Quick Link Roundup

Posted in TV Bands at 11:01 am by JamesNeel

Here’s four quick cognitive radio links gleaned from an SDR Forum email.1. Britain’s plan for moving the TV bands. The key graph from my perspective:

Operators will be given flexibility in what they do with the spectrum and by allowing them to decide what services to offer and giving them the freedom to change their use of it over time as technologies and marketplace needs evolve, Ofcom said the release of the digital dividend will help drive tech innovation.

That’s one aspect of the property-rights approach I argued for at this year’s SDR Forum. If that’s coupled with the ability to resell and subdivide, I’ll be a happy man.

2. Google to bid on UK Spectrum? Basically, Google can’t comment because of US regulations (they’re bidding for US spectrum and announcing intent to bid on other spectrum would be considered an attempt to collude), but everyone thinks Google will bid on UK spectrum as well.

3. A report on the potential impact of dynamic spectrum access in Asia. It eventually links back to a market study on DSA which is available for purchase from ABI here.

4. Samsung announces cognitive reception chip? Digging deeper, it’s not so much a cognitive radio as an RFIC for supporting spectrum sensing in the UHF bands. The article also claims that the *circuit* will be adopted as part of the 802.22 standard, but surely this is a reporting error (you don’t standardize circuits, but you could standardize the performance characteristics of that circuit as a minimum performance level). Details are to be published at ISSCC 2008.


CR and SDR: Technologies and Techniques Seminar Call For Papers

Posted in conferences, Uncategorized at 10:34 am by JamesNeel

Perhaps more appropriate for the European CR community (short 1-day conference), the IET has issued a call for papers for a seminar on cognitive radio and software radio to be held on September 18 2008 in London.

Requested paper topics include the following:

Cognitive Radios:

Spectrum management, optimisation and spectrum sharing; Spectrum censoring, co-censoring; Cognitive Networking; Intelligence of CR; Detection of other users; Connection to other CR’s; Regulation; Applications

Software Defined Radios:

Implementation; Trends in convergence; Antennas; Software portability; Power consumption

Though I don’t see it on the conference webpage, abstracts are due by Monday, 31 March 2008 and should be mailed to eventsa2@theiet.org


DySPAN Call for Papers

Posted in conferences, Uncategorized at 7:57 pm by JamesNeel

Though apparently not quite yet online (here’s where it should be), DySPAN 2008 (Chicago, Oct 14-17) issued its call for papers today.

Here’s some relevant dates from the email I received:


Intent to submit (Register Title, Abstract, Author List):5 Feb 2008

Policy Extended Abstract/In-preparation-draft due:1 May 2008

Technology Full papers due: 16 May 2008

Notification of interest to Policy Authors requesting full papers: 23 May 2008

Full versions of selected policy papers due for second review:13 June 2008

Acceptance notification for Technology  papers:23 June 2008 Final acceptance of policy papers: 27 June 2008

Camera ready versions for all papers due to IEEE: 10 August 2008