Keynote Speaker (2012)


Matt Ettus is a core contributor to the GNU Radio project, a free framework for Software Radio, and is the creator of the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP). In 2004, Matt founded Ettus Research to develop, support and commercialize the USRP family of products. Ettus Research was acquired by National Instruments in 2010, and Matt continues as its president.

In the past he has designed Bluetooth chips, GPS systems, and high performance microprocessors. Before that, Matt received BSEE and BSCS degrees from Washington University and an MSECE degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is based in Mountain View, CA.


Software Radio — Past, Present, and the [Near] Future

Software Radio has come a long way in the last 15 years. This talk will cover where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we’re going, from the personal perspective of the speaker. We’ll discuss what has and has not worked, what challenges remain ahead. Specific topics will include:
– Challenges in hardware for Software Radio, and a discussion of the state of the art in RF frontends and data converters
– The evolution of the various processing paradigms used in software radio (GPP, GPU, DSP, and FPGA)
– What problems we thought would be solved by now
– The basic economics of software radios in volume production