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A new ultrawideband-digital-sampling technology is presented. This novel sampling technology is the first to employ both the successive-approximation-register technology and the equivalent-time-sampling technology to improve the bandwidth of the receiver. Accordingly, a new low-cost and compact ultrawideband digital receiver for pulse ground-penetrating radar is designed. The merit of this receiver is that it can convert radio-frequency signal to digital signal without any analog sampling gate or analog-to-digital converter. The equivalent sampling rate of the receiver is up to 33 GHz. The measurements show that this receiver has more than 3-GHz bandwidth and nearly 100% conversion efficiency.
Date of Publication: July 2011