In this article, a novel Software-Defined Radio (SDR) based
wireless communication systems laboratory is introduced.
The laboratory teaches students how to design, test, and
simulate SDR based wireless systems using modern
instrumentation and computer aided design software. The
laboratory mainly discusses signal characteristics in multiple
domains such as time, spectrum, modulation, and code
leading to the concept of multi-dimensional signal analysis.
Multi-dimensional signal analysis is very important to
understand challenges and trade-offs introduced by
emerging wireless technologies. Learning multi-dimensional
signal analysis helps students grasp difficult wireless
concepts in laboratory environment.
Wireless technologies and services have evolved
significantly over the last couple of decades, from simple
paging to real-time voice communication and recently to
very high rate data communication. Recently, software-
defined radio (SDR) gained significant interest in the