Multicarrier OpenBTS on UmTRX

Srdjan Milenkovic s.milenkovic at
Mon Oct 29 13:19:08 UTC 2012

Hi Alexander,

It is IQ imbalance indeed. It has to be corrected in BB. I believe you 
have access to the document:

"LMS6002D Improving transceiver performance using digital techniques 

It may be useful. Also, we recommend to implement RX DC auto 
cancellation as explained in section 3.3 of the same document. This 
should solve RX LO leakage issue.

We usually measure < -60dBc unwanted image level when IQ imbalance is 

Regards, Srdjan

On 29/10/2012 12:33, Alexander Chemeris wrote:
> Hi Srdjan,
> Have you seen a question at the end of this e-mail, regarding the LMS
> calibration?
> To me it looks like a result of the I/Q imbalance which we should
> compensate at the baseband level. Is that correct?
> On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM, Thomas Tsou <ttsou at> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I spent some time yesterday testing UmTRX with MCBTS. Aside from some
>> trivial fixes (inverted sample rate), the code ran fine with no
>> issues. The default bandwidth of the LPF was insufficient, so that was
>> widened. I tested with 9 handsets between 3 and 7 carriers on a Core2
>> Duo (P7570) laptop.
>>    git:// umtrx
>> Configuration is through sqlite database, which is unchanged from
>> mainline; just set the number of ARFCN (7 max) and C1 channels.
>> Because of the bandwidth involved, be sure to increase the maximum
>> buffer sizes for UHD. The uhd_usrp_probe utility will warn if the
>> target size cannot be set.
>> Design
>> =====
>> There are three resampling stages.
>> 1. Outer resampler converts from the device rate to a multiple of the
>> 400 kHz channel spacing.
>> 2. Channelizer demultiplexes input stream to M channels
>> 3. Inner resampler converts from 400 kHz to a multiple of the GSM symbol rate.
>> UmTRX rates:
>> Channelizer Rate   Device Rate  Decimation
>>     1.6 Msps            1.625 Msps         8
>>     3.2 Msps            3.250 Msps         4
>> Options
>> ======
>> To broadcast dummy bursts on all carriers for spectrum testing,
>> uncomment the following preprocessor declaration in radioParams.h.
>> With dummy bursts on all carriers:
>> Calibration
>> ========
>> Calibration remains a concern. With single carrier, the carrier
>> leakage and and IQ imbalance appear as in-band distortion. For MCBTS,
>> OpenBTS offsets C0 on to the lowest carrier. This makes the carrier
>> and image quite visible, as shown in the following uncalibrated
>> capture. I checked with a swept tone to verify that this issue was not
>> a result of baseband DSP. The USRP also shows similar effects.
>> Any idea how much carrier and image suppression we should expect with
>> calibration on UmTRXv2?
>>    Thomas

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