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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Thandee, Rithirong
URN etd-04192012-222019
Title Ieee 802.15.4 Implementation on an Embedded Device
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dietrich, Carl B. Committee Chair
Reed, Jeffrey Hugh Committee Co-Chair
Hasan, S. M. Shajedul Committee Member
  • IEEE 802.15.4
  • USRP E100
  • UCLA ZigBee PHY
  • Software Defined Radio
Date of Defense 2012-04-10
Availability unrestricted
Software Defined Radio (SDR) is a growing technology that allows radio communication to

become interoperable. SDR can lower the cost for a particular hardware radio to commu-

nicate with another radio that uses a different standard. In order to show the capability of

SDR, this thesis shows how to implement IEEE 802.14.5, a low-rate wireless personal area

network (LR-WPAN) standard, on a standalone embedded machine.

The implementation is done using a universal software radio peripheral embedded, USRP

E100, an open source software development toolkit for SDR, GNU Radio, and UCLA

ZigBee PHY GNU Radio application. The implementation can be done on the regular non-

embedded USRPs. However, without a fast host computer demodulating the packets, the

USRP E100 cannot receive incoming packets. An available FPGA is used to solve this prob-

lem by doing a software-hardware hybrid design to allow the USRP E100 to communicate

with other IEEE 802.15.4 devices. The final product is an IEEE 802.15.4 monitor software

that detects messages from devices communicating using IEEE 802.15.4 in its range. In addi-

tion, recommendations are presented for improving SDR education and training, particularly

for developers with backgrounds in disciplines other than communications engineering.

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