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Reconfigurable mobile communications: compelling needs and technologies to support reconfigurable terminals

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  • NJ Drew
  • D Williams
  • M Dillinger
  • P Mangold
  • Tim Farnham
  • MA Beach
Original languageEnglish
Pages484 - 489
StatePublished - Sep 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. 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. Summarising results from early IST-TRUST (Transparently Reconfigurable Ubiquitous terminal) 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 TClCcom R&D, 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. Terms of use: Copyright © 2000 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, 2000. This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of the University of Bristol's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it. Name of Conference: 11th International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) Venue of Conference: London, UK

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  • land mobile radio, quality of service

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