Education & Training

PROTOTYPE PROGRAMME: RF architectures for software radio transceivers in defence environments

Format: Online

Language: English

EQF level: 7

Instructor: Mateo Burgos

Hours: 2h synchronous lectures + 1h asynchronous test + 10 h individual design work

Host institution: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

Description of the course

Software Defined Radio is the new paradigm in radio communication receivers. This technology is growing in an exponential way and it is changing completely the way of designing, prototyping and exploiting communication transceivers.

In this very short course an introduction about SDR is provided and the main architectures are presented, specially focussing in their operation in defence environments, where they have to face a crowded spectrum and the possibility of hostile interference. The current status of technology and challenges are also presented.


  • To learn what are the capabilities and limitations of this technology
  • To develop the skills for sketching a high level architecture of a SDR RF transceiver
  • To link the limitations of the individual devices to the overall performance in defence environments

Pre-requisites: General knowledge on communications systems, analog to digital conversion, digital electronics, signal theory an radio architectures


21 June 2023

16:00 – 17:00 

-Introduction to SDR: capabilities and limitations (0,5h)
-The analog fron-end of an SDR. Arquitechtures (0,5h)

22 June 2023

16:00 – 17:00

-ADC and DAC specifications (0,5h)
-Direct Digital Synthesis (0,5h)

23 June 2023  

-Asynchronous test (1 h max)

26-30 June 2023

-Individual design activity (10 hours at home, on line tutorships)

This programme is focused on:

  • Professionals working in Defence & AeroSpace Industry (up-skilling and re-skilling activities)
  • More focused on project advisors and high level designers than on technicians
  • Also useful for graduate students willing to learn about this technology

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge about software defined radio capabilities and its limitations in defence environments
  • Knowledge about the technologies employed in SDR front-ends, and its current state of the art
  • Perform a high-level design of a Software Defined Radio front-end transceiver

IMPORTANT: This programme is EXCLUSIVE FOR partners of the ASSETs+ Consortium and members of our Network. If you want to become part of our ecosystem, you just have to fill out a 2 minute form here before signing up for the course below.