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Wireless Communication & Signal Processing Research Lab

About the Lab:

The Signal Processing and Communications Research Laboratory has been established at PMU to support teaching and research in collaboration with National Instruments (NI). This lab houses state-of-the-art hardware from NI supporting a wide range of topics in communications such as analog communication, digital communication, and wireless and RF communication. The purpose of this laboratory is to perform hardware implementation and experimental validation of communications and signal processing algorithms related to ongoing research activities in topics such as Direction of Arrival (DOA) estimation, array signal processing, smart antennas, and data acquisition.

Objectives of this Lab:

  • Develop new Direction of Arrival (DOA) estimation algorithms for real-time implementation.
  • Investigate and experimentally validate computationally fast and highly accurate DOA estimation algorithms for real-time operation.  
  • Conduct research in related areas such as beamforming for Massive Multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) System for 5G applications and Bistatic MIMO radar system
  • Hardware implementation for beamforming for Massive Multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) System for 5G applications and Bistatic MIMO radar system, leading to the potential development of products.
  • Come up with new product ideas in the areas of communication systems and array signal processing.
  • Publish work in scientific journals.
  • Offer training courses and workshops.

Research Group Members

  • Dr. Nizar Tayem
  • Mr. Ahmed Abul Hussain
  • Mr. Omair Butt

Lab Equipment

The NI PXI systems available in the lab are used for measurement and instrumentation. PXI combines PCI electrical-bus features with the modular, Eurocard packaging of Compact PCI and then adds specialized synchronization buses and key software features. PXI is a flexible and high-performance deployment platform. The tasks of a PXI system are determined by the types of modules plugged into the system. In this laboratory the PXI systems are mostly used for instrumentation and signal processing purposes.
Lab  Equipment
The lab utilizes LabVIEW software from National Instruments enabling us to interact with the available hardware modules. LabVIEW is competitive and easy to learn because of its graphical programming nature.

Equipment and Tools

PXIe-1082 - 8-Slot, Up to 8 GB/s PXI Chassis: It features a high-bandwidth backplane to meet a wide range of high-performance test and measurement application needs. It accepts PXI Express modules in every slot and supports standard PXI hybrid-compatible modules in up to four slots. The chassis features an extended operating temperature range for applications needing cooling performance.
PXIe-1082 - 8-Slot, Up to 8 GB/s PXI Chassis

PXIe-1075 - 18-Slot, Up to 4 GB/s PXI Chassis: It is designed for a wide range of test and measurement applications and provides a high-bandwidth backplane. The chassis features an extended operating temperature range for applications needing cooling performance.
PXIe-1075 - 18-Slot, Up to 4 GB/s PXI Chassis

PXIe-1062Q - 8-Slot, Quiet, Up to 3 GB/s PXI Chassis: It is designed for a wide range of test and measurement applications and provides a high-bandwidth backplane. The NI PXIe‑1062Q has four PXI peripheral slots, one PXI Express slot with system timing capabilities, and two PXI Express hybrid slots that accept both PXI and PXI Express peripheral modules.
PXIe-1062Q - 8-Slot, Quiet, Up to 3 GB/s PXI Chassis

SCB-68: It is multi-function input/output connector blocks. It can either be connected to any FPGA compatible device or to the X Series DAQ device.
X Series Data Acquisition Device: It is one of the most advanced DAQ devices ever designed by NI. It is equipped with enhanced onboard timing, triggering, data streaming, and driver software that make is possible to execute measurements and tasks in parallel at both the hardware and software levels.
X Series Data Acquisition Device

USRP-2901: 70 MHz to 6 GHz, 2-Channel Software Defined Radio Device— It is a tunable RF transceiver with full-duplex, MIMO operation. It offers bus-powered connectivity with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0. You can also use the NI USRP‑2901 for the following communications applications: white space; broadcast FM; public safety; land-mobile, low-power unlicensed device bands; sensor networks; amateur radio; or GPS.
CDA-2990: It is an 8-channel clock distribution accessory for synchronizing software defined radio systems. It accepts both external 10 MHz and pulse per second (PPS) input signals and then amplifies and distributes each of them to eight output ports.
miniVNA Tiny: It is a handheld pc based Vector Network Analyzer that makes available a multitude of features and capabilities which are perfect for checking antennas and RF circuits for hams and commercial users from HF to SHF.
NI USB 5680-1: The NI USB-5680 is a highly accurate, stand-alone RF power meter that communicates with a PC using a USB connection. The NI 5680 RF power meter can accurately measure average power from 50 MHz to 6 GHz over 63 dB of dynamic range.
NI USB 5680-1
NI USB 5680-1

Publications:
NI CASE STUDY

Journal Papers


Conference Papers

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