This article reviews wireless enabling technologies to support
interworking of heterogeneous networks, and covers two
relevant topics; personal area networks and multistandard terminals.
The variability of the PAN channel is demonstrated,
and the implications for air interface design are discussed. To
ensure effective operation in shared spectrum, radio resource
management and medium access control strategies for PANs
are also discussed. It is recognized that terminal cost has significant
implications for user acceptance; therefore, by combining
functionality from different standards (cellular, wireless
LAN, broadcast), cost can be reduced. Technologies and
architectures relevant for multistandard terminals are
reviewed, including synchronization and linear RF processing.
Finally, the potential for further simplifications within the
framework of multicarrier CDMA is considered.
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Rose publication type: Journal article