NYU WIRELESS to make key 5G software free and open

March 10, 2016 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
According to pioneering researcher Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, New York University is making its channel model simulator and measurement data free and open to all—potentially short-circuiting years of millimeter wave (mmWave) development time for companies hoping to vastly increase the transfer of data through the air.

The NYU WIRELESS simulator will provide the first open access to statistical spatial channel models that are based on the research group's experiments from 2011 to 2014 that showed the world that mmWave frequencies will work for mobile communication.

Already, many companies, including some corporate sponsors of NYU WIRELESS and French telecomm operator Orange, are using it. Like other channel simulators that are being developed by private companies, the simulation software allows researchers to understand the behavior and capabilities of the mmWave radio spectrum that was originally widely believed to be suitable only for indoor communication until Rappaport and colleagues at NYU WIRELESS published their pioneering radio propagation measurements, radio channel modeling, system simulation, and antenna technology research in the 2012-2013 time frame.

With the new simulator, developers of 5G cellular phones, base station infrastructure, and future Wi-Fi products will be able to use the results of four years of measurements made at new mmWave frequencies ranging from 28 to 73 GHz and taken in New York City and Austin, Texas. The open-source software includes real-world channel data measured throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, and allows users to generate channel impulse responses, calculate precise time delays, locate the angles of arrival of energy in urban channels, determine received power levels, and other key technical data needed to create reliable mmWave wireless equipment and systems.

To download the NYU WIRELESS channel model simulator, and for a complete list of published resources on 5G mmWave wireless channel modeling and measurements, visit http://nyuwireless.com/5g-millimeter-wave-channel-modeling-software.