Emissions – Vol. 3, No. 4

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Happy New Year and greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your January 2017 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.

Local News & Announcements

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SDR News from Around the World

Maxim to Simplify Auto Head Unit Design

As the automotive market has grown to be the most coveted segment among semiconductor suppliers, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. believes it has hit the sweet spot with the right technology at the right moment.Maxim offers high-speed links through its Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL). Its serializer and deserializer (SerDes) line drivers and receivers, primarily designed for use in automotive video applications, are ideal for point-to-point megapixel-resolution video transmission from multiple cameras. Find out more by clicking here.

NXP Presents the World’s First One-Chip Solution for All Global In-Car Infotainment and Broadcast Standards

At CES® 2017, NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI), the global leader in automotive and in-car infotainment semiconductor solutions, announced the SAF4000 – the world’s first fully integrated software defined radio solution capable of covering all global broadcast audio standards, including AM/FM, DAB+, DRM(+) and HD. The new IC represents a breakthrough in simplifying the development of high-performance infotainment platforms as it replaces today’s multi-chip solutions with a single ultra-compact RFCMOS device. Find out more by clicking here.

Finnish Army Demos High Data Rate Waveform For Joint Operations In Battlefield Conditions

Finnish Defence Forces have demonstrated the High Data Rate Waveform (HDRWF) developed in the European ESSOR programme (European Secure Software defined Radio) in battlefield conditions and with a 15 radio node configuration. The activity was carried out using three different radio platforms from the three participating ESSOR Companies – Bittium, Leonardo and Thales, to demonstrate how the land forces of different European countries can communicate seamlessly with each other in joint operations, linking up via a common waveform regardless of the radio platforms they use. Find out more by clicking here.

Cognitive Systems looks to military applications for ‘radio on a chip’

Cognitive Systems is looking to transition its commercial R10 integrated circuit (IC), referred to as “radio frequency [RF] situational awareness on a chip”, to military customers seeking a high-performance, agile, and low-size, weight, and power (SWaP) solution. Find out more by clicking here.

The Wireless Innovation Forum Releases Essential Specifications for U.S. Shared Spectrum 3.5 GHz (CBRS)

The Wireless Innovation Forum announced today member approval and public availability of its Spectrum Sharing Committee’s (SSC) highly anticipated signaling protocols and procedures to be used in the U.S. 3.5GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band for the Spectrum Access System (SAS) – Citizens Radio Broadband Service Device (CBSD) and “Spectrum Access System (SAS) – SAS” Interfaces. Find out more by clicking here.

Rockwell completes qualification tests for radio system under $12.7bn US Army contract

Rockwell Collins has successfully completed qualification testing for its military communication radio system, as part of a $12.7bn US Army contract.  The company delivered 30 AN/PRC-162 two-channel radios as part of the tests conducted under the army’s Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) programme. Rockwell said that the programme will now enter a customer testing phase in a bid to increase network complexity and validate interoperability with various radio systems. Find out more by clicking here.

SBI and Microsoft to work together to use White Space technology for banking in rural areas

State Bank of India is said to be in talks with Microsoft to use the TV White Space technology to ensure seamless digital banking in rural areas, where connectivity can be an issue. Find out more by clicking here.

Auction Underwhelms

The $80 billion windfall predicted from the TV spectrum incentive auction failed to materialize eight months in. While broadcasters heeded the forecast and priced 126 MHz of TV spectrum at $86 billion in the first stage of the auction, wireless providers topped out at $23.1 billion for the 100 MHz offered for sale. Demand in subsequent stages remained tepid, despite claims to the contrary in the months preceding the auction, when spectrum fever reached an apex with the prognostication of $80 billion in revenue. Find out more by clicking here.

Federated Wireless and Alphabet’s Access Team Demonstrated Operational Viability of Shared Spectrum Solution for CBRS Band

Federated Wireless, Inc., a developer of cloud-based wireless infrastructure solutions, announced today that it has demonstrated interoperability between Federated Wireless’ Spectrum Access System (SAS), CINQ XP, and the SAS developed by Alphabet’s Access team. This is a major milestone in validating the operational viability of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) shared spectrum solution in the 3.5 GHz band as envisioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Find out more by clicking here.

5G wireless broadband: EU inks prelim deal on chummy, orderly rollout

The European Union—still smarting from falling behind the US and South Korea on deploying 4G tech after being the first to develop it—struck a preliminary political deal late on Wednesday to allow mobile operators across the bloc to benefit from the “coordinated release” of the 700 MHz spectrum band for 5G. Find out more by clicking here.



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