Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 4

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your May 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’ Software-Defined Radio Transceiver Named a Winner of UBM Tech’s Prestigious Ace Award in Wireless/RF Category

Analog Devices, Inc. announced that its breakthrough software-defined radio (SDR) transceiver technology has been recognized by EE Times and EDN with a 2014 UBM Tech ACE Award in the Wireless/RF Ultimate Product category. Supporting a variety of SDR platforms, the AD9361 RF Agile Transceiver™ was honored at an awards ceremony at The Fairmont San Jose during the EELive! show, where it was chosen by a panel comprised of leading academics, industry executives and content experts. Find out more by clicking here.

Hands-On Peer Review of a 2014 IEEE DySPAN Paper

Dr. Tom Rondeau, Maintainer of GNU Radio, recently implemented in GNU Radio a spectrally agile waveform approach proposed by a New England industrial/university collaborative effort in a technical paper presented at the 7th IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN 2014), the leading international conference dedicated to the advancement of cutting-edge dynamic spectrum access network technologies and associated regulatory policies.  For details of his implementation, check out Dr. Rondeau’s blog posting by clicking here.

Submission Deadline Approaching for Cognitive Radio Security Workshop

The 1 June 2014 paper submission deadline for the First International Workshop on Cognitive Radio and Electromagnetic Spectrum Security (CRESS 2014), held in conjunction with the 2014 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS 2014), is rapidly approaching. For workshop information and submission details, please click here.

Upcoming Events

Register Now for NEWSDR 2014!

Interested in checking out the latest and greatest in SDR technology and its applications?  Want to know more about what is happening across the SDR community in New England?  Want to see what companies such as the MathWorks, National Instruments, Ettus Research LLC, Analog Devices, MediaTek, and Range Networks are up to regarding their latest products? If so, register now for NEWSDR 2014, which will be held on 6 June 2014 at Boston University!  Details of this workshop are available by clicking here.  Register online now using the following link.

SDR News from Around the World

Building A Software Defined Radio With A Teensy

Rich (VE3MKC) has been wanting to get into Software Defined Radio for a while now, but didn’t want to go the usual PC route. He initially thought the Raspberry Pi would be the best platform for a small, embedded device that could manipulate audio, but after discovering the ARM-powered Teensy 3.0, had an entirely different project in mind.  Find out more by clicking here.

NI Intros USRP RIO Next-Gen Wireless Prototyping Platform

National Instruments announced an integrated software defined radio solution for rapidly prototyping high-performance, multichannel wireless communication systems.  The NI USRP RIO platform is built on the NI LabVIEW RIO architecture and combines a high-performance 2 x 2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) RF transceiver capable of transmitting and receiving signals from 50 MHz to 6 GHz with an open LabVIEW programmable FPGA architecture. Find out more by clicking here.

Announcing Adafruit’s Software Defined Radio Receiver USB Stick

If you’ve ever been curious about software defined radio (SDR), this USB stick is the easiest way possible to have fun with a powerful, configurable receiver. Packed with the powerful RTL2832U and R820T tuner, it can tune into signals from 24MHz to 1850MHz.  Find out more by clicking here.

Radio Wrestlers Fight It Out at the DARPA Spectrum Challenge

The words engineering and sports aren’t usually used in the same sentence, and the two activities usually don’t happen in the same room. But they were, and they did, last week at the DARPA Spectrum Challenge, held at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency headquarters in Arlington, Va.  Find out more by clicking here.

Blog: Spectrum Should Be Shared

Most of today’s available spectrum is not being used or shared efficiently because today’s regulatory policies are static, driven by efforts to minimize interference. We desperately need new regulations that enable dynamic allocation of shared spectrum.  Find out more by clicking here.

US Wireless Users May Get to Share Military Spectrum

The U.S. military might have to share its radar frequencies with mobile broadband providers under a plan the Federal Communications Commission continued to flesh out this week under the catchy name Citizens Broadband Radio Service.  Find out more by clicking here.

Lime Microsystems: bladeRF, Legba Partner on First Software Defined Mobile Network

YateBTS developer Legba and bladeRF creator Nuand have announced a partnership to give access to the 3.5 billion people worldwide with no access to a mobile connection.  The partnership brings together Legba’s open source software for 2.5G networks with Nuand’s software defined radio, based on Lime Microsystems’ fully programmable RF transceiver technology. This has resulted in the release of YateBTS 3.0. Find out more by clicking here.

 

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