The low power re-configurable SDR transmitters and receivers featuring power optimization capability depending on the required BER, high modulation frequencies have great potential in current and future NASA missions. Besides targeted application for CONNECT experiment installed on ISS, proposed all-digital SDR transceiver is directly applicable to a systems seeking autonomous operation such as deep space communication radios. NASA missions using Ku band, such as OIB (airborne program for precise sea and ice elevation monitoring) will also benefit from proposed SDR architecture which will increase their accuracy.
In addition to its primary application in space communication systems, the proposed wideband SDR transceiver and its building blocks will be targeting other commercial and military related markets which require high speed capture, digitization, and synthesis of wideband signals. Commercial applications include wireless (WiMAX, 3G, 4G) and fiber optic communication (40G and 100G Ethernet). The projected ramp-up of 100G Ethernet technologies will raise industry demand for capable test equipment. The direct conversion architecture of the proposed transceiver provides the flexibility needed for testing equipment. Therefore, it has great commercialization potential in this market segment. Possible military applications include high speed, secure communication and data transmission systems and millimeter-resolution radars.