Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.

Faculty Advisor

Makarov, Sergey N.


In this project, we are trying to detect the direction of arrival of incoming radiation in the far-field region. To achieve this, we implemented a very flexible and low cost wideband 8x1 phased array antenna receiver system that performs digital beamforming. We designed and built ten aperture coupled patch antennas, radio-frequency (RF) front ends and intermediate-frequency (IF) stage blocks for each channel. Finally, we stored the data in the first-in-first-out (FIFO) memory placed on a Vertex6 FPGA on which we synthesized a microblaze microcontroller that uses SPI to control programmable RF devices and transfers data to the computer for further processing. Super-resolution direction of arrival and model order detection algorithms were implemented to perform the digital beamforming.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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