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DENVER, CO, Nov. 6, 2006 -- Hurricanes happen in Florida's Orange County, where, fittingly, the Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum will hold its annual Technical Conference and ProductExposition next week (November 13-17 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort).
The SDR Forum (www.sdrforum.org) is a nonprofit international industry association supporting the development and deployment of "smart" radio technology, which enables flexible and adaptable architectures in advanced wireless systems for greatly improved public safety communications in the event of hurricanes and other natural or man-made disasters.
"Radio communications is a tool we use every day but is especially important during times of emergency," says Tom Sorley, public safety communications manager of Orange County. "In a large-scale catastrophe such as Katrina, it's absolutely critical that disparate handsets from different areas of the country - and maybe even the world - be able to communicate with each other without the benefit of a patch or some other external device creating that connection. Software defined radio has the potential to meet this vital need."
The conference will have more than 120 technical papers presenting breakthrough research on SDR and the emerging "cognitive" radio technology, as well as chip and hardware design, software and waveform design, and major deployed systems. There will also be five invited papers, three keynote speeches, two panel sessions, 12 tutorials, awards to SDR industry leaders and authors of outstanding papers, and announcement of the student teams that will compete for the SDR Forum's Smart Radio Challenge awards.
At the product expo, 32 exhibitors will demonstrate their latest SDR offerings. A sampling of exhibitors includes Anritsu, Elektrobit, Ettus Research, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Green Hills Software, Hangyang University, Harris, Interactive Circuits and Systems, Lyrtech, The MathWorks, Micro Memory, Objective Interface Systems, Pentek, Pico Computing, PrismTech, Sandbridge Technologies, Spectrum Signal Processing, Synplicity, Virginia Tech MPRG, Wind River, Xilinx, and Zeligsoft.
Available to meet with the media will be Fred Frantz, chair of the SDR Forum's Public Safety Special Interest Group and director of Law Enforcement Programs for the Advanced Technology & Law Enforcement Sector of L-3 Communications' Government Services, Inc. On the technical side will be Lee Pucker, chief technology officer of the SDR Forum and of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.
The SDR Forum, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is an 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. Presently numbering 100 organizations, the SDR 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. The SDR Forum website is www.sdrforum.org.
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