The WINLAB network centric Cognitive radio hardware platform-WiNC2R: (((Invited paper)

Zoran Miljanic, Ivan Seskar, Khanh Le, Dipankar Raychaudhuri

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This paper presents the design goals and architecture of WiNC2R-the WINLAB Network Centric Cognitive radio hardware platform. The platform has been designed for flexible processing at both the radio physical layer and MAC/network layers with sustained bit-rates of ~10 Mbps and higher. The hardware prototype supports multi band operation with fast spectrum scanning, the ability to dynamically switch between a number of OFDM and DSSS modems and multiple MAC protocols. The radio modems, MAC, and network-layer protocols are implemented in a flexible manner using general-purpose processing engines and a set of dynamically configurable hardware accelerators. An FPGA based platform implementation currently in progress is described in terms of key hardware components including the software-defined modem, the flexible MAC engine and network-level processor. Preliminary prototyping results are reported, and a roadmap for further evolution of the WiNC2R board is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-541
Number of pages9
JournalMobile Networks and Applications
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • Cognitive radio
  • Cooperative system
  • Network centric platforms
  • SDR


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