Emissions – Vol. 3, No. 5

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

Save-the-Date: NEWSDR 2017!

The Seventh New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2017) is scheduled for the evening of Thursday 1 June 2017 (4-hour short courses) and all-day Friday 2 June 2017 (main event) at Tufts University, Medford, MA!  We are excited to have as the keynote speaker this year Mr. Dennis Roberson (web) from Illinois Institute of Technology.  This event will feature several short courses, industry tutorials, keynote presentation, poster presentations, demos, and numerous networking opportunities  Admission to this event is free.  More information about speakers, sponsors, schedules, logistics, registration, poster presentation, etc is all available from the NEWSDR 2017 website.  Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

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

Federated Wireless’ Spectrum Controller Receives FCC Conditional Certification

Federated Wireless announced today that its spectrum controller has been granted conditional certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This is a significant step that signals to operators that they can begin trials with the Federated Wireless solution, and a step that leads to full certification expected in the second quarter of this year. The Federated Wireless solution unlocks a spectrum of possibilities by breaking down barriers to wireless spectrum, giving greater access to operators by creating a shared model for what was previously individually licensed. The certification cements Federated Wireless’ first mover status and allows it to provide operators with highly efficient and secure access to spectrum resources, when they need it. Find out more by clicking here.


Bristol and BT collaborate on massive MIMO trials for 5G wireless

The quest for highly efficient 5G wireless connectivity has been given a boost thanks to a collaboration between a team of 5G engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Lund, National Instruments (NI), and BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services.  Find out more by clicking here.


NI Announces the Next Generation of USRP RIO Software Defined Radio Solutions

NI, the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, announced the availability of the USRP-2945 quad receiver software defined radio (SDR) device and the USRP-2944 high-performance 2×2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) SDR device. Both models deliver a new level of performance and capability to the USRP (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) family. These devices feature the widest frequency ranges, highest bandwidth and best RF performance in the USRP family. Find out more by clicking here.

Russia Develops New Software-defined Radio

Russian NPO Angstrem has developed a radio communications system around new Russian-made hardware components. The R-187-P1E Azart multi-mode portable software-defined radio (SDR) lies at its heart. The system makes it possible to establish a tactical communications subsystem and ensure protected data exchange under any conditions, including in an ECM environment, Rosoboronexport said in a statement Monday. Find out more by clicking here.

Alphabet Inc unit Google Might Launch Fiber Wireless Internet This Year

Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, is no longer interested in a fiber optic internet cable service. But it does not mean that the company is going to abandon Fiber. Instead of using fiber optic cables, the company is planning to use a wireless technology to spread its high-speed internet to many U.S. cities and metropolitan areas, according to a report from Wired. Find out more by clicking here.


DARPA Picks 30 Contenders For First Phase Of Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced the 30 participants for the first of three year-long phases of the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2), a contest designed to apply collaborative machine learning to software-defined radios for dynamic spectrum allocation. Find out more by clicking here.

Next stage of FCC wireless auction set for March

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will kick off the next stage of its auction of wireless spectrum on March 6, the agency announced in a notice posted online Tuesday. In the so-called assignment phase, winning bidders from earlier rounds will now bid on specific frequencies. Find out more by clicking here.


FCC’s Incentive Auction Rakes in $19.63B, Lags Expectations

The much-hyped 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as an Incentive Auction, conducted by the U.S. telecom regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has turned out to be a massive disappointment. The spectrum auction finally cleared all criteria at the Stage 4 of the forward bidding process with an accumulated bid of $19.63 billion. Find out more by clicking here.


Cabin monitoring system takes aim at electromagnetic interference

As the number and diversity of personal electronic devices in airline cabins grow, as aircraft increasingly rely on electronic systems, and as the industry uses progressively advanced electronics in everything from seats to IFE screens, a small German company has been prototyping a way to detect rogue electromagnetic interference (EMI) within the cabin. Find out more by clicking here.


Zynq-based, Linux-enabled SDR module sells for $549

Avnet launched a cheaper, single-channel version of its dual-channel PicoZed SDR COM. The Linux-driven Zynq-7020 COM supports a 70MHz to 6GHz RF range. Find out more by clicking here.

Why Carriers Are Secretly Anxious About the Leap to 5G

The U.S. wireless telecom industry is starting to gear up for the transition to 5G. Among other things, the next-generation mobile technology promises to offer download speeds that are 10 times faster than the current standard, with fewer delays in data transmission. Despite their public enthusiasm for the technology, however, some wireless carriers are privately worried about taking the 5G plunge. As a result, we could see delays in the rollout of 5G—despite its clear technological advantages—by up to a decade. Find out more by clicking here.


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