RE: [SI-LIST] : Spread spectrum project

Ingraham, Andrew (Andrew.Ingraham@compaq.com)
Tue, 12 Oct 1999 08:54:07 -0700

Is it a necessary objective to produce a fully working system? Or to be
like a "real life" research project, see just what you can and cannot do,
learn from it, and report on your recommendations?

The result of your research might be to conclude that it is impractical
given whatever constraints you have, along with a roadmap for how one might
get around those constraints. That does not necessarily mean failure.
Unless your course defines it as such.

There is something to be said for attempting the most challenging,
impossible-looking project you can find. Would you learn nearly as much by
doing a cookie-cutter project that you know you can do with your eyes
closed? Not only do we learn from our mistakes, but as engineers we need to
learn how to benefit from attempts that do not always pan out.

>I'm going into my 4th (final) year of a B. Eng
>(Aerospace/Avionics). One of the projects I'm
>considering is a 2.4-2.6GHz spread spectrum system.
>The system cannot output more than 5W, and will be
>used primarily for digital video transmission. It may
>be necessary in the future for this system to transmit
>multiple data streams (ie video, telemetry, control).
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