System-level characterization of single-chip radios for wireless sensor network applications

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Abstract

We tested three single-chip ISM-band radio transceivers with an eye toward communication system-level performance in wireless sensor network applications. We compared the performance of an older-generation chip (Texas Instruments TRF6900A) with two recent chips (Texas Instruments CC1100 and Analog Devices ADF7020). To understand packet-level sensitivity and the potential gains of forward error-control coding, we evaluated the packet error rate and bit error rate statistics as a function of received signal power at two data rates. We characterized features - automatic frequency control, digital received signal strength indication (RSSI), and digital transmit power control - of the two newer chips. We also modeled and evaluated their current consumption and energy efficiency (in terms of per-bit energy use). We found that the new-generation radio chips have significantly higher integration and overall performance, and that radio chip selection for wireless sensor node design is application-dependent. Our work can be used as a design pattern for further testing of additional and future radios for wireless sensor network nodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 18 2009
Event2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009 - Clearwater, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 20 2009Apr 21 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009

Other

Other2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009
CountryUnited States
CityClearwater, FL
Period4/20/094/21/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    He, Y., & Flikkema, P. G. (2009). System-level characterization of single-chip radios for wireless sensor network applications. In 2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009 [5207295] (2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009). https://doi.org/10.1109/WAMICON.2009.5207295