A Compressed Sensing Receiver for UWB Impulse Radio in Bursty Applications Like Wireless Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

The authors propose a novel receiver for Ultra-Wide-band Impulse-Radio communication in Wireless Sensor Networks, which are characterized by bursty traffic and severe power constraints. The receiver is based on the principle of Compressed Sensing, and exploits the sparsity of the transmitted signal to achieve reliable demodulation from a relatively small number of projections. The projections are implemented in an analog front-end as correlations with tractable test-functions, and a joint decoding of the time of arrival and the data bits is done by a DSP back-end using an efficient quadratic program.

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