Wireless communication technology touches every aspect of our lives because of the proliferation of communication devices such as cellphones, radio, and television.
In the Communications Systems Laboratory, electrical engineering students first learn to characterize fundamental building blocks for communications systems such as mixers, amplifiers, splitters, filters, and oscillators. Next, students combine these components to implement important communication systems functions such as detection of amplitude modulated signals. Finally, during the capstone exercise for this laboratory, students combine these components to form a functioning aircraft band receiver that allows them to monitor conversations from local tower and ground controllers, as well as aircraft that are en-route. The Communication System Laboratory provides students with the hands-on, real-world experience that enables them to take their skills to the next level.
- 8 Dell Optiplex 7020 computers with Intel Core i7 processors and solid-state drives
- 4 Fluke 6061A synthesized RF signal generators
- 1 HP 4195A network/spectrum analyzer
- 1 Advantest 3265A spectrum analyzer
- 1 Fluke PM 6303 RLC meter
- 8 HP 339A distortion measurement set
- 8 Fluke 1912A frequency counter
- 8 HP 4332A power meter
- 10 Tektronix 2215A 60 MHz analog oscilloscope
- 8 GW Instek dual output DC power supplies
- Mini-circuits amplifiers, splitters, mixers, etc.
- Cables, connectors, test leads, etc.