Dimitrie C. Popescu and Rolland Vida

A Primer on Software Defined Radios

The commercial success of cellular phone systems during the late 1980s and early 1990 years heralded the wireless revolution that became apparent at the turn of the 21st century and has led the modern society to a highly interconnected world where ubiquitous connectivity and mobility are enabled by powerful wireless terminals. Software defined radio (SDR) technology has played a major role in accelerating the pace at which wireless capabilities have advanced, in particular over the past 15 years, and SDRs are now at the core of modern wireless communication systems. In this paper we give an overview of SDRs that includes a discussion of drivers and technologies that have contributed to their continuous advancement, and presents the theory needed to understand the architecture and operation of current SDRs. We also review the choices for SDR platforms and the programming options that are currently available for SDR research, development, and teaching, and present case studies illustrating SDR use. Our hope is that the paper will be useful as a reference to wireless researchers and developers working in the industry or in academic settings on further advancing and refining the capabilities of wireless systems.


DOI: 10.36244/ICJ.2022.3.3


Please cite this paper the following way:

Dimitrie C. Popescu and Rolland Vida, "A Primer on Software Defined Radios", Infocommunications Journal, Vol. XIV, No 3, September 2022, pp. 16-27., https://doi.org/10.36244/ICJ.2022.3.3

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