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Various embodiments are described of devices and associated methods for processing a signal using a plurality of vector signal analyzers (VSAs). An input signal may be split and provided to a plurality of VSAs, each of which may process a respective frequency band of the signal, where the respective frequency bands have regions of overlap. Each VSA may adjust the gain and phase of its respective signal such that continuity of phase and magnitude is preserved through the regions of overlap. The correction of gain and phase may be accomplished by a complex multiply with a complex calibration constant. A complex calibration constant may be determined for each VSA by comparing the gain and phase of one or more calibration tones generated with each region of overlap, as measured by each of the VSAs.


Patent
National Instruments | Date: 2016-09-27

System and method for performing correlation analysis. A program that includes multiple program structures and one or more data objects is stored. Each data object is shared by at least two of the program structures. For each program structure, decomposition effects on each of the data objects shared by the program structure resulting from each of a respective one or more optimizing transforms applied to the program structure are analyzed. One or more groups of correlated structures are determined based on the analyzing. Each group includes two or more program structures that share at least one data object, and at least one optimizing transform that is compatible with respect to the two or more program structures and the shared data object. For at least one group, the at least one optimizing transform is usable to transform the two or more program structures to meet a specified optimization objective.


Patent
National Instruments | Date: 2015-10-08

A novel diagnostics and verifiable input/output (DVIO) channel may reduce fixed diagnostic circuitry and allow standard input/output channels to be repurposed as diagnostics for specific deployments. The DVIO channel may include a digital input sub-channel and a digital output sub-channel, with each sub-channel including basic protection and diagnostic circuitry for performing basic diagnostics. The two sub-channels may be used independently of each other, and they may also be coupled together to create an enhanced digital input or digital output channel, which is capable of performing more advanced diagnostics such as output readback or test pulse generation, for example. Multiple DVIO channels may be coupled together to create a multiple-channel digital input or digital output with redundant signal paths. In this way the input/output resources may be configured to meet the specific needs of a given application, and minimize the test and diagnostic circuitry required in traditional implementations.


Patent
National Instruments | Date: 2017-01-03

Techniques are disclosed relating to self-addressing memory. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a memory and addressing circuitry coupled to or comprised in the memory. In this embodiment, the addressing circuitry is configured to receive memory access requests corresponding to a specified sequence of memory accesses. In this embodiment, the memory access requests do not include address information. In this embodiment, the addressing circuitry is further configured to assign addresses to the memory access requests for the specified sequence of memory accesses. In some embodiments, the apparatus is configured to perform the memory access requests using the assigned addresses.


A source-measure unit (SMU) may be implemented with digital control loops and circuitry to digitally compensate for the impact of input bias current on current measurements. One or more buffers having well-defined characteristics with respect to certain parameters which may affect the current measurements may be used in the output signal path of the SMU where a shunt voltage developed across a current sense element is measured. For example, the buffers may conduct/develop respective input bias currents that change perceptibly and predictably with temperature. By measuring the temperature and adjusting a control voltagewhich is used to develop the shunt voltageaccording to the temperature measurements, the impact of the input bias current[s] on the current measurement[s] may be reduced to negligible levels and/or may be eliminated. The control voltage may be adjusted by adjusting a voltage feedback value representative of the measured shunt voltage, and/or by adjusting a current setpoint used for generating the control voltage.


Patent
National Instruments | Date: 2016-11-21

Techniques are disclosed relating to circuitry configured to interleave data, e.g., for use to process error correcting codes for wireless data transmission. In some embodiments an apparatus includes one or more circuit elements configured to receive input data samples, a plurality of polynomial coefficients, a start index, and information indicating a window size for non-sequential traversal of interleaver indices. The polynomial coefficients may include coefficients for at least a third-order polynomial. In some embodiments, the one or more circuit elements are further configured to generate interleaved bank and address information for writing the input data samples to the plurality of memory blocks, based on an order of the polynomial, a code block length, the start index, and the information indicating the window size. In some embodiments, the apparatus also includes output circuitry configured to provide interleaved data samples from the memory blocks.


