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mm-wave SDR accelerates 5G development

Posted: 04 May 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NI? mm-wave? transceiver? microwave?

National Instruments (NI) has rolled out what it touts as the world's first software defined radio (SDR) for the mm-wave spectrum. The NI mm-wave Transceiver System is a full transceiver that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at up to 2GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the spectrum in the E-band, 71GHz to 76GHz, detailed the company.

The mm-wave transceiver system includes novel PXI Express modules that collectively function as a mm-wave access point for a user device. Because of the unprecedented flexibility, users can develop mm-wave communication prototyping systems or perform channel measurements, necessary exercises for wireless researchers to understand the characteristics of a new spectrum, using the same system.

The mm-wave baseband software delivers a complete mm-wave physical layer including channel coding in LabVIEW virtual instrument (VI) source code to expedite system development while alleviating many of the system integration tasks. Researchers can also use the mm-wave transceiver system baseband with the E-band mm-wave heads or other third-party RF front ends to offer maximum flexibility for exploring other mm-wave and microwave frequency bands.

As a key participant in NI's RF/Communications Lead User programme, Nokia has been working with early versions of the mm-wave transceiver system in its 5G research initiatives for over a year.

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