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Compelling needs and technologies to support reconfigurable terminals

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  • NJ Drew
  • D Williams
  • MA Beach
  • M Dillinger
  • Tim Farnham
  • P Mangold
Original languageEnglish
Pages101 - 108
StatePublished - Oct 2000


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 [1][2][3]. 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, etc.. Summarising results from early ISTTRUST (Transparently Reconfigurable UbiquitouS terminal) [4] 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

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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 Télécom - CNET, 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 Name of Conference: IST Mobile Communications Summit Venue of Conference: Galway, Ireland

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