Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 7

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your August 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

Synchronized RF transceiver rapid prototyping kit for software defined radio

Analog Devices claims to offer the industry’s first software-defined radio (SDR) rapid prototyping kit with dual 2 x 2 AD9361 RF transceivers, to simplify and rapidly prototype 4 x 4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) wireless transceiver applications on the XilinxZynq7000 All Programmable SoC development platforms.  Find out more by clicking here.

Raytheon to Add Software-Defined Radio on Army Helicopters

Raytheon will update radio systems on U.S. Army helicopters with the RT-1987, a software-defined radio that is part of the company’s SkyFire product line and features both cryptography tools and Mobile User Objective System support.  Find out more by clicking here.

SDR News from Around the World

Reception of FUNcube-2 Ham Radio Beacon

The amateur radio FUNcube-2 telemetry beacon on the UK Space Agency’s UKube-1 satellite has been activated.  Many stations, who have their FUNcube Dongle Software Defined Radio (SDR) setup to automatically receive telemetry signals from FUNcube-1, will have noticed that they are now also seeing the telemetry from the FUNcube-2 sub-system which is flying on-board the UKube-1 CubeSat. Find out more by clicking here.

Mimosa Networks Launches Its First Gigabit Wireless Products

Mimosa Networks is finally ready to help make gigabit wireless technology a reality. The company, which recently came out of stealth, is launching a series of products that it hopes to sell to a new generation of wireless ISPs. Find out more by clicking here.

Whisper Shouts Flexibility Sacrificed in Pursuit of Volume

The latest radio processing unit (RPU) architecture from Imagination Technologies is clearly demonstrating the impact of the Internet of Things on the design of IP and system on chip (SoC) devices. Find out more by clicking here.

Japan’s NICT Conducts TV Band ‘White Space’ Testing in London

RF source database used to control spectrum access and prevent interference in London, England. Find out more by clicking here.

FCC Challenges Verizon Wireless on Data Throttling

The Federal Communications Commission has sent a strongly worded letter to Verizon Wireless asking why the company has made it a policy to throttle customers with unlimited data plans. Find out more by clicking here.

HF on the RTL2838U SDR Dongle

Sandeep Baruah VU2MUE has made a video of HF reception on his RTL-SDR Dongle using a NooElec HF to VHF upconvertor. Find out more by clicking here.

New Book for Hams About Software Defined Radio

A book for amateur radio operators and short wave listeners who want to know more about SDR has just been published. It is called “An Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio”. Find out more by clicking here.

Latta among those introducing Wi-Fi bill

House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-Ohio), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-California), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo (D-California) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-California) introduced the Wi-Fi Innovation Act, legislation that addresses growing spectrum demand by examining ways to improve spectrum efficiency and maximize its use. Find out more by clicking here.

Brazil’s CPqD develops cognitive radio system

Brazilian R&D company CPqD has completed the development of a system of cognitive radios that will help expand access to broadband internet in the country, through the use of wireless access network technologies. Find out more by clicking here.

Murata Joins the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Murata, a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of electronic components and solutions is the latest member to join the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. Find out more by clicking here.


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