SDR talk to commercial devices

ORCA offers open SDR platforms that can interoperate with commercial off-the-shelf devices (IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15.4, LTE/5G) allowing easy configuration, customization and prototyping


Multiple radio instances on a single SDR for free

A single SDR platform can support multiple radio instances, boosting the capacity and performance of wireless networks, e.g. multi-channel IEEE 802.15.4 IoT gateway and multi-tenant LTE infrastructure sharing

Real-time experimentation with SDR as easy as simulations

Incorporating real hardware into simulation environments increases the credibility of results and shortens the product development cycle.

Flexible low-latency MAC-PHY architecture

Scales from standard compliant to latency-enhanced operation using various PHY and low-level MAC SDR-enablers benchmarked in realistic environments

Full-duplex capable SDRs for high-throughput networking experimentation

A complete PHY and MAC protocol stack allows verifying real latency, reliability and throughput benefits of full duplex technology

5G mmWave system at 26 GHz with compact multi-beam antenna array

First affordable and compact 26 GHz extension for widely used SDR platforms using plug and play converter-array

A hierarchical orchestration of E2E network slices through SDR-SDN integration

The establishment of end-to-end network slices for addressing the needs of verticals requires a technology-neutral solution for the orchestration of resources across multiple wireless and wired network segments.

Distributed massive MIMO experimentation opportunities, with simultaneous transmissions upto 12 single antenna users

Flexible modular testbed with 2 processing racks that can be separated up to 30m and 64 single-antenna patch elements that can be separated up to 18m from a rack. Serving 12 users simultaneously.

Flexible Hybrid Massive MIMO experimentation combining a phased array convertor with digital Massive MIMO testbed functionalitie

The 16-input power phased array can be connected to the Massive MIMO testbed to allow for fast tracking or hybrid beamforming experiments.


ORCA demos at the 5G Summit and 5G Worldforum

The central element of the overall demo is a base station with an attached cloud computing platform. This base station is mounted inside a bicycle rickshaw for quick deployments and tests in industrial or outdoor scenarios. In the demo all 5 devices/clients are controlled by this base station. One pair of devices belong to the […]


Our coordinator Dr. Ingrid Moerman (imec) presented the ORCA project on the ECNC TV during the 2019 edition.  

ORCA presented at ECOC 2019

TCD has shown a successful ORCA-acknowledged demo at ECOC 2019 (The 45th European Conference on Optical Communication) and received good feedback. Authors: Frank Slyne, Rafael S. Guimaraes, Yi Zhang, Magnos Martinello, Reza Nejabati, Marco Ruffini, and Luiz A. DaSilva, Title: “Coordinated fibre and wireless spectrum allocation in SDN-controlled wireless-optical-cloud converged architecture”, Abstract: We provide an […]

DARPA SC2 competition final phase

The DARPA SC2 competition is now coming into its final phase. End of August, Team SCATTER with researchers from imec and RUTGERS, have to submit their solution that will (hopefully) qualify for participation in the finale at Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles. Only 10 teams are allowed in the finale! More info at the […]