25 years of network access technologies: from voice to internet; the changing face of telecommunications

Bremner, Duncan James (2015) 25 years of network access technologies: from voice to internet; the changing face of telecommunications. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This work contributes to knowledge in the field of semiconductor system architectures, circuit design and implementation, and communications protocols. The work starts by describing the challenges of interfacing legacy analogue subscriber loops to an electronic circuit contained within the Central Office (Telephone Exchange) building. It then moves on to describe the globalisation of the telecom network, the demand for software programmable devices to enable system customisation cost effectively, and the creation of circuit and system blocks to realise this. The work culminates in the application challenges of developing a wireless RF front end, including antenna, for an Ultra Wideband communications systems applications. This thesis illustrates how higher levels of integration over the period of 1981 to 2010 have influenced the realisation of complex system level products, particularly analogue signal processing capabilities for communications applications. There have been many publications illustrating the impact of technology advancement from an economic or technology perspective. The thesis shows how technology advancement has impacted the physical realisation of semiconductor products over the period, at system, circuit, and physical implementation levels.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: "The work represents the published work by the author in the field of communications over a 28 year career industry developing products to address a global market" --Preface.
Keywords: Semiconductors, telecommunications, network access
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: ., . .
Date of Award: 2015
Depositing User: Dr Duncan Bremner
Unique ID: glathesis:2015-6670
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 10:29
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 16:02
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/6670

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