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Project: Hardware Testbed for 5G (mmWave) Wireless Communications based on FPGA Software Defined Radio

Acronym: 5G TESTBED
Main Objective:
i) to promote collaborative research efforts between research groups within IT (Mobile Networks and Antennas & Propagation). The scope of the programme will inevitably increase the measurement facilities and thus raise the 5G enabling technologies expertise of both the institution (IT) and academia and thus increase our international standing. It is expected from this project to establish partnership for future EU applications which can participate as a part of a consortium in EU activities in the advanced communication technologies section such as the COST programmes. The results of the research will be published in the open literature and presented at Portugal and International forums and conferences.
ii) to develop a multi-gigabit integrated cross-domain, complete radio in-the-loop
end-to-end 5G testbed, based on software defined radio (SDR) for a unified
hardware and software design flow. To this extent, existing FPGA basedequipment/prototypes from the research groups involved in this proposal will be merged and improved upon, accordingly, and integrated with existing RF frontends at mmWave. This is sought to be the FIRST complete end-to-end 5G testbed in Portugal and one of the cutting edge 5G testbed across Europe, to compete with the testbed from 5G Innovation Centre at University of Surrey (UK) and or the Massive MIMO testbed at Lund University (Sweden);
iii) to develop a complete baseband framework for 5G applications (waveforms, RF impairments and Channel Estimation Techniques etc.);
iv) and finally, to perform key performance indicators (KPI) evaluation, for e.g. multi-stream and multi-user uncompressed HD Video transmission, for several modulation schemes and waveforms, antenna array configuration, over several usage scenarios. This would allow to quickly deploy optimized systems parameters for site­specific scenarios, in addition to enhancement and/or improvements of emerging 5G standards, to comply with “what­if” scenarios for new emerging 5G applications.
Reference: PEst-OE/EEI/LA0008/2016
Funding: IT/LA
Start Date: 01-02-2017
End Date: 31-12-2018
Team: Telmo Rui Carvalhinho Cunha Fernandes, Rafael Ferreira da Silva Caldeirinha, Carlos Miguel Nogueira Gaspar Ribeiro, Akram Hammoudeh, Manuel Garcia Sanchez, Rodolfo Vitorino Gomes
Groups: Antennas and Propagation – Lr
Partners: University os South Wales, United Kingdom
Local Coordinator: Telmo Rui Carvalhinho Cunha Fernandes

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