Practical issues in implementing analog-to-information converters

Sami Kirolos, Tamer Ragheb, Jason Laska, Marco F. Duarte, Yehia Massoud, Richard G. Baraniuk

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The stability and programmability of digital signal processing systems has motivated engineers to move the analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) process closer and closer to the front end of many signal processing systems in order to perform as much processing as possible in the digital domain. Unfortunately, many important applications, including radar and communication systems, involve wideband signals that seriously stress modern ADCs; sampling these signals above the Nyquist rate is in some cases challenging and in others impossible. While wideband signals by definition have a large bandwidth, often the amount of information they carry per second is much lower; that is, they are compressible in some sense. The first contribution of this paper is a new framework for wideband signal acquisition purpose-built for compressible signals that enables sub-Nyquist data acquisition via an analog-to-information converter (AIC). The framework is based on the recently developed theory of compressive sensing in which a small number of non-adaptive, randomized measurements are sufficient to reconstruct compressible signals. The second contribution of this paper is an AIC implementation design and study of the tradeoffs and nonidealities introduced by real hardware. The goal is to identify and optimize the parameters that dominate the overall system performance. © 2006 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - The 6th IEEE International Workshop on System on Chip for Real Time Applications, IWSOC 2006
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


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