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Laboratory Exercise On Demodulation Of Pam Signal

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.671.1 - 6.671.6



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James Garner

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Willie Ofosu

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Session 1426

Laboratory Exercise on Demodulation Of PAM signal

Willie Ofosu - Penn State Wilkes-Barre James Garner, David Metz - Penn State Altoona


Pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) is used extensively in telecommunications as an intermediate step of other techniques such as phase shift keying (PSK), quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) and pulse code modulation (PCM)1. PAM however is an amplitude modulated (AM) form of a pulse carrier2, and hence has all the advantages and disadvantages of the purely analog AM, a major disadvantage being noise. PAM can be time-division multiplexed (TDM), as can pulse code modulation (PCM) which is a digital signal. TDM is one of the multiplexing techniques used in telephony (the other is space- division multiplexing). PAM is used as a first step in converting voice signal to PCM in the public switched telephone network (PSTN), and is also used to produce high-level modulation schemes for data modems and digital radio. High-level modulation is done in the output circuit of the radio frequency (RF) power amplifier stage, and is more efficient than low-level modulation. PCM is used for long-distance telecommunications, making PAM an important pulse modulation technique in communications systems.


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Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education. This project was sponsored by the Minority Office and SETCE of Penn State University.

Garner, J., & Metz, D., & Ofosu, W. (2001, June), Laboratory Exercise On Demodulation Of Pam Signal Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9494

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