SDRF News Release

SDRF News Release

For Immediate Release

Organizations and Universities from Around the World to

Present at Upcoming SDR Forum Technology Conference

Annual Software Defined Radio Event Will Showcase Advanced

Products and Technologies Supporting Reconfigurable Wireless Communications and Announce Smart Radio Challenge Results

DENVER, October 9, 2007 – The Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum, ( a nonprofit international industry association supporting the advancement of reconfigurable wireless technology, will hold its annual technical conference and product exposition November 5-9 in Denver. The event, which includes the Forum’s general meeting, will focus on software defined and cognitive radio technologies, standards and business activities and provide an international perspective of the current state of the art for advanced wireless communications.

Highlighting this year’s conference will be more than 130 papers presented by an international array of organizations in the commercial, civil and defense communications markets, including General Dynamics, Harris, MathWorks, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Rohde & Schwarz, Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland, NAVSYS, Thales Communications, Communications Research Centre, the U.S. Department of Defense, and NASA. Leading academic institutions from around the world will also present, including Virginia Tech, Penn State, Rutgers, University of Colorado, University of Illinois, San Diego State University, Trinity College (Ireland), University of Athens (Greece), University of Surrey (England), Telecom Italia Lab University of Piraeus (Italy), Hanyang University (South Korea), and Yokohama National University (Japan). Topics will include:

  • cognitive radio implications for public safety communications;
  • mitigating the cost of information assurance in the SDR environment;
  • international collaboration for a cognitive radio testbed;
  • SDR multi-standard base stations as a key to future cognitive radio networks;
  • beamforming as an optimal approach for space-based GPS applications; and
  • using SDRs for precise positioning and attitude determination of microsatellites.

Among the keynote speakers for the SDR ’07 conference will be Shuzo Kato – program director for ubiquitous mobile communications at NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) of Japan and president of Pacific Star Communications – whose talk is titled “Cognitive Radio for Best Spectrum Utilization through SDR – Various Definitions and Implications.” Another keynote, “The Often Forgotten Layer 8,” will be provided by Ian Farrell, director of wireless incubation at Microsoft, and will explore the promise of SDR in supporting universal wireless connectivity.

The Forum will also present the winners of its Smart Radio Challenge ’07 and the qualifying teams for the 2008 edition; the Smart Radio Challenge is a worldwide competition in which student engineering teams design, develop and test software defined and cognitive radio technologies that address specific problems relevant to the advanced wireless community. In addition, candidates for the SDR Forum Hall of Fame will be announced.

A number of product announcements are expected at the exposition, which will feature products and services from more than 25 companies involved in the advanced wireless market’s value chain. Exhibitors will include Forum members General Dynamics C4 Systems, Objective Interface Systems, PrismTech, Spectrum Signal Processing, Xilinx, and Zeligsoft – who are among the event’s sponsors – and other members such as Elektrobit, Etherstack, GE Fanuc, Lyrtech, Pentek, Space Coast Communications Systems, Synplicity, and Vanu. Also exhibiting, as well as sponsoring, will be Green Hills Software.

The Forum’s technical conference, product expo and general meeting will take place at the Denver Marriott Tech Center and are open to anyone interested in SDR technology, including non-Forum members. Complete details and registration information are available on the web at

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About the SDR Forum

Established in 1996, the SDR Forum is a nonprofit international industry association dedicated to supporting the development and deployment of software defined radio systems that enable flexible and adaptable architectures in advanced wireless systems. Currently numbering some 100 organizations, the Forum’s membership spans commercial, defense and civil government organizations, including wireless service providers, network operators, component and equipment manufacturers, hardware and software developers, regulatory agencies, and academia from Asia, Europe, and North America. The SDR Forum’s administrative office is headquartered in Denver.

Editorial Contacts

Allan Margulies, SDR Forum, 303-628-5461, or

Neal Leavitt, Leavitt Communications, 760-639-2900 or 760-212-9112,