SDR Forum plots RF, baseband processor roadmap

21 May 2008

The Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum is working on industry collaboration to advance radio frequency (RF) and baseband processor technologies.

Two new groups, the RF Technologies Task Group and the Commercial Baseband Processor Work Group, are meant to advance these key technology areas.

According to the SDR Forum, these groups will bring together leading developers of advanced RF technologies to create a baseline summary on a range of technology areas, including antennas and antenna arrays, RF and IF integrated circuits, broadband amplifiers and frequency agile filters.

These groups aim to create a roadmap for these technologies over the next three to five years to benefit radio manufacturers, system integrators and regulators.

A roadmap will allow these companies with the knowledge necessary to define medium term strategies for the development and management of wireless products and services, according to the SDR Forum.

"In order to develop radio products and systems, we need to understand what technologies are available and how these technologies will evolve,' said David Murotake, chairman of the SDR Forum's R&D Work Group.

Similarly, the Commercial Baseband Processor Work Group will aim to breakdown some of the misconceptions and open up new market opportunities for programmable processing devices.

New programmable devices supported by SDR Forum member companies offer a cost effective way to enable multi-mode communications in next generation wireless products while operating within an often highly constrained power budget.

The proposed Baseband Processor Work Group will work to educate the market on these capabilities, and define the specifications and standards necessary to expand the market and open up new opportunities.

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