Automatic Threshold Control for ASK Millimeter-Wave Transceivers

Osamu ANEGAWA  Kiyoshi HAMAGUCHI  Hiroyo OGAWA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E88-B   No.3   pp.1249-1252
Publication Date: 2005/03/01
Online ISSN: 
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e88-b.3.1249
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Devices/Circuits for Communications
Keyword: 
automatic-threshold-control,  millimeter waves,  amplitude-shift-keying,  

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Summary: 
A new automatic-threshold-control (ATC) system for the amplitude-shift-keying (ASK) transceivers without using automatic gain control (AGC) was developed. When signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in a transmission system fluctuates, the new system optimizes the threshold by statistic processing. In this paper, the schematic block diagram, the theory of statistical processing, and the performance estimated by numerical simulations are shown. The simulations show that under ideal conditions, the system can control the threshold voltage in a broad SNR region (wider than 20 dB). Delay of response and trapping in real situation can occur, but, the problems can be avoided by waveform shaping. It is thus concluded that the new ATC system can be applied to ASK transceivers.