High resolution evaluation algorithms for SAW-identification tags
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Proc. SPIE's 10th Smart Structures and Materials Symposium
The use of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices is a widely adopted method for implementing unique identification tags that operate completely passively and can be interrogated wirelessly. Interrogation can be done in the time- or frequency-domain, where in the latter case bandwidth is a restraining factor. Conventional signal evaluation is based on the fast Fourier transformation (FFT), which suffers from resolution limitations. Modern model-based frequency estimators have been investigated for SAW ID-tag identification. A state-space algorithm is applied to measured data and compared to FFT evaluation results.