Emissions – Vol. 2, No. 12

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your March 2016 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 Now for  NEWSDR 2016!

This year’s New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2016) will be hosted at Northeastern University on Friday 3 June 2016, and is generously sponsored by Mathworks, National Instruments/Ettus Research, MediaTek, and Analog Devices. Register now via the following Google Form.

Presenting at NEWSDR 2016

If you would like to give a 3-minute elevator pitch and a poster presentation at NEWSDR 2016, please complete the following Google Form.  Don’t Delay!!

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

A wireless-spectrum battle means you’ll get a signal in more places (FAQ)

The Federal Communications Commission will soon commence the so-called Incentive Auction, which will take valuable spectrum away from TV broadcasters and sell it to companies that want to offer wireless service. This particular swath of spectrum is highly prized — industry insiders call it “beachfront property” — because it operates at a lower frequency. That means it can run across greater distances and go through walls for superior coverage.  And that’s why this auction is worth paying attention to. It represents one of the best chances for wireless companies to get more spectrum. This FAQ puts the details in perspective and should help explain what this all means for you. Find out more by clicking here.

DARPA Wants to Solve the Spectrum Crunch With AI

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is eyeing ways to use artificial intelligence to make bandwidth shortages easier to handle.  DARPA is spearheading a Grand Challenge that calls on teams to develop “smart systems that collaboratively, rather than competitively, adapt in real time to today’s fast-changing, congested spectrum environment.” Find out more by clicking here.

Booz Allen Hamilton Wins $20.2 Million Program Management and Engineering Services Contract from U.S. Army Project Manager Tactical Radios

Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a three-year, $20.2 million contract by the U.S. Army Project Manager Tactical Radios (PM TR) and the associated Product Management (PdM) Offices to provide a full range of programmatic, technical, and sustainment IT support services. The firm’s services will aid in the Army’s mission to provide warfighters with the most secure and technologically advanced tactical communications network systems. Find out more by clicking here.

Open source BeagleBone SDR cape taps Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA

ValentFX is Kickstartering an open source FPGA-based and Linux-driven “KiwiSDR” BeagleBone Cape, that does 10KHz to 30MHz software-defined radio processing.  ValentFX has surpassed the 75 percent mark on its way to raising $50,000 on Kickstarter for its $199 KiwiSDR cape, which is due to ship in October. The campaign is also offering a $299 kit due in November that includes a BeagleBone Green SBC, a magnetic mount GPS antenna, and pre-installed KiwiSDR software with microSD card backup. The software-defined radio (SDR) system includes a Xilinx Artix-7 A35 FPGA, an ADC, and a 12-channel software-defined GPS receiver and front-end. Find out more by clicking here.

FCC Releases This Month’s Spectrum Auction Participants List

AT&T, Verizon Communications, and T-Mobile head a diverse list of potential bidders for the upcoming FCC spectrum auction. Find out more by clicking here.


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