WInnComm 2017 to Host Two-Day Innovation Showcase Featuring Live Demonstrations

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Ettus Research, National University of Defense Technology, NordiaSoft, Pentek, PrimsTech and Virginia Tech to participate.

Wireless Innovation Forum

The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to diving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, has announced the demonstrations line-up for its Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (WInnComm 2017) Innovation Showcase, Registration for the event is open and available at This year’s conference will be held in Atkinson Hall at UCSD in San Diego, 15-16 November.     

Demonstrations include:

  •     Ettus Research will demonstrate a low cost LTE eNodeB and core network using a USRP RF device, small form factor PC, and Amarisoft software stack. This deployment capable architecture is suitable for applications in various industries such as cellular test & measurement, telecom, automotive, IoT and other areas where wireless connectivity is required.
  •     National University of Defense Technology in PR China will propose MeshAPP, an architecture to shift applications from SCA-based radios to COTS smart devices. Two applications, Waveform Manager and MeshChat, are developed based on MeshAPP. In recent years, LTE and 5G standardizations have made a huge success and wireless innovations are increasingly driven by the mobile industry. There are numerous and abundant applications designed for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) smart devices, such as smartphones, tablets and smart watches. Meanwhile, Software Communication Architecture (SCA) has also achieved a great success which enhances portability of waveforms and interoperability among diverse software defined radio (SDR) platforms. However, most SCA-based radios still inherit the traditional style which is not open for application developers, making their capabilities far from well utilized. Therefore, It is becoming very important to study how to leverage the advantages of mobile industry to boost the applications and enhance user experience of SCA-based radios.
  •     NordiaSoft shows how SCA software can be developed using tools that combine model-driven design (MDD) and rapid application development (RAD). Software Defined System is the industry's response to the ever-increasing complexity and flexibility requirements of today's electronic systems. The Software Communications Architecture (SCA) enables the fulfillment of such requirements for complex heterogeneous embedded distributed systems. In this demonstration, Using Zero Merge code generation technology, the business source code for an SCA component (modulator, encoder, etc.) is kept separate from the infrastructure code that deals with deploying, instantiating, configuring, connecting, inter-process communications, etc. This demonstration will show how the proposed approach provides the greatest potential of reuse for intellectual property.
  •     Pentek will announce the Talon 3 GHz RF/IF Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Portable Recorder. The Talon® RTR 2613 combines Pentek’s Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning software with real-time recording in a lightweight, portable and rugged package. The RTR 2613 provides SIGINT engineers the ability to scan the 3 GHz spectrum for signals of interest and monitor or record bandwidths up to 40 MHz wide once a signal band of interest is detected. A spectral scan facility allows the user to sweep the spectrum at 30 GHz/sec, while threshold detection allows the system to automatically lock onto and record signal bands. Scan results are displayed in a waterfall plot and can also be recorded to allow users to look back at some earlier spectral activity. Once a signal of interest is detected, the real-time recorder can capture and store up to 30 terabytes of data to disk, allowing users to store days’-worth of data. Product highlights include:
  •     Search and capture system using Pentek’s Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanner
  •     Captures RF signals up to 3 GHz
  •     Capture and scan bandwidths up to 40 MHz
  •     30 GHz/sec scan rate
  •     Selectable threshold triggered or manual record modes
  •     16-bit A/D with 75 dB SNR & 87 dB SFDR
  •     Built-in DDC with selectable decimation range from 2 to 65,536
  •     Prismtech will showcase the ability of Spectra CX4 to create a SCA 4.1 model (application and platform), validate the model and generate XML descriptors and C++ code for the model.
  •     Wireless@Virginia Tech demonstrates the functioning of an Open-Source Spectrum Access System that is able to leverage a collection of CRs to effectively coexist in shared spectrum. This is achievable through a collection of Software Defined Radios (SDRs) connected to a centralized node that is able to dynamically assign channels to them. It is not a matter of debate that dynamic spectrum sharing leads to better spectrum utilization than the current auctioned licensed allocations by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The debate ensues on the choice between the different methods used for dynamic spectrum sharing, and their performance compared to the traditional static spectrum allocation. To lead the move towards dynamic spectrum allocation, the FCC proposed commercial utilization of the 3.5 GHz band, which it termed as the "Innovation Band". In the proposal, a specific band of the spectrum would be made available for secondary use by new users as long as the primary or incumbent user is not using that band. This was to provide a platform which would enable researchers to find a way of maximizing the use of spectrum resources while ensuring harmonious spectrum coexistence between Primary Users (PUs) and Secondary Users (SUs). The FCC proposal involves a central entity known as the Spectrum Access System (SAS) which coordinates spectrum allocations for the different SUs. The SAS collects spectrum information for a specific geographical area from its sensors or SUs to create a Radio Environment Map (REM). The information from the REM is then utilized by the SAS to make decisions on spectrum allocation for the different SUs. Recent research on the performance of spectrum coordination by the SAS has been theoretical at best, based on various PU and SU interaction models. There have also been applications of isolated Cognitive Radios (CRs) that are able to coexist with a primary user, but very few based on a networked cluster of SUs whose spectrum allocation decisions are controlled by a central entity. We are creating a framework that can be utilized to perform practical analyses of the performance of the SAS under varying experimental scenarios in which PUs and SUs need to coexist in the available spectrum channels. Initially, we are focusing on the 3.5 GHz band.

In its 15th year, WInnComm attracts attendees that include investors, commercial network operators, radio manufacturers, system integrators, government procurement officials, regulators, engineering service providers and consultants from around the world. View the complete agenda here:

About the Wireless Innovation Forum
Established in 1996, The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version 2.0) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to advocating for spectrum innovation, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications worldwide. Members bring a broad base of experience in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio(CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies in diverse markets and at all levels of the wireless value chain to address emerging wireless communications requirements. Forum projects are supported by platinum sponsors Google, Motorola Solutions, Leonardo and Thales.

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