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Using COTS Equipment to Generate Complex Radar Signals

Using COTS Equipment to Generate Complex Radar Signals (On-Demand Webinar)

February 27, 2020 | 14:00 - 15:00 EST (19:00 - 20:00 UTC)

Using COTS Equipment to Generate Complex Radar Signals (On-Demand Recording)

Recorded on February 27, 2020

Teams that design, operate, and maintain advanced radar receivers often rely upon custom transmitters to perform testing and evaluation work. However, advances in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) technology have resulted in a range of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) waveform generators that can simulate real-life emitters and validate cutting-edge RF systems.

This webinar will explore how engineers and operators can use flexible COTS waveform generation technology to accelerate their development of radar receiver systems. Specific topics of the webinar include:

  • Generating and manipulating the building blocks of radar waveforms: continuous waveform (CW) pulses, pulse compression, frequency hops, Barker codes, and staggered pulse repetition intervals
  • Layering waveform features to effectively simulate frequency hopping, spread-spectrum wideband pulses, and multi-emitter environments
  • Using sequencers to generate complex waveforms and scenarios with modest system memory requirements

Alan Wolke is a Tektronix Senior Field Applications Engineer who specializes in RF technology. Since 2006 his work has focused on military and government applications such as radar and Electronic Warfare (EW). Before joining Tektronix, Alan held engineering roles in multiple technical industries, to include high-speed fiber optics and hard disk storage. Alan earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1985. In addition to his work supporting RF engineers in the defense industry, Alan also operates a YouTube channel on which he shares his passion for electronics, radio, and test and measurements. The instructional videos he publishes on this channel have received over ten million views.

Alan Wolke

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