Progress on Analogue Front end for 2PAD

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Abstract

The medium of RF signal transfer adopted for 2PAD was twisted pair differential signal cabling. While intended to demonstrate a low cost solution, the technique has brought with it several challenges, not least in terms of the losses and phase
skew introduced. Some interesting engineering challenges have been faced along the way to delivering usable signals to the DSP Engineers. Faced with an aggressive RFI environment, with strong TV and GSM broadcast signals, a small, reasonably quiet band was exploited. A review of the RFI shielding policy has been required to maintain stability in the gain stages of the analogue system.
An effective cabinet RFI barrier has been successfully demonstrated. Future work through PrepSKA will explore alternative cabling solutions, such as coaxial and optical fibre, with the intention of evaluating the main contenders against the cost, power, and performance requirements for SKA.
Original languageEnglish
Article number044
Pages (from-to)267-272
JournalProceedings of Science
Volume132
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

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