Sunday, December 20, 2009

Experimental Radio Research Funded Again

Congressman Bart Gordon has announced that he was able to secure funding for Tennessee Tech University to help design innovative radios for military use. TTU’s Cognitive Radio Institute will receive $800,000, which will be used to design radio experimental models and system test-beds that are resistant to conventional jamming techniques. Gordon says, "TTU is on the cutting edge of research when it comes to developing radios that can help our soldiers communicate in the battlefield." The funding TTU will receive is an extension of its ultra-wideband test-bed prototype project that has received funding from the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office and the National Science Foundation. The technology being worked on is capable of identifying an unused broadcast frequency when an enemy is attempting to jam the original signal. Funding for the project was included in the 2010 fiscal year Defense Appropriations Act, which is expected to be signed into law.