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ELEC6217 Wireless Transceiver Design and Implementation

Module Overview

This course introduces the principles and techniques needed to design a wireless transceiver. We will cover the process needed to take the main principles of digital communications such as digital modulation and detection. Through lectures and coursework, we cover the engineering trade-offs needed to design a transceiver starting from a detailed performance specification. The module uses Matlab as a specialist computation/simulation tool. Additionally, Labview is also introduced and used in this module.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Appreciate the practical challenges of digital transmission.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Specify active and passive components required for a wireless transceiver.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Simulate communication systems using computational baseband models.
  • Design a transceiver system architecture against a comprehensive performance specification.
  • Design and present a simulation of a communication system using computational baseband models.


Noise and Noise figure - Sources of noise - Noise models - Noise figure - Cascaded noise figure - Measurement of noise figure Link budgets - Sources of loss - Link loss equations - Maximum noise figure - Maximum range The superhet - Filter selectivity - Adjacent channels - Image frequencies - Multiple stage superhets - The frequency mixer - Intermodulation products Transceiver Design - Components used in transceiver designs - Typical transceiver design examples - Specifying amplifiers, mixers Synchronisation - The timing and carrier synchronisation problem - Timing sync methods - delay locked loop and DSP equivalent - Open-loop timing sync - Zero Crossing detection - Carrier sync methods - Carrier regeneration - Costas loop introduction - Decision directed Review of Passive Filters - Synthesis of doubly terminated filters - Low-Pass to Band-Pass transformation - Filter implementations - ceramic, SAW - Fractional bandwitdh - Software-assisted specification and design Review of Matching - Maximum power transfer - RLC Matching networks Power amplifiers - Class A, B, AB, C - Power efficiency - Linearisation techniques - Suitability of PA classes to modulation types Antennas - Fundamental model - Types of omnidirectional antennas- - Physical limits - volume vs bandwidth and efficiency

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice34
Completion of assessment task60
Project supervision12
Follow-up work10
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: ELEC3203 OR ELEC3204 OR ELEC6259

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