Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 10

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

Save-the-Date!  NEWSDR 2016!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Now announcing the sixth annual installment of the New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2016), which will be hosted at Northeastern University on Friday 3 June 2016!  Check out the NEWSDR 2016 website for the latest details and information by clicking here.  If your organization is interested in sponsoring NEWSDR 2016, send us an email at sdr-boston-inquiry@wpi.edu.

Local News & Announcements

Interested in Posting an Announcement in Emissions?

Have something to share with the New England SDR community?  Hosting an upcoming SDR-related event or seminar somewhere in the region that is open to the public?  If so, let us know!  The SDR-Boston Emissions e-newsletter is sent out on a monthly basis, and it is a great way of informing the New England SDR community about the latest news, events, and activities focusing on SDR technology and applications. Best of all, it is free to post!  Email us at sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu with respect to including an announcement in an upcoming Emissions.

SDR News from Around the World

You Can Troubleshoot Via This Dongle

Reid Fletcher is with the University of Wyoming broadcast engineering department. Not long ago, he was at a new site, pointing a dish for their Ku feed. For curiosity’s sake, Reid decided to experiment with a device he keeps with his laptop. Reid is an amateur radio operator (WB7CJO) and has been experimenting with software-defined radio for several years. He was introduced to SDR by a friend who is an EE professor at UW and encouraged Reid to purchase a small digital video broadcasting-terrestrial dongle. These DVB-T dongles are USB devices that are intended to be DVB-T, FM and HDTV tuners but have a mode where they become essentially an A to D converter with a local oscillator and mixer for a tunable front-end and to output an I-Q data stream. From that point, it’s up to software to do something productive with the data. Find out more by clicking here.


Wireless Innovation Forum Selected by NSF to Host EARS Principal Investigators Meeting

The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced that is has been chosen by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host the National Science Foundation Enhancing Access to Radio Spectrum Program Principal Investigators (NSF EARS PI) meeting. The event will take place at the time of the Forum’s annual technical conference, WInnComm 2016, March 14-17 in Reston, Virginia. Find out more by clicking here.


Spark seeks clearance to acquire radio spectrum

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission received an application from Spark New Zealand Trading (Spark) seeking clearance to acquire the management rights to 70MHz of radio spectrum in the 2,300MHz band from Craig Wireless Spectrum Operations (Craig NZ) and Woosh Wireless Holdings Limited (Woosh NZ). Find out more by clicking here.


NICT Develops World’s First IEEE802.11af-compatible Baseband IC for TV White-space Wi-fi LAN Methods

The Nationwide Institute of Info and Communications Know-how (NICT) has efficiently developed the world’s first baseband IC relevant to TV white-space wi-fi LAN (WLAN) techniques. This prototype IC conforms to IEEE802.11af that’s the worldwide normal of the WLAN system within the TV white-space spectrum. Find out more by clicking here.


LightSquared Settles GPS Lawsuit With Trimble Navigation

LightSquared and Trimble Navigation Ltd. have settled their long-running legal fight over the wireless venture’s Global Positioning System network interfered with Trimble, the latest in a string of recent deals that moves the company closer to deploying its mobile wireless network. Find out more by clicking here.


We can now know precisely locate wireless networks

A startup company, largely funded by Mike Lazaridis, co founder of BlackBerry Ltd has developed new hardware Amera that identifies wireless signals from routers, smartphones, cell towers and other wireless devices. Find out more by clicking here.


Bittium received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for the Software-Defined Radio based system products meant for tactical communications

Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for the Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system products, which are meant for tactical communications. The purchase order is the materialization of a purchase option issued together with a purchase order received in July 2014. Both the original purchase order and the now materialized purchase option are part of the renewal of the Finnish Defence Forces’ command and control data networks with Bittium’s TAC WIN system. Find out more by clicking here.


FCC Approves Transfer of LightSquared Spectrum Licenses

Federal regulators Friday approved LightSquared’s request to transfer its valuable spectrum licenses to a newly formed company, paving the way for the wireless venture to emerge from bankruptcy protection by the end of the year. Find out more by clicking here.


Software Defined Radio provides 4 RF receiver paths

Combining four RF receivers supporting VITA49 into small form factor platform, Quadratiq™ offers wide RF tuning range of 70 MHz to 6 GHz with sub-octave pre-select filters. Multichannel unit supports RF channel bandwidths up to 50 MHz per receiver and max sample rate of 61.44 MS/sec. Measuring 8.42 x 5.75 x 1.61 in., radio integrates Xilinx® Zynq Z-7030 SoC, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces through dual SFP+ ports, separate RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet interface, and web-based user interface. Find out more by clicking here.


Super Wi-Fi For The IoE

White space may be the best solution for additional spectrum, but using it isn’t so simple. Find out more by clicking here.



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