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Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 533–541 | Cite as

The WINLAB Network Centric Cognitive Radio Hardware Platform—WiNC2R

(Invited Paper)
  • Zoran Miljanic
  • Ivan Seskar
  • Khanh Le
  • Dipankar Raychaudhuri
Article

Abstract

This paper presents the design goals and architecture of WiNC2R—the WINLAB Network Centric Cognitive radio hardware platform. The platform has been designed for flexible processing at both the radio physical layer and MAC/network layers with sustained bit-rates of ~10 Mbps and higher. The hardware prototype supports multi band operation with fast spectrum scanning, the ability to dynamically switch between a number of OFDM and DSSS modems and multiple MAC protocols. The radio modems, MAC, and network-layer protocols are implemented in a flexible manner using general-purpose processing engines and a set of dynamically configurable hardware accelerators. An FPGA based platform implementation currently in progress is described in terms of key hardware components including the software-defined modem, the flexible MAC engine and network-level processor. Preliminary prototyping results are reported, and a roadmap for further evolution of the WiNC2R board is provided.

Keywords

cognitive radio SDR cooperative system network centric platforms 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoran Miljanic
    • 1
  • Ivan Seskar
    • 1
  • Khanh Le
    • 1
  • Dipankar Raychaudhuri
    • 1
  1. 1.WINLAB, Rutgers UniversityNorth BrunswickUSA

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