Teaching Wireless Communications
Preparing students for research and emerging trends like 5G is a must. But communications theory can be very abstract, so there’s a need to bring experiential learning to communications by providing visibility of real-world signals.
Main Platforms to teach Wireless communications
NI ELVIS with NI ELVIS Communications Device
The NI Engineering Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) is an Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning which combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience. With the NI ELVIS Communications Device, you extend the capabilities of NI ELVIS with all the components, systems, and lab resources needed to teach the principles of communications, signals and systems and fiber-optics, enabling students to apply communications theory to project work much faster. Several communication boards are available, depending on the concepts you want to teach. These include AM and FM modulation/demodulation, ASK, FSK, and QPSK, linear and nonlinear signal characterization; convolution, sampling, and aliasing; and discrete time filters, or pulse code modulation encoding/decoding, line coding, and time-division multiple access.
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USRP Software Defined Radio Device
A USRP Software Defined Radio Device provides a software-defined RF architecture to design, prototype, and deploy wireless systems with custom signal processing. You can chose from low cost hardware to high-performance radios with large, open FPGAs. You can develop with LabVIEW or open-source code.
Software Defined Radios are RF transceivers that enable rapid prototyping and deployment of advanced wireless applications. SDRs are used for wireless communications, deploying signals intelligence systems, or as building blocks for multichannel test beds.
The Software Defined Radio Device Bundle allows students to experiment with real-world signals using LabVIEW software and USRP hardware.
We offer a Software Defined Radio Device Bundle that includes USRP (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) Software Defined Radio Devices, LabVIEW software support, and turnkey courseware. The bundle also includes components of a lab station designed to help students gain hands-on experience with a live communication link between USRP Software Defined Radio Devices.