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Design of an LTE Module for the Internet of Things

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Short Description

Various estimates predict 20 to 30 billion embedded devices connected to the Internet in 2020 in what’s called the the Internet of things (IoT). To realize this vision, cellular standards are released to meet the requirements regarding low-power and low-cost of IoT components, especially on the client side. In the latest release of the LTE standard, a new user-equipment category (Cat-0) for Machine to Machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of things (IoT) was introduced [1].

The goal of this project is, to design a physical layer modem, whereas a state-of-the art LTE transceiver [2] will be used. You will start with your design by doing a system analysis on the required building blocks (Synchronization, FFT, Symbol detection, etc.). Then, by using the results of your analysis, you will adapt and extend the existing LTE framework towards Category-0 devices. In a second stage you will implement the design in a hardware description language (HDL) and deploy it to the LTE transceiver FPGA board.

Status: Available

Looking for interested students (Semester or Master Thesis)
Supervision: Harald Kröll

Character

50% Theory/Matlab
50% FPGA Design

Prerequisites

VLSI I
Matlab, VHDL

Professor

Qiuting Huang

References

[1] http://www.nextgcom.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ARM-NextG-LTE-Cat0-White-Paper-Final.pdf

[2] http://www.newacp.ch/products/4g-lte-enabled-transceivers/