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Design of a generic digital front-end for the internet of things

Abstract : The number of wireless communication technologies and standards is constantly increasing to provide communication solutions for today’s technological needs. This is particularly relevant in the domain of the Internet of Things (IoT), where many standards are available, and many others are expected. To efficiently deploy the IoT network, the interoperability between the different solutions is critical. Interoperability on the physical level is achieved through multi-standard modems. These modems are made possible through the digital front-end (DFE), that offers a flexible radio front-end able of processing a wide range of signal types. This thesis first develops a generic architecture of both transmission and reception DFEs, which can be easily adapted to support different IoT standards. These architectures highlight the main role of sample rate conversion (SRC) in the DFE, and the importance of optimizing the SRC implementation. This optimization is then achieved through an in-depth study of the SRC functions, and the development of new structures of improved efficiency in terms of implementation complexity and power consumption, while offering equivalent or improved performance. The final part of the thesis addresses the optimization of the DFE hardware implementation, which is achieved through developing an optimal quantization method that minimizes the use of hardware resources while guaranteeing a given performance constraint. The obtained results are finally highlighted through implementing and comparing different implementation strategies on both field programmable gate array (FPGA) and application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) targets.
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Ali Zeineddine. Design of a generic digital front-end for the internet of things. Other [cs.OH]. CentraleSupélec, 2019. English. ⟨NNT : 2019CSUP0001⟩. ⟨tel-02877254⟩



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