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 Keywords
- IEEE 802.15.4
- USRP E100
- UCLA ZigBee PHY
- Software Defined Radio
Date of Defense 2012-04-10 Availability unrestricted AbstractSoftware 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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