The race to 5G commercialization has many forms – faster broadband, mobility, and IoT – and it’s compelling RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave engineers to take a smarter approach to microwave design and test. Here’s what we expect to see and hear a lot about at European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2018.
At NIWeek 2018, we recognized Dr. Vince Bertram, the President and CEO of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), for his impact in the STEM field. We caught up with Dr. Bertram and asked him about PLTW, STEM, and what receiving the NI Innovations in STEM Award means to him.
5G technology will be a driving force behind much-anticipated applications such as ubiquitous broadband, autonomous vehicles, and smart factory automation. But making those applications a reality makes testing 5G a critical step. To ensure 5G devices and networks work well, three architectural requirements must be in place.
We want to shine a light on a select few Engineering Impact Award winners from NIWeek. These featured award winners were hand-selected by a special group of judges with a profound interest in the subject matter of their awards.
The Engineering Education Innovation Exchange is complete. The NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) III has been revealed and the last customer has walked out of the UT EERC Atrium to eagerly continue NIWeek festivities.
The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick, recognizing the monumental impact that 5G is and will continue to have on wireless communications, has recently announced an upgrade to their lab to include 5G mmWave technology. This upgrade has been possible because of a WMG Centre HVM Catapult award and equipment collaboration from NI.
The WMG will be using our mmWave Transceiver System to expand their research from the traditional sub 6 GHz frequencies into the new mmWave spectrum and unlock significantly wider blocks of contiguous bandwidth. More bandwidth means higher data throughputs, which is already beginning to lead to a variety of new applications. For WMG, their specific interest is researching how mmWave communications can enable connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
Enabling the future of automotive
CAVs will require 5G technology to be truly successful. Existing LTE systems are lacking for several reasons, most importantly high latency and lack of data throughput. Since Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communication needs to be fast in order to be meaningful, latencies above the 1 ms stated goal of 5G will not give the vehicle enough time to react.
Large bandwidths are necessary to send and receive the massive amounts of data potentially sent between sensors, the cloud, and other vehicles. Why the cloud? If all processing and sensor hardware lives on the vehicle itself, updates become extremely difficult. (Vehicles aren’t upgraded every 2 years like a cell phone.) But, if they can upload and download data from the cloud, this issue could be resolved. The processed data could then be downloaded by any connected vehicle, reducing the need to upgrade hardware inside the vehicle itself.
Dr Erik Kampert, Dr Matthew Higgins, Dr Jakobus Groenewald receive the 5G mmWave platform inside WMGs 3xD Simulator.
WMG’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicles research team are already working with a range of industrial partners on connectivity, verification and validation, and the understanding and optimization of user/customer interaction with driverless technology. This new facility will further enhance WMG’s vison to be the United Kingdom’s “go-to” CAV development platform providing unrivalled research and testing that will accelerate product introduction, infrastructure design and implementation.
We’re eager to see how the WMG takes on these challenges and innovates new solutions!
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The National Science Foundation (NSF), along with an industry consortium of 28 networking companies and associations that includes NI, announced the first two Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) initiative awards.