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Research Letters in Communications
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 238521, 5 pages
Research Letter

A Programmable Receiver for Communication Systems and Its Application to Impulse Radio

1University of Neuchâtel, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
2Electronics and Signal Processing Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Received 11 December 2008; Accepted 24 February 2009

Academic Editor: Peter Jung

Copyright © 2009 Roman Merz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The design of a programmable receiver for an ultra wideband (UWB) communication is presented. The receiver is using a fast analog to digital converter (ADC) and a field programmable gate array (FPGA) allowing a rapid performance evaluation for various system architectures and signal processing algorithms. To demonstrate the performance and the versatility of the receiver, a simple communication system and a localization system are implemented. The accuracy of the latter is presented for an indoor environment.