An interesting study from wireless consultant Jim Gunn concludes that triple-play wireless services may be market force that turns Software Defined Radio (SDR) from a bit player to the star of future cell phones.
The study, which was commissioned by the SDR Forum industry association, cites sources that think as many as 11 radios may be integrated in future phones.
Something in today's market might be a cell phone with GSM, Wi-Fi and GPS to provide wide-area, local-area and location services. Significantly, SDR would have to address not only waveform selectionits traditional focusbut also simultaneous operations.
So there are still plenty of challenges for SDR. But with the market hurtling toward more and more radios (or radio functionality, which is not quite the same thing), it may be time to start funding the SDR community so they can solve the technical problems.
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