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[Discuss-gnuradio] Re: A low-budget SDR - Was: PCIe know-how?

From: Brian Padalino
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] Re: A low-budget SDR - Was: PCIe know-how?
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 15:24:35 -0500

On 3/6/07, address@hidden <address@hidden> wrote:
Yeah, that indeed is an important issue that needs a very detailed and
thought-out solution. One thing I'd like to be able to do some day is
have maybe three of these devices all 100 meters from my computer
arranged in a triangle and then triangulate signals using the Time of
Arrival principle. I might be able to eventually construct an antenna
array that isn't just directional, but also aware of distance. 65Msps
wouldn't be enough for useful resolution, but it's a start. :)

I would have to co-ordinate the receivers exactly to do this... Could
it be possible to supply a stable clock over Ethernet? Couple it to
the -48VDC? =)

I highly doubt that you can do it over ethernet, but you may be able
to supply a 10MHz reference clock over a coax line that could drive
some sort of PLL that were highly stable?  I am not a clocking expert,
so you're a bit on your own.

I think that, realistically, I will have to do something with the data
already at the FPGA. Be it pre-processing or decimation I do not know
yet, nor can I guesstimate due to lack of experience. PA3FWM in the
link Henry posted managed to deal with 2.5Msps, but I don't know his
bit rate. I've decided in the past that I would be happy with being
able to see just 1MHz of bandwidth at the time, and PA3FWM seems to
have exceeded that. The benefit of using a high-speed ADC in this case
would not be voided, since we could still do a lot of mojo that one
can't do with a radio that requires a tuner. The lack of tuner in
itself makes the device cheaper too...

And what's "RBW"? =)

Resolution Band Width - how accurate your FFT bins are.


On a side note - have you thought about trying to figure out what you
want to do in a simulation environment?  It might be worth while to
simulate a channel that has your desired signals in it, and see how
feasible it would be to actually accomplish such a thing.

Moreover, if you plan on having your entire front end open, have you
thought about the consequences of large signals saturating your ADC
and not allowing the rest of your band in?  Without a tuner and
filters, you are going to be a bit more susceptible to saturating your
ADC - possibly with unwanted signals.


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