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.


Two ORCA innovations in the EC Innovation Radar

The European Commission’s Innovation Radar‘s analysis of EU-funded projects under Horizon 2020, identified ORCA partners National Instruments and IMEC as “Key Innovators”for their work in the ORCA project. The selected innovations are:  “New Application for the NI LTE and 802.11 Application Framework with the NS3 LTE and WiFi Module” innovation, which was evaluated by the Innovation Radar as […]

ORCA at EuCNC Online 2020

ORCA will be present at this year’s EuCNC Online edition with a virtual presentation from partner National Instruments: “Joint 5G-LTE-WiFi Prototyping Platform for RAT Interworking Experiments” Walter Nitzold and Clemens Felber (National Instruments, Germany) The coordination and coexistence of heterogeneous wireless technologies such as 5G, LTE and WiFi have become a growing area of research […]

SAVE THE DATE: Final Assessment Workshop, 8th September 2020 – Online event

ORCA’s Final Assessment Workshop will be held as an online event, due to the current COVID-19 situation, on 8thSeptember 2020 from Ghent, Belgium. As part of the program, ORCA partners will hold live presentations, supported by videos, showcasing the latest results of ORCA’s research and experimentation activities: Showcase 1: SDR based mmWave backbone for video […]

ORCA partners’ paper accepted by the Elsevier international journal of electronics and communications

A paper by ORCA partners Ghent University – imec has been accepted by the Elsevier international journal of electronics and communications. The paper, by authors Muhammad Aslam, Xianjun Jiao, Wei Liu and Ingrid Moerman, is titled “CMCVT: A Concurrent Multi-channel Virtual Transceiver​” and is now available online. Abstract State-of-the-art wireless Gateways (GW) used in Internet of Things (IoT) offer a single channel […]