Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 2

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your March 2015 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

NEWSDR 2015 Poster Abstract Submission Now Open!

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 do not delay and submit a poster abstract for presentation at NEWSDR 2015!  Poster abstract submissions to NEWSDR 2015 are now being solicited, and are due by 15 April 2015.  Submissions can be made by clicking here.

Register Now for NEWSDR 2015!

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 and MediaTek are up to regarding their latest products? If so, register now for NEWSDR 2015, which will be held on 22 May 2015 at WPI!  Details of this workshop are available by clicking here.  Register online now using the following link.

Local News

Submission Deadline Extended: IEEE VTC 2015 Fall in Boston

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 via 5-page technical papers or 2-page work-in-progress papers, or give a half-day tutorial at this conference.  The extended submission deadline is 16 March 2015!  Furthermore, if you would like to help out with the conference, please let us know.

SDR News from Around the World

Fully digital radio transmitter could be turnkey solution for IoT

Cambridge Consultants has successfully completed initial trials of the world’s first fully digital radio transmitter. This potentially represents a turning point in wireless design and could prove invaluable in realising the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G technology.  Find out more by clicking here.

Using The Red Pitaya As An SDR

The Red Pitaya is a credit-card sized board that runs Linux, has Ethernet, and a good bit of RAM. This sounds a lot like a Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black, but the similarities end there. The Red Pitaya also has two RF inputs, two RF outputs, and a load of digital IOs, all connected to an Xilinx SoC that includes an FPGA.  Find out more by clicking here.

Alcatel-Lucent says small cells are needed for data demand

Mobile basestations are shrinking and it is all in the interests of meeting the needs of networks tottering under the strain of rapidly increasing mobile data usage. The radio masts and basestations which make up today’s mobile networks are becoming small enough to be fitted to lamp posts, advertising signs and even bus shelters.  Find out more by clicking here.

Top 5 Takeaways for the Connected Car

It’s happened — the connected car has been discovered. At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month journalists, policymakers, and industry members alike buzzed over the advanced automotive technologies that connect drivers to the road by more than just their hands to the steering wheel.  Public pondering over their significance is growing as quickly as this burgeoning industry is. So here are five thoughts on the connected car.  Click here to continue.

Building an emergency internet in the white spaces

White spaces wireless technology has been in the news recently, as what used to be TV frequencies are being opened up to expand wireless internet access to rural areas in the US and the UK.  But it’s outside the developed world that this technology is having the most impact, as a recent conversation with Dondi Mapa, Microsoft’s national technology officer for the Philippines, revealed.  Find out more by clicking here.


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