Farrell, Ronan and Villing, Rudi
Rationale for a clean slate radio architecture.
In: SDR 08 Technical Conference and Product Exposition, 26-30 October 2008, Washington DC USA.
Radio technology has advanced tremendously over the past
century with increased capacities and addressing a disparate
range of applications. However, from an external perspective, the design philosophies behind radio
architectures and wireless standards remain rooted in the
methodologies of the 1930’s. In this paper, we propose that
this conservative approach has served the communication
system engineer well for the past century, but it is now
constraining the development of future communication
devices and networks that are based on software defined
radio technology. The scope for evolutionary improvement
on the existing architectures is becoming limited, and it is
now appropriate to reconsider our basic assumptions in
order to determine whether a radically different approach
may yield significant benefits in terms of system
performance, cost, mobility, and functionality.
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