Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 2

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)!, Here is your March 2014 edition of the Emissions monthly e-newsletter, which summarizes some the latest developments in software-defined radio technology from the New England area and around the world. If you have something to share with the rest of the SDR-Boston community, please drop us an email via sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu.

Local News

Analog Devices Unveils Two More Software-Defined Radio Platform Solutions

Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, announced today two software-defined radio (SDR) platform solutions and ecosystems. This brings its portfolio to four platform solutions that simplify rapid SDR system prototyping and development in applications ranging from defense electronics, RF instrumentation, communications infrastructure and open-source SDR development projects. Find out more by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Distinguished Line-Up of Keynote/Invited Speakers at NEWSDR 2014

Professor Jeffrey Reed of Virginia Tech will be giving the keynote presentation at the 2014 New England Workshop on Software-Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2014), to be held on Friday 6 June 2014 at the Photonics Center of Boston University. Furthermore, Mr. Marcus Leech of Science Radio Laboratories / Shirleys Bay Radio Astronomy Consortium and Dr. Zoran Zvonar of MediaTek Wireless will be giving invited presentations, These three distinguished speakers will complement the assortment of technical presentations (oral and poster), hardware demonstrations, and an industry discussion panel all scheduled to take place at NEWSDR 2014. To find out more about NEWSDR 2014, check out the workshop website by clicking here.

Submit Your Abstract Now to NEWSDR 2014

Do you have something interesting to share with the rest of the SDR community in New England?  Do you have a unique way of using SDR technology or a unique application involving SDR? If so, please consider submitting an abstract for either an oral or a poster presentation at NEWSDR 2014.  Abstract submissions to NEWSDR 2014 are now being solicited for oral and poster presentations, and are due by 15 April 2014.  Submissions can be made by clicking here.

Cognitive Radio Seminar at WPI (Rescheduled)

Professor Mieczyslaw Kokar (Northeastern University) will be giving a seminar, entitled: “Cognitive Radio: Beyond Dynamic Spectrum Access”, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday 17 April 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

Software Defined Radios feature Kintex-7 FPGA

Available in desktop or rack-mountable half-wide 1U form factor, Model USRP X300 uses XC7K325T Kintex-7 FPGA, while Model USRP X310 is based on larger XC7K410T Kintex-7 FPGA. Both combine 2 RF transceivers covering DC-6 GHz with up to 120 MHz bandwidth. Both feature multiple high-speed interface options, including PCI Express, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and dual 1 Gigabit Ethernet. Find out more by clicking here.

Virginia Tech Researchers Develop New Wireless Technologies for Hospitals

To address the challenges of the increasingly cluttered wireless spectrum and identify related applications, Wireless@Virginia Tech is partnering with the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research and the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative to form the Spectrum Management Research Testbed for Healthcare Group.  Find out more by clicking here.

MiniPCIe Card SDR Platform

Epiq Solutions, an engineering firm specializing in the development of flexible wireless communications systems, has announced their next generation software defined radio platform called Sidekiq.  Measuring just 31mm x 50mm x 5mm, Sidekiq is a MiniPCIe card that can be interfaced to a wide range of host computing platforms that currently support MiniPCIe, including laptops, tablets, and other embedded computing systems  Find out more by clicking here.

SDR Teams with Global Humanitarian Organization

Codan Radio Communications, a division of Codan Limited (ASX-CDA) has announced the successful deployment of their Envoy High Frequency (HF) Software Defined Radio (SDR) with a leading global humanitarian organisation. Find out more by clicking here.

DoD Releases Electromagnetic Spectrum Study

The Department of Defense announced Thursday the release of its Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy (EMS) to increase available spectrum in order to meet growing demand from the commercial wireless industry while maintaining critical military capabilities. Find out more by clicking here.

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