Nutaq’s SDR project idea contest

in code, contest, SDR by the machinegeek | 5 comments


Tristan Martin from Nutaq writes to inform us of their academic contest (US only) for winning a PicoSDR kit with MIMO OFDM ref design (FPGA), it supports GNU Radio (GigE and PCIe).

“You can submit with an existing (ongoing) project, it doesn’t have to be a “new” project. We do NOT get involved in the project execution or ask for any actual results. The contest is just about giving away an SDR platform based on submitted “project ideas”. Points are attributed for the use of GNU Radio.”

Visit Nutaq’s contest page for details or to register. Deadline is March 31, 2014.

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Comments

  1. Alan says:

    You lost me at (US only).

  2. Yep. I’m afraid even after reading their site I still don’t understand what that box does!

    However it looks very cool, so it must be doing something useful ;-)

  3. Alan says:

    I’m afraid that, at the moment, the only SDR idea I can think of is a “foxhunt”: requiring waterproof microphones that work at 37.5 KHz. That’s the frequency of the ultrasonic ping, sent out by submerged flight recorders.

    To hear it at a distance, you’d need a HUGE array. The front end can be 24-bit audio cards (192 KHz, 96KHz in a pinch) but correlation and triangulation are done by anyone with a good Internet connection.

    For the current exercise we could try 512 receivers, each 1 kilometre apart, running down the coast of Western Australia. A few more off the coast of Sumatra wouldn’t go astray either.

  4. Zeke says:

    Be great for an adaptive/cognitive or fixed packet radio network for BitCoin transactions that don’t rely on the Internet at the point of transaction. Pick an unlicensed band and go. Route around infrastructure that is either accidentally or purposefully hampered. Love to see SDR add network resilience to cryptocurrency transactions.

    • Stu Card says:

      Working towards that but lots of work to be done to get there. Current Internet architecture is dependent upon more centralization than most people realize. DNS is the first obvious example: alternatives available prior to Bitcoin blockchain technology include ZeroConf; new alternatives thanks to Bitcoin include Namecoin. Ad hoc routing and traffic aggregation doesn’t scale well, so a hybrid of wireless MANET at the edges and fixed fiber infrastructure in the core is probably required, w/multipath (information dispersal) to avoid blockage. Not only does SDR offer a flexible (even adaptive) PHY to underlie P2P Internet for BTC transactions, but also BTC offers a micropayment technology to help the P2P mesh scale (inter-agent settlements for bandwidth, CPU, storage, sensor data, etc.).

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