Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 9

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

Upcoming Events

IEEE VTC 2015 Fall in Boston: Submit Papers, Present Tutorials, Volunteer, Attend

The 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC 2015 Fall) will be hosted in Boston 6-9 September 2015.  This semi-annual flagship conference of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society will bring together individuals from academia, government, and industry to discuss and exchange ideals in the fields of wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology. The conference will feature world-class plenary speakers, tutorials, and technical as well as application sessions.  Consider presenting your latest research findings or give a half-day tutorial at this conference (tentative submission deadline = 1 February 2015).  Furthermore, if you would like to help out with the conference, please let us know.

Save-the-Date: NEWSDR 2015 – 22 May 2015

Looking forward to the fifth annual New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2015)?  If so, please save the following date: Friday 22 May 2015.  NEWSDR 2015 will be hosted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  Details to follow as the workshop program evolves.  In the meantime, check out the following workshop website for the latest information: NEWSDR 2015.

Local News

Software Defined Radio, Digital Communications Lectures Available Online

Interested in watching lectures on the basics of softare defined radio or digital communications?  All 26 lectures of the WPI undergraduate  course ECE4305 “Software Defined Radio Systems and Analysis” and all 39 lectures of the WPI graduate course ECE5312 “Modern Digital Communications” are available at the following YouTube playlists: ECE4305, ECE5312.

SDR News from Around the World

xG Technology Announces New Cognitive Radio System Software Now Shipping

xG Technology, Inc., a developer of wireless communications and spectrum sharing technologies, has announced that a substantially upgraded version of the new xMax cognitive radio system software product, release 2.6, is now available for delivery. Release 2.6 provides an advanced set of performance features and capabilities that enable higher throughput, stronger security, longer range, and enhanced management tools. The software will be included with xMax product shipments in fulfillment of existing orders, as well as in new deployments. Find out more by clicking here.

Xilinx and SAI Technology Announce Availability of First All Programmable Software Defined Radio Reference Design for LTE User Equipment

Xilinx, Inc. and SAI Technology announce the availability of the first LTE UE (User Equipment) Software Defined Radio reference design for the Xilinx® Zynq® All Programmable SoC.  The LTE UE reference design, based on the Zynq All Programmable SoC and implemented with Vivado® HLS, is fully customizable at all protocol layers, supporting any programmable wireless needs. It also provides direct user-to-user ad-hoc communications for Public Safety or Military Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications. The Zynq SDR implementation allows protocol adaptation for public safety radios that can make and receive voice calls, transmit images and videos, and provide ad-hoc and low latency voice and video communications.  Find out more by clicking here.

Altera and Lime Microsystems Demonstrate Completely Programmable RF- and FPGA-Based Solutions for Military Communications

Altera Corporation and Lime Microsystems, a leading provider of fully programmable radio frequency (RF) transceivers headquartered in the UK, will be demonstrating a new multi-standard software-defined radio (SDR) platform at the Military Communications Conference (MILCOM) 2014 (Booth #419), being held October 6 to 8 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The SDR platform, based on Lime’s field-programmable radio frequency (FP-RF) chip and Altera® FPGAs and Enpirion® PowerSoCs, can be used to design a radio that can receive and transmit widely different radio protocols (sometimes referred to as waveforms) depending solely on the software used. This highly flexible solution, which includes Lime’s new RF device, the LMS7002M, gives communications systems designers unprecedented flexibility and performance while consuming a minimum of power. Find out more by clicking here.

FCC Proposes New Rules for Wireless Mics and White Space Devices

The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last week that could impact broadcast TV viewers, TV white space users, and wireless microphone users. The proposed rules outline how the commission plans to make more TV band spectrum available for white space devices in more locations. The rules will also allow wireless microphone and white space device operations in the 600 MHz “duplex gap” and guard bands adjacent to 600 MHz spectrum licensed for wireless operations after completion of the incentive auction. Find out more by clicking here.

My ISP Is A Solar-Powered Drone

Google, the ad-driven search giant, and Facebook, the social connections giant, are fighting over airplane drone technology companies. Solar-powered drones would, when they’re ready for mass-market in the next five years, be able to fly for weeks or months. They can take 2D and 3D photos resulting in better and more up-to-date maps. And they could serve as aerial Internet connections. Find out more by clicking here.

Adaptrum Announces Second Generation TV White Space Product ACRS 2.0

Adaptrum, Inc., a leading provider of TV white space (TVWS) technology, today announced that it has launched its market leading, second generation TV white space product ACRS 2.0. Built on the success of Adaptrum’s ACRS 1.0 with significant performance and feature enhancements, ACRS 2.0 is Adaptrum’s latest generation TVWS product targeted for volume production and outdoor deployment. ACRS 2.0 is certified with both Google and Iconectiv TVWS databases by the FCC in the United States. Find out more by clicking here.


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