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The spatial multiplexing of local elements (SMILE) technique is a simplified array architecture which uses one RF channel to carry information from multiple RF channels by using multiplexing. Existing SMILE approaches with ordinary multiplexers offer similar performance to a regular array in an interference limited scenario. The performance degrades in a receiver noise limited environment as less signal power is captured. A distinct pulse compression technique based on a switched resonator concept is introduced. Because the circuit can compress the time duration of a modulated RF pulse without changing the phase information and without incurring significant energy loss, it is ideal to be applied as a high performance multiplexer in SMILE arrays. The pulse compression technique is demonstrated in both simulation and experiment. The SMILE array based on this novel pulse compression technique is studied in simulation, which shows superior performance to existing SMILE techniques.
Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, 2005 IEEE (Volume:2B )
Date of Conference: 3-8 July 2005