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Research and Developments of Software-Defined Radio Technologies in Japan. Nobuo Nakajima Ryuji Kohno Shuji Kubota. ABSTRACT. Software-defined radio technologies are attractive for future mobile communication systems. reconfigurable – useful for enhancing functions of equipment

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Research and Developments of

Software-Defined

Radio Technologies in Japan

Nobuo Nakajima

Ryuji Kohno

Shuji Kubota

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ABSTRACT

Software-defined radio technologies are attractive for future mobile

communication systems.

reconfigurable – useful for enhancing functions of equipment

without replacing hardware.

multimode – essential for future wireless terminals.

This article introduces the trends of Japanese wireless communication

systems and the role of SDR technologies for future wireless systems.

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INTRODUCTION

various systems coexist with different standards in mobile communi-

cation and wireless LAN.

- IMT-2000(in Japan in october,2001)

- MMAC ( U-NII, BRAN )

In transition between 2G and 3G mobile cellular systems there coexist

many different standards such as PDC, GSM, PHS, DECT, EDGE,

GPRS, IMT-2000, cdma2000, and so on.

In wireless LANs, there are standards – IEEE802.11b, IEEE802.11a

and HBRAN ( DS, FH, OFDM )

a software-defined radio system with multimode and multifunctional

capability is urgently needed in Japan. (limited radio frequency resource)

This article introduce present and future wireless communication systems

in Japan and the expectations for SDR technology in future mobile

communications.

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WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS

SYSTEMS IN JAPAN

There exist a number of standards for wireless communications systems

in Japan, shown in Table 1.

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WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS

SYSTEMS IN JAPAN (cont.)

Three international standard mobile communication systems – PDC,

cdmaOne, and PHS – are active in Japan.

i-mode service was implemented in the PDC system using packet trans-

mission channels.

Research on systems beyond IMT-2000, or the fourth generation(4G),

has started in Japan.

- High-speed transmission

- Next-generation Internet support.

- High capacity

- providing seamless services with fixed and private networks.

- Lower system cost.

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THE ROLE OF SDR IN WIRELESS

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

RECONFIGURABILITY

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THE ROLE OF SDR IN WIRELESS

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS (cont.)

Table 2 predicts the required reconfigurable functions for mobile

stations and base station.

Application layer – corresponds to the time period after the call is

set up.

middle layer – call control, mobility, and radio resource manage-

ment functions are included.

physical layer – output frequency, power, antenna gain, and

modulation are classitied.

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THE ROLE OF SDR IN WIRELESS

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS (cont.)

MULTIMODE OPERATION

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THE ROLE OF SDR IN WIRELESS

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS (cont.)

there are two kinds of 2G systems : PDC and cdmaOne.

two kinds of 3G systems, W-CDMA, and cdma2000, will be applied for

commerical services soon.

As the 4G service area will be limited within urban area at least introduc-

tory stage, multi-mode terminals might be essential.

SDR is useful from the viewpoint of saving infrastructure cost.

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THE ROLE OF SDR IN WIRELESS

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS (cont.)

BUG FIX AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

If a software bug is found in the base station or mobile station, it is

considerably costly to repair.

debug is impossible for mobile terminals after they are sold.

Usually hardware equipment must be replaced when new functions are

added to the base stations. SDR’s ability to be reconfigured solves this

problem.

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REQUIEMENTS FOR SDR IN THE

MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

High-speed and low-power-dissipation baseband SDR components are

necessary.

these performances are required even when SDR technologies are

applied.

- size and weight

- power dissipation

- protection from illegal use

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THE SDR SITUATION IN JAPAN

RESEARCH TRENDS IN SDR

SDR is a broad concept including all-digital transceivers and software-

based adaptability for multiple purposes and applications in multiple

environments.

a wireless communications system typically consists of several hardware

modules such as an antenna, a multiband RF converter, an IF band filter

, an A/D converter (ADC), a D/A converter (DAC), a baseband processor.

Several major themes discussed at IEICE TG-SR technical conferences

and related workshops are follows.

- Baseband Processing

- ADC and DAC

- Direct Converter

- Smart Antenna

- Other Topics.

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THE SDR SITUATION IN JAPAN (cont.)

SDR PROTOTYPES IN JAPAN

Targets of those studies are to verify the feasibility of SDR functions.

The functions the prototype successfully offer are :

- Multimode, multirate demodulation

- Direction of arrival estimation

- Interference wave suppression

- Radio wave characteristic measurement

- Software download

the main prototype  figure 3.

• RF frequency band – 27MHz, 900MHz and 2GHz

• antenna array – 6-element circular

• bit rate – 8~32 kb/s

• modulation method – BPSK, QPSK, ∏/4-QPSK, GMSK, FM, AM,

DOA, MUSIC, interference suppression function.

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THE SDR SITUATION IN JAPAN (cont.)

Communications Research Laboratory (CRL) of the Ministry of Post

and Telecommunications (MPT) has proposed a configuration method

for an SDR system in order to overcome these problems in the full-

download-type SDR system.

Sony Computer Science Laboratories has proposed an SDR platform

called Software Programmable and Hardware Reconfigurable Architec-

ture for Networks (SOPRANO).  figure 4.

NTT has developed an SDR prototype base station and personal station

for various types of cellular systems.  figure 5.

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THE SDR SITUATION IN JAPAN (cont.)

Toshiba has investigated the broadband and flexible receiver for hand-

held SDR.

NFC and Anritsu have developed and evaluated a software receiver that

could accommodate future needs.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric has developed a prototype which provides

compatibility with the typical types of waveform for both digital and

analog modulation as well as full duplex for the study of technical

issues such as, DSP, RF signal processing, software download, and

software adaptability.

Toyo Communication Equipment and Tohoku Electric Power Co. have

developed a software radio prototype for the radio base station.

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CONCLUSION

According to the expansion of mobile communications, the number of

standards increases and operational frequency bands extend from

UHF to microwave.

SDR is useful for cost saving in enhancing the system performance of

functions since it is not necessary to replace hardware.

SDR has many advantages for future mobile communication.

SDR technology is one of the most promising ways to meet the require-

ment for mobile communications in new era.