Date

6-2013

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

Dennis Derickson

Abstract

This report examines the application of a low-noise amplifier module for a Global Positioning System (GPS). This low-noise amplifier module helps allow the carrier signal to get the amplification needed to give a smoother analog to digital conversion. However, the frequency range of the GPS spectrum reaches up to 1.6GHz, where component noise becomes an issue and can create a disrupted signal. This low-noise amplifier needs to create a reasonable gain, while achieving a low noise figure. An amplifier with high gain and low noise figure becomes difficult because they create a design trade-off, higher the gain brings higher the noise figure. This report shows the trade-offs of gain and noise figure and a way of designing a reasonable amplifier for higher frequencies.

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