21 Dec 2009
Using the Universal Software Radio Peripheral 2 (USRP2) as the Radio Frequency (RF) front end, this interface will use Simulink for software radio development. Employing Simulink for radio development gives us streaming access to the USRP2 without the steep learning curve and underdeveloped development tools associated with current workflows. These commonly available software packages and the USRP2 will make this test-bed affordable yet highly versatile, enabling research groups at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and around the world to conduct advanced research into new wireless communications and networking architectures including cognitive radio. The interface will allow students to become familiar with tools used in industry while learning communications and networking concepts through labs designed for undergraduate coursework.