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Wireless MODEM for 950 MHz Digital Communication

Supervised by Dr. R C Tripathi

Abhishek Mitra and Nerdev Sharma IIIT Allahabad Fifth Semester Mini Project
19th February 2002
Backdrop:Guglielmo Marconi, pioneer of Wireless

Communication but without wires. Electromagnetic Waves through Ether Radio Waves 300KHz to 1GHz Micro Waves 1GHz to 3THz Light rays 3THz to 10 PHz Some Applications Satellite Communications Personal Communication Systems Wireless LAN / Bluetooth

Scope of the Project

Identify different methods for digital data transfer using Radio waves. Search for available technologies. Design a Wireless Modem. Establish a Wireless Data Link between two PCs using the Modem. Develop an Application to control the device and send / receive Data.

Chipcon CC 400
Features: 1. Maximum Data Rate: 9.6 kbps Manchester Encoded. 2. Programmable frequency: 300-500MHz. 3. Output power: 14dBm, Receiver sensitivity: -112dBm. 4. PLL based Detector and Transmitter. 5. Development Kit Available.

TRF 6900A
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Programmable 850MHz to 950MHz operation. FSK / ASK Modulation. Transmit Power 4.5 dbm. 85dbm Receiver Sensitivity. High Data Rate of 115.2 kbps both NRZ and Manchester. DDS based Transmitter. Quadrature Demodulator based Detector. Received Signal Strength Indicator. Free Samples Available from TI.

Why TRF 6900A ?

Short Listed Chips CC 400 from Chipcon. TRF 6900A from TI.

Advantages of TRF6900A
Faster data rates up to 115.2 kbps versus 9.6 kbps.

Ability to handle NRZ type data versus BiPhase data.

Direct Digital Synthesizer based design versus PLL based. Easy availability of components for 950 MHz versus 450 MHz. Experiments already done on Chipcon boards hence quest for something new. TRF 6900A is a state of the art chip has industrial backing. Availability of free samples from Texas instruments.

The Chip

Transmitter Blocks

DDS Control Word From Parallel Port

Direct Digital Synthesizer

Crystal Oscillator @ 25 MHz

Power Amplifier

Data from Serial Port


Level Converter 9V to 3.3 V

RF Out 950MHz
2. 3.

The computer programs the device with various parameters like frequency of operation, frequency deviation, Tx / Rx mode, etc.
The computer sends serial data to the device. Modulated Data is transmitted as Radio Waves at 950 MHz binary(0) and 950.1 MHz binary(1).

Transmitter Section
1. Reference Oscillator (Clock for DDS) Crystal Oscillator at 25 MHz.


Direct Digital Synthesizer (DDS)

Generate a sine wave in the digital domain as reference to PLL.


Phase Locked Loop (PLL)

Controls frequency of the VCO as per reference supplied by DDS.

4. Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) Changes frequency according to the tuning voltage (930 MHz to 960 MHz). LC oscillator with a varactor. 5. Power Amplifier (PA) Amplifies the output of the VCO to 4.5dbm (3mW)

Frequency Shift Keying Basics

Binary 1 Binary 0 Binary 1 Binary 0 Binary 1







f1 = Frequency transmitted for Binary 1 (950 MHz) f2 = Frequency transmitted for Binary 0 (950.1 MHz) f1 f2 = Frequency Deviation (100 KHz)

FSK Spectrum

The two peaks at 915.0 MHz and 915.10 Mhz demonstrate FSK.

Receiver Block Diagram


RF IN 950 MHz RF Mixer 10.7 MHz BPF 10.7 MHz

FSK Demodulator



VCO 939.3 MHz At the mixer output we get sum and difference of the two frequencies as the mixer multiplies the signals. 2 COS(A)*COS(B) = COS(A+B) + COS (A-B) Data Slicer

Data to Serial Port


Receiver Basics
Phase Detector Input from IF Stage
1 C8 C L1 R1 C2


Quadrature FSK Demodulator

Output of Amplifier fed to Slicer

Tuned Circuit at 10.7 MHz No phase shift when carrier at 10.7 MHz Phase Shift at other Frequencies (FM to AM conversion) Low pass filtering the output recovers the data

Receiver Characteristics
3.3 V After Decision by Slicer

1.25 V Reference Demodulated 14 Data

Our Achievements
A Plug and Play Wireless Modem.
Maximum Data Rate of 38.4 Kbps. A range of atleast 10 meters.

WModem Control Panel Software.

IIIT Allahabads first wireless data communication equipment, developed in-house.

The WModem

Figures showing the Wmodem

At 950 MHz PCB stray capacitance and inductance come into play.
Any copper length greater than /4creates trouble. Use of CAD / CAM is inevitable.

What Else?
Enhance Data rate up to 115.2 kbps, speed of two Dial Up Modems. Add an Amplifier to boost the output power of the device, to reach a few kilometers. Packets in the Air: Enable sockets through wireless for TCP / IP and Internet connectivity. Fail Safe Design: Develop a Robust Error Correction Mechanism and include a dedicated Micro-controller. (A Software lends its reliability from the Hardware being programmed underneath) hence Hardware should be 100% reliable.


Which one would you Prefer?



Thank You !