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Stephan Kruse, Christian Kress, Agon Memedi, Claas Tebruegge, Muhammad Sohaib Amjad, Christoph Scheytt and Falko Dressler, "Design of an Automotive Visible Light Communications Link using an Off-The-Shelf LED Headlight," Proceedings of 16th GMM/ITG-Symposium ANALOG 2018, Munich, Germany, September 2018.


We present a transmitter circuit to drive a commercial white Light-Emitting Diode (LED) headlight for automotive Visible Light Communication (VLC). Based on the design of the presented transmitter (Tx), a design methodology for VLC transmitters is presented. Furthermore, a complete wireless VLC link is built using the GNU Radio signal processing tool chain and demonstrated on an Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP). The Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of the system is below 5% for a wide input voltage range and the 1 dB compression point (P1dB) is at 1.02V, which makes the circuit attractive for more advanced modulation formates like Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) or Pulse-Amplitude Modulation (PAM).

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Stephan Kruse
Christian Kress
Agon Memedi
Claas Tebruegge
Muhammad Sohaib Amjad
Christoph Scheytt
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Kruse, Stephan and Kress, Christian and Memedi, Agon and Tebruegge, Claas and Amjad, Muhammad Sohaib and Scheytt, Christoph and Dressler, Falko},
    title = {{Design of an Automotive Visible Light Communications Link using an Off-The-Shelf LED Headlight}},
    publisher = {VDE},
    address = {Munich, Germany},
    booktitle = {16th GMM/ITG-Symposium ANALOG 2018},
    month = {9},
    year = {2018},

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