Defence in the field of Micro and Nanoelectronic Circuit Design, M.Sc. (Tech.) Mikko Englund
The title of thesis is “RF-to-Digital Converters: The Direct Delta-Sigma Receiver”
Wireless communication circuits have a key role in current and upcoming technologies, such as mobile phones, internet of things, and self-driving cars to name a few. This has led to a rapid growth in the number of wireless data transmissions. Highly versatile, programmable, and digital-intensive communication circuits are required to navigate this never-ending wireless rush hour. Ultimately, the receiver and transmitter will be reduced to RF-to-digital converter and digital-to-RF converter, respectively.
This thesis presents a next generation RF-to-digital architecture, the direct delta-sigma receiver, which enables versatile, programmable, and compact receiver implementations by combining a direct downconversion receiver and delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter. The prototypes designed as a part of this thesis demonstrate state-of-the-art sensitivity and adaptability compared to previously reported RF-to-digital converters.
Opponent: Professor Michael Peter Kennedy, University College Cork, Ireland
Supervisor: Professor Jussi Ryynänen, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering.