Glossary Definition for Received-Signal-Strength-Indicator

Glossary Term: Received-Signal-Strength-Indicator 

Definition

Received Signal Strength Indicator (or Indication): A signal or circuit that indicates the strength of the incoming (received) signal in a receiver. (The signal strength indicator on a cell phone display is a common example).

RSSI is often done in the IF stage before the IF amplifier. In zero-IF systems, it is done in the baseband signal chain, before the baseband amplifier.

RSSI output is often a DC analog level. It can also be sampled by an internal ADC and the resulting codes available directly or via peripheral or internal processor bus.

Synonyms
  • Received Signal Strength Indication
  • Received Signal Strength Indicator

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