NYU wins NSF grant to build mmWave testbed

New York University academic research centre NYU Wireless has secured a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build an advanced programmable platform to rapidly design, prototype and validate vital technologies for the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, potentially key to launching 5G. The platform will be one of the first of its kind available to researchers from academia, industry and government who are driving the early stages of mmWave technology.

NYU Wireless explains that mmWave communication relies on highly directional transmissions in which energy is concentrated in narrow beams. Current mmWave prototyping systems use directional horn antennas mounted on mechanically rotatable gimbals. mechanical systems that are too large and slow for mobile applications. 

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