Embodiments are described of devices and methods for processing a signal using a plurality of vector signal generators (VSGs). A digital signal may be provided to a plurality of signal paths, each of which may process a respective frequency band of the signal, the respective frequency bands having regions of overlap. The gain and phase of each signal path may be adjusted such that continuity of phase and magnitude are preserved through the regions of overlap. The adjustment of gain and phase may be accomplished by a complex multiply with a complex calibration constant. The calibration constant may be determined for each signal path by comparing the gain and phase of one or more calibration tones generated within each region of overlap. Each signal path may comprise a VSG to convert the respective signal to an analog signal, which may be combined to obtain a composite signal.


Patent
National Instruments | Date: 2017-03-15

Techniques are disclosed relating to synchronization of radios in a large antenna count (LAC) system. In some embodiments, a LAC system includes a plurality of slave radios, a clock and trigger distribution system, and a master device. In these embodiments, the plurality of slave radios are configured to establish a fixed relationship between a reference clock and their respective local clocks. In these embodiments, the master device and plurality of slave radios are configured to generate and align respective common periodic time reference (CPTR) signals, at a lower frequency than the local clocks. In these embodiments, the master device is configured to transmit a trigger signal based on its CPTR and the plurality of slave radios are configured to perform an action based on the trigger at a subsequent edge of their CPTRs. This may allow synchronization of sampling for antennas in a massive MIMO base station, for example. In some embodiments the master device a radio and includes a local clock, is configured to establish and maintain a fixed relationship between a reference clock and its local clock, and is configured to perform an action based on the trigger at the subsequent edge of its CPTR.


Techniques are disclosed relating to signaling and frame structure for massive MIMO communication systems. In some embodiments, an apparatus (102) is configured to receive an uplink pilot symbol from a mobile device (106) over a first channel (UL) and receive uplink data from the mobile device over the first channel, where the uplink data is included in one or more orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) symbols at a symbol rate. In these embodiments, the apparatus is configured to, determine channel information based on the pilot symbol, precode downlink data based on the channel information, and transmit the precoded downlink data to the mobile device. In these embodiments, a transition interval between receiving the uplink pilot symbol and beginning to transmit the precoded downlink data corresponds to less than five OFDM symbols at the symbol rate. This may facilitate reciprocity-based precoding for fast-moving mobile devices, in some embodiments.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-13-2016 | Award Amount: 5.59M | Year: 2017

ORCA offers experimentation facilities to promote wireless innovation in several market segments, including manufacturing, automotive industry, healthcare, ambient assistant living, public events, home automation, and utilities. Within the manufacturing market, for instance, application requirements vary from very low latency, up to real-time 3D video-driven interaction between collaborative robots and humans, to non-time critical downloads of large data volumes for updating the software of machines. Different applications and services often have to share the wireless infrastructure and the spectral bands, making it very challenging to meet the diverging QoS requirements simultaneously. The control mechanisms that are provided today in wireless technologies are not adequate to deal with extreme (ultra-low latency, ultra-high throughput, ultra-high reliability) and diverging (low AND high data rate, time-critical AND non-time critical) communication needs. Interesting evolutions are happening at different levels, enabling the creation of parallel on demand wireless network slices optimized for a specific set of requirements. The overall ORCA objective is to bridge those interesting evolutions at different levels, making them mature enough to enable end-to-end networking experiments going from Software-Defined Radio (SDR), with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS). We will open novel frequency bands, by proposing SDR technology at mmWave frequencies, that is mature and fast enough to be included in end-to-end networking experiments. We will bridge SDR with SDN technology, enabling the creation of multiple virtual networks that operate on the same infrastructure but meet the most diverse and stringent application requirements. We will finally enable advanced reprogramming of the SDR infrastructure, needed for offering versatile testbed facilities, paving the way towards, ultimately, on demand wireless networking and experimentation.

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