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

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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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Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, 2000. PIMRC 2000. The 11th IEEE International Symposium on  (Volume:1 )

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2000