Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 6

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

Register for VTC 2015-Fall!

The 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC 2015 Fall), the premier conference on wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology, is coming to Boston during 6-9 September 2015!  Want to be part of this exciting event?  Register now via the following link!

SDR News from Around the World

NAB and White Space Device Makers Agree on Geolocation

Broadcasters and makers of TV white-space devices have come to the table to solve a potential interference problem, according to the National Association of Broadcasters. Find out more by clicking here.

Microsoft open sources software-defined radio code

Microsoft is open sourcing some more of its code, this time for the Microsoft Research Software Radio (Sora). Find out more by clicking here.

Xilinx Launches Public Access of the SDSoC Development Environment to Expand Zynq SoC User Base to Broad Community of Systems and Software Engineers

Xilinx, Inc. today announced the public access release of the SDSoC™ development environment to expand the user base of Zynq® SoCs and MPSoCs to a broad community of systems and software engineers. The SDSoC development environment, a member of the SDx™ family, includes expanded library, board, and design services ecosystem support, enabling embedded C/C++ application development. This public access release also features enhancements to the integrated design environment (IDE) for ease of programming and platform development. Find out more by clicking here.


Conference badges are getting more complex each year. DEFCON, LayerONE, Shmoocon, The Next Hope, Open Hardware Summit, The EMF, SAINTCON, SXSW Create, The Last Hope, TROOPERS11, ZaCon V and of course the CCC, have all featured amazing badges over the years. This year’s CCCamp 2015 rad1o badge is taking things several notches higher. The event will run from 13th through 17th August, 2015. Find out more by clicking here.

Wireless routers fighting for spectrum are slowing down your network (and here’s how to fix it)

Most networking hardware vendors will have you believe wireless routers simply need to be taken out of the box, plugged in, and assigned a silly name so that your neighbors know how funny you are. This is not true, especially for city dwellers who must contend with wireless interference from living in close proximity to hundreds of people and hundreds of competing wireless networks. Here’s how you can optimize your wireless network. Find out more by clicking here.

Data Link Solutions, ViaSat win $957.2 million airborne tactical data link orders

U.S. military radio communications experts are spending nearly a billion dollars for software-defined radio airborne tactical data link and networking equipment for aircraft, fixed sites, land vehicles, and surface warships. Officials of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego has awarded two big contracts to build and maintain Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals. Find out more by clicking here.


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