Reconfigurable mobile communications: compelling needs and technologies to support reconfigurable terminals

NJ Drew, D Williams, M Dillinger, P Mangold, Tim Farnham, MA Beach

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To date, research into reconfigurable mobile communications has predominantly focussed on the software radio concept, and specifically on the hardware technologies required to move physical layer processing into a programmable environment. Although an interesting and necessary challenge, this only represents a fraction of the overall support and technology required to realise the potential of the concept. Other necessary developments include network/terminal cooperation for seamless inter-standard handoff, QoS management, a secure software download mechanism, terminal software architecture supporting reconfiguration, configuration management, capability negotiation. Summarising results from early IST-TRUST (Transparently Reconfigurable Ubiquitous terminal) project deliverables, this paper describes the likely overall system environment, and the key technical challenges to be researched in TRUST for realising a reconfigurable terminal to meet the needs of users within that environment
Original languageEnglish
Pages484 - 489
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2000

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Sponsorship: This work has been performed in the framework of the IST project IST-1999-12070 TRUST, which is partly funded by the European Union. The authors
would like to acknowledge the contributions of their colleagues from Siemens AG, France TClCcom R&D, Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique S.A., King‘s College London, Motorola Ltd., Panasonic European Laboratories GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, Telefonica Investigacion Y Desarrollo
S.A. Unipersonal, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd., TTI Norte S.L., University of Bristol, University of Southampton.

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Name of Conference: 11th International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC)
Venue of Conference: London, UK


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