Monobit digital receivers for ultrawideband communications Academic Article uri icon


  • Ultrawideband systems employ short low-power pulses. Analog receiver designs can accommodate the required bandwidths, but they come at a cost of reduced flexibility. Digital approaches, on the other hand, provide flexibility in receiver signal processing but are limited by analog-to-digital converter (ADC) resolution and power consumption. In this paper, we consider reduced complexity digital receivers, in which the ADC is limited to a single bit per sample. We study three one-bit ADC schemes: 1) fixed reference; 2) stochastic reference; and 3) sigma-delta modulation (SDM). These are compared for two types of receivers based on: 1) matched filtering; and 2) transmitted reference. Biterror rate (BER) expressions are developed for these systems and compared to full-resolution implementations with negligible quantization error. The analysis includes the impact of quantization noise, filtering, and oversampling. In particular, for an additive white Gaussian noise channel, we show that the SDM scheme with oversampling can achieve the BER performance of a full-resolution digital receiver. 2005 IEEE.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Hoyos, S., Sadler, B. M., & Arce, G. R.

citation count

  • 94

complete list of authors

  • Hoyos, S||Sadler, BM||Arce, GR

publication date

  • July 2005