Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 1

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston), and welcome to the inaugural edition of the Emissions monthly e-newsletter! We hope that via this periodic electronic publication, the SDR-Boston community can be kept up-to-date with the latest developments in software-defined radio technology and its applications, both from the New England area and around the world. Do you have something to share with the rest of the SDR-Boston community, drop us an email via sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu.

Local News

RTL-SDR Support from MathWorks

On January 13 2014, MathWorks announced the release of a support package for the Communications System Toolbox that supports RTL-SDR radio. RTL-SDR is a low cost hardware platform with an extensive set of hardware connectivity solutions . With RTL-SDR hardware, users can receive and decode real-world radio signals, and prototype systems that process real-time wireless signals in MATLAB / Simulink. For more information, please go to www.mathworks.com/hardware-support/rtl-sdr.html.

Upcoming Events


The fourth instalment of the New England Workshop on Software-Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2014) will be held on Friday 6 June 2014 at the Photonics Center of Boston University. This year, Professor Jeffrey Reed of Virginia Tech will be giving the keynote presentation, in addition to technical presentations, hardware demonstrations, and an industry discussion panel. Interested in giving a technical presentation? Would your company like to sponsor NEWSDR 2014? Want to know more about this event? Check out the NEWSDR 2014 website by clicking here.

Cognitive Radio Seminar at WPI

Professor Mieczyslaw Kokar (Northeastern University) will be giving a seminar, entitled: “Cognitive Radio: Beyond Dynamic Spectrum Access”, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday 27 February 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Room AK233. The abstract for this seminar is as follows:

“Electromagnetic spectrum is a very valuable resource. Thus the current focus of work on cognitive radio technologies on Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) is clearly well justified. However, as envisioned in the original conceptualization of cognitive radio, other communication objectives can be achieved by making radios smarter and more flexible. In this talk various ways of achieving the flexibility of radios will be discussed, with emphasis on approaches based on declarative representations of radio knowledge in formal languages and (logical) inference-­‐based processing. In particular, cognitive radio will be presented as an intelligent agent whose performance depends on other communication nodes and thus its performance optimization must be done collaboratively. This in turn requires flexible signaling that goes beyond the fixed communication protocols.”

SDR News from Around the World

Inmarsat BGAN SDR Waveform Receives SCA Compliance Certification

Inmarsat Government has announced that its Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) Software Defined Radio (SDR) waveform received Software Communications Architecture (SCA) compliance certification from the Joint Tactical Radio System Test and Evaluation Laboratory (JTRS JTEL). Find out more by clicking here.

Shared Spectrum Company to Exhibit at Super Wi-Fi Summit in Miami

Shared Spectrum Company (SSC), the leading developer of embedded RF spectrum sensing software products and Dynamic Spectrum Access technologies, announced today that it will be showcasing its SpectrumBug™ sensor and Spectrum Sensing Toolbox embedded software product at Super Wi-Fi & Shared Spectrum Summit, January 29-31, 2014, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. Find out more by clicking here.

NXP Introduces Multistandard Co-Processor

Digital Radio Mondiale has announced that DRM Consortium member, NXP Semiconductors, has introduced a multistandard software-defined radio co-processor capable of decoding all three major digital terrestrial radio standards — DRM, HD Radio and DAB/DAB+/T-DMB. Find out more by clicking here.



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