A Fully Integrated SoC with Digital MAC Processor and Transceiver for Ubiquitous Sensor Network at 868/915 MHz

Dong-Sun KIM  Hae-Moon SEO  Seung-Yerl LEE  Yeon-Kug MOON  Byung-Soo KIM  Tae-Ho HWANG  Duck-Jin CHUNG  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E90-B   No.12   pp.3336-3345
Publication Date: 2007/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e90-b.12.3336
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Ubiquitous Sensor Networks)
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Keyword: 
CMOS integrated circuit,  IEEE 802.15.4,  RF transceiver,  ubiquitous sensor networks,  wireless PAN,  

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Summary: 
A single-chip ubiquitous sensor network (USN) system-on-a-chip (SoC) for small program memory size and low power has been proposed and integrated in a 0.18-µm CMOS technology. Proposed single-chip USN SoC is mainly consists of radio for 868/915 MHz, analog building block, complete digital baseband physical layer (PHY) and media access control (MAC) functions. The transceiver's analog building block includes a low-noise amplifier, mixer, channel filter, receiver signal-strength indication, frequency synthesizer, voltage-controlled oscillator, and power amplifier. In addition, digital building block consists of differential binary phase-shift keying (DPSK) modulation, demodulation, carrier frequency offset compensation, auto-gain control, embedded 8-bit microcontroller, and digital MAC function. Digital MAC function supports 128 bit advanced encryption standard (AES), cyclic redundancy check (CRC), inter-symbol timing check, MAC frame control, and automatic retransmission. These digital MAC functions reduce the processing power requirements of embedded microcontroller and program memory size by up to 56%. The cascaded noise figure and sensitivity of the overall receiver are 9.5 dB and -99 dBm, respectively. The overall transmitter achieves less than 6.3% error vector magnitude (EVM). The current consumption is 14 mA for reception mode and 16 mA for transmission mode.