Course Title: Introduction to Software Defined Radio (SDR)

Course Overview: This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of Software Defined Radio (SDR), a revolutionary technology that enables flexible and adaptable radio communication systems. Participants will learn about the basic principles, components, and applications of SDR, as well as hands-on experience with SDR hardware and software tools.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the basic principles and concepts of Software Defined Radio.
  2. Learn about the architecture and components of Software Defined Radio systems.
  3. Explore the advantages and applications of Software Defined Radio technology.
  4. Gain practical experience with SDR hardware and software tools.
  5. Develop skills in configuring and operating software-defined radio systems.
  6. Explore advanced topics and emerging trends in Software Defined Radio.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Software-Defined Radio

  • Overview of traditional radio systems
  • Evolution and Benefits of Software Defined Radio
  • Basic concepts and terminology of SDR

Module 2: Architecture of Software-Defined Radio

  • Hardware components: RF front-end, analog-to-digital converter (ADC), digital signal processor (DSP), etc.
  • Software components: software frameworks, signal processing algorithms, etc.
  • Comparison with traditional radio architectures

Module 3: Applications of Software Defined Radio

  • Communication systems: wireless communication, amateur radio, public safety, etc.
  • Signal intelligence and surveillance
  • Spectrum monitoring and management

Module 4: Hands-on Experience with SDR

  • Introduction to SDR hardware platforms (e.g., USRP, HackRF)
  • Overview of SDR software tools (e.g., GNU Radio, SDR#)
  • Basic operation and configuration of SDR systems

Module 5: Advanced Topics in Software Defined Radio

  • Digital signal processing techniques in SDR
  • Frequency and time synchronization
  • Multi-antenna techniques (MIMO) in SDR

Module 6: Emerging Trends in Software Defined Radio

  • Cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access
  • Internet of Things (IoT) applications
  • Future directions and challenges in SDR technology

Course Project: Participants will work on a hands-on project where they will design and implement a basic Software Defined Radio application using SDR hardware and software tools. The project will involve tasks such as signal reception, processing, and transmission, allowing participants to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course.

Assessment: Assessment will be based on participation in class discussions, completion of assignments, and the final project demonstration.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of radio communication principles and digital signal processing concepts is recommended but not required. Familiarity with programming languages such as Python would be beneficial for hands-on exercises.