on modulations which exhibit different operating bandwidths. In this paper, we will examine the effect multipath and adaptive equalization for three modulation techniques which are either already in use, or have been proposed, for airborne telemetry.
    • EXTENDING THE RANGE OF PCM/FM USING A MULTISYMBOL DETECTOR AND TURBO CODING

      Geoghegan, Mark; Nova Engineering Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      It has been shown that a multi-symbol detector can improve the detection efficiency of PCM/FM by 3 dB when compared to traditional methods without any change to the transmitted waveform. Although this is a significant breakthrough, further improvements are possible with the addition of Forward Error Correction (FEC). Systematic redundancy can be added by encoding the source data prior to the modulation process, thereby allowing channel errors to be corrected using a decoding circuit. Better detection efficiency translates into additional link margin that can be used to extend the operating range, support higher data throughput, or significantly improve the quality of the received data. This paper investigates the detection efficiency that can be achieved using a multisymbol detector and turbo product coding. The results show that this combination can improve the detection performance by nearly 9 dB relative to conventional PCM/FM systems. The increase in link margin is gained at the expense of a small increase in bandwidth and the additional complexity of the encoding and decoding circuitry.
    • IMPLEMENTATION AND PERFORMANCE OF A HIGHSPEED, VHDL-BASED, MULTI-MODE ARTM DEMODULATOR

      Hill, Terrance; Geoghegan, Mark; Hutzel, Kevin; Nova Engineering Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      Legacy telemetry systems, although widely deployed, are being severely taxed to support the high data rate requirements of advanced aircraft and missile platforms. Increasing data rates, in conjunction with loss of spectrum have created a need to use available spectrum more efficiently. In response to this, new modulation techniques have been developed which offer more data capacity in the same operating bandwidth. Demodulation of these new waveforms is a computationally challenging task, especially at high data rates. This paper describes the design, implementation and performance of a high-speed, multi-mode demodulator for the Advanced Range Telemetry (ARTM) program which meets these challenges.
    • OPTIMAL LINEAR DETECTION OF SOQPSK

      Geoghegan, Mark; Nova Engineering Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      Shaped Offset QPSK (SOQPSK), as proposed and analyzed by Terrance Hill, is a family of constant envelope waveforms that is non-proprietary and exhibits excellent spectral containment and detection efficiency. Detection results using the filtering found in conventional OQPSK demodulators have been published for two variants of SOQPSK, namely SOQPSK-A and –B. This paper describes a method of synthesizing an optimal linear detection filter, with regard to bit error probability (BEP), and presents the resulting performance.