Hands on Phased Array using Open Source Hardware and Software (PDF)
Presenters: Jon Kraft, Principal Engineer, Field Applications
Bob Broughton, Senior Director, Product Line Management
Peter Delos, Senior Principal Engineer, Mixed Signal
Robin Getz, Director, SW Systems Design Engineering
Phased array communications and radar systems are finding increased use in a variety of applications. This places a greater importance on training engineers and rapidly prototyping new phased array concepts. While both have historically been difficult and expensive to do, a recent open source offering--the ADALM-PHASER--allows real beamforming hardware to be used for education, project proposals, and product development. This workshop will introduce ADALM-PHASER with lectures and hands on labs covering: software defined radio (SDR), phased array beamforming (steering angle and beam formation), antenna impairments (side lobes/tapering, grating lobes, beam squint, quantization sidelobes), Monopulse tracking implementation, and simple radar algorithm design. Each of these topics will be addressed with a short lecture, followed by participants using the ADALM-PHASER hardware to directly explore the lecture topic.