I'm trying to read a LF(Low Frequency) transponder, it works in the following manner: It uses load modulation, the receiver generate the carrier and the transponder modulates it using magnetic coupling(like a electrical transformer). The tag being read switch a load (resistance) and it changes the carrier's amplitude like can be seen in the figure modulation_1. The information being modulated, as can be seen, is very weak compared to carrier's amplitude. The carrier frequency has 125kHz and the base band signal has a 20kHz bandwidth. The figure modulation_2 the signals were sketched in frequency domain. I have only a dsp to process this signal and a conditioner circuit to put the signal received in an appropriate voltage level. I assume that amplitude demodulation would be a better approach to solve the problem. After the sampled signal go through the filter I perform a amplitude level comparison to decide in wich logical level to translate in bits( I determine this level experimentally ). But, this is not being good enough, the amplitude level after filtering is very low and there is a DC( constant value) component present after filtering. The level of amplitude can vary to diferent tags being read and the comparison to detect the logic level may not be a robust approach. To design the low pass filter I used a windowed sinc with window function Kaiser-Bessel. Frequency sample of 900 kHz, -3dB frequency of 30kHz and 12 taps(coeficients).I'm using dsPIC33EP it's sampling rate can reach up to 1MHz and the DSP core can reach up to 70 MIPS. Please, I don't know what to do anymore, so, whatever tip will be very appreciated.
Try to measure the load current.
I am not really an expert but the problem sounds interesting. But I have some questions about this. And please apologize my simple english. 1) Why do you use such a high samplerate? This would make it harder to design a good lowpass because the corner frequency is narrower to the edges of the passband. 2) What is the amplitude range of the signal and how many bits are used? 3) What kind of signal is that? Is that something like a Manchester code? Is it free of DC bias? In this case you can use a simple moving average to get a decision threshold. 4) And why you are using only a 12 tap FIR? Is this a hardware limitation? If so I think you should also try to calculate a 14 tap filter and use a Von-Han, Lanczos or a Cosine window. These windows will make the first and the last coefficient to be zero and so I think they don't need to be realized in hardware. In the last point I may be completely wrong, just an idea.
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ok, I'm not an expert either, far from it. I'll apologize for my bad english, it is not good too. Anyway, thank you in advance for your attention. 1) I used a high sample rate, it was at the begining, because when I used I thought it would be better, but when I used a lower sample rate, but still respecting the Nyquist sampling, I didn't observed any considerable improvement. I used a 500kHz sampling rate either, and it was better, but not so much. I really would like to slower the sample rate and have a better performance of the filter. 2) It is a LF RFID, the amplitude is not fixed, can vary, it depends on the tag being read, but it doesn't exceeds 3.3V. 3) Well, the coding used will be dependant of the tag being read, it can be Manchester, NRZ maybe others I don't know exactly. But, about the DC bias, I can say that after perform the filtering the resulting signal has a DC component, it it is being a very bad problem because the DC component is not fixed. At the begining, before transmission and carrier generation, it has a fixed value, but when comunication starts with the tag present, the DC offset changes. So it depends of the tag being read and it's phisical placement in the device. So, I cant remove only measuring the DC offset at the begining and subtracting it from the samples. It is bad because the modulated amplitude is very low compared to the carrier's amplitude and after sampling it still remains low and, because of the DC compenet I can't apply a gain. 4) I dindn't followed any criterion to determine the amount of taps, I just observed that it made difference until 8 taps after that, increasing the number of taps did not make any better, I even got to use 32 taps but it did not become better. After the pass filter I tried to use a DC blocker filter, and the many taps on the low pass filter decreased the performance, so I decided to use only 12.
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