Operation of Receiver Preamp
phased.ReceiverPreamp object lets you model
the effects of gain and component-based noise on the signal-to-noise
ratio (SNR) of received signals.
on baseband signals. The object is not intended to model system effects
at RF or intermediate frequency (IF) stages.
Configuring Receiver Preamp
phased.ReceiverPreamp object has the following
EnableInputPort— A logical property that enables you to specify when the receiver is on or off. Input the actual status of the receiver as a vector to
step. This property is useful when modeling a monostatic radar system. In a monostatic radar, it is important to ensure the transmitter and receiver are not operating simultaneously. See
Gain— Gain in dB (GdB)
LossFactor— Loss factor in dB (LdB)
NoiseMethod— Specify noise input as noise power or noise temperature
NoiseFigure— Receiver noise figure in dB (FdB)
ReferenceTemperature— Receiver reference temperature in kelvin (T)
SampleRate— Sample rate (fs)
NoisePower— Noise power specified in Watts (σ2)
NoiseComplexity— Specify noise as real-valued or complex-valued
EnableInputPort— Add input to specify when the receiver is active
PhaseNoiseInputPort— Add input to specify phase noise for coherent on receive receiver
SeedSource— Lets you specify random number generator seed
Seed— Random number generator seed
The output signal, y[n], of the
phased.ReceiverPreamp System object™ equals
the input signal scaled by the ratio of receiver amplitude gain to
amplitude loss plus additive noise
where x[n] is the complex-valued input signal and w[n] is unit-variance noise complex-valued noise.
When the input signal is real-valued, the output signal, y[n], equals the real-valued input signal scaled by the ratio of receiver amplitude gain to amplitude loss plus real-valued additive noise
The amplitude gain, G, and loss, L, can be express in terms of the input dB parameters by
The additive noise for the receiver is modeled as a zero-mean complex white Gaussian noise vector with variance, σ2, equal to the noise power. The real and imaginary parts of the noise vector each have variance equal to 1/2 the noise power.
You can set the noise power directly by choosing the
'Noise power' and then setting the
to a real positive number. Alternatively, you can set the noise power
using the system temperature by choosing the
'Noise temperature'. Then
where kB is Boltzmann’s constant, B is the noise bandwidth which is equal to the sample rate, fs, T is the system temperature, and F is the noise figure in power units.
The noise figure, F, is a dimensionless quantity that indicates how much a receiver deviates from an ideal receiver in terms of internal noise. An ideal receiver produces thermal noise power defined by noise bandwidth and temperature. In terms of power units, the noise figure F = 10FdB/10. A noise figure of 0 dB indicates that the noise power of a receiver equals the noise power of an ideal receiver. Because an actual receiver cannot exhibit a noise power value less than an ideal receiver, the noise figure is always greater than or equal to one. In decibels, the noise figure must be greater than or equal to zero.
To model the
effect of the receiver preamp on the signal,
the effective system noise temperature by taking
the product of the reference temperature, T, and
the noise figure F in power units. See
systemp for details.
Model Receiver Effects on Sinusoidal Input
phased.ReceiverPreamp System object™ with a gain of 20 dB, a noise figure of 5 dB, and a reference temperature of 290 degrees kelvin.
Note: This example runs only in R2016b or later. If you are using an earlier release, replace each call to the function with the equivalent
step syntax. For example, replace
receiver = phased.ReceiverPreamp('Gain',20,... 'NoiseFigure',5,'ReferenceTemperature',290,... 'SampleRate',1e6,'SeedSource','Property','Seed',1e3);
Assume a 100-Hz sine wave input with an amplitude of 1 microvolt. Because the Phased Array System Toolbox™ assumes that all modeling is done at baseband, use a complex exponential as the input when executing the System object.
t = unigrid(0,0.001,0.1,'[)'); x = 1e-6*exp(1i*2*pi*100*t).'; y = receiver(x);
The output of the
phased.ReceiverPreamp.step method is complex-valued as expected.
Now show how the same output can be produced from the multiplicative amplitude gain and additive noise. First assume that the noise bandwidth equals the sample rate of the receiver preamp (1 MHz). Then, the noise power is equal to:
NoiseBandwidth = receiver.SampleRate; noisepow = physconst('Boltzmann')*... systemp(receiver.NoiseFigure,receiver.ReferenceTemperature)*NoiseBandwidth;
The noise power is the variance of the additive white noise. To determine the correct amplitude scaling of the input signal, note that the gain is 20 dB. Because the loss factor in this case is 0 dB, the scaling factor for the input signal is found by solving the following equation for the multiplicative gain G from the gain in dB, :
G = 10^(receiver.Gain/20)
G = 10
The gain is 10. By scaling the input signal by a factor of ten and adding complex white Gaussian noise with the appropriate variance, you produce an output equivalent to the preceding call to
phased.ReceiverPreamp.step (use the same seed for the random number generation).
rng(1e3); y1 = G*x + sqrt(noisepow/2)*(randn(size(x))+1j*randn(size(x)));
Compare a few values of
disp(y1(1:10) - y(1:10))
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