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NI and SHU collaborate on a testbed focused on 5G URLLC for V2X applications

NI plans to collaborate with Shanghai University on a testbed focused on 5G ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) for V2X applications.

NI is an American multinational company with an international operation. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, it is a producer of automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software. It also provides platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve engineering challenges. SHU or Shangda, is a public research university located in Shanghai, China.

According to IEEE,  “Ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC) is a new service category that will be supported in 5G New Radio (NR). It is targeted at emerging applications in which data messages are time-sensitive and must be securely delivered end-to-end subject to high reliability and hard latency requirements.

The hard latency requirement means that a data transmission that cannot be decoded at the receiver before a deadline is of no use and can be dropped from the system, resulting in the loss of reliability.

Use cases of URLLC include autonomous vehicles that perform cooperation and safety functions, monitoring and control in smart grids, tactile feedback in remote medical procedures, control and coordination of unmanned aviation vehicles, robotics, and industrial automation”

Vehicular networks, especially for autonomous driving applications, must offer ultra-reliability while requiring very low latency. Given the conflicting nature of these dual requirements and the unpredictability of the mobile wireless channel, a real-time experimental testbed where researchers can prototype their ideas is vital for success. The planned testbed for this collaboration will be built on NI’s flexible software defined radio (SDR) hardware and a 5G New Radio URLLC reference design.

NI software defined radios (SDRs) provide the design solution to rapidly prototype wireless communications systems, which leads to faster results.

“Shanghai University and the city of Shanghai have committed to be leaders in advancing vehicular technologies especially around autonomous vehicles and V2X communications,” said Shugong Xu, IEEE fellow, professor at Shanghai University and head of the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Communication and Data Science. “We’re excited to leverage NI’s expertise in prototyping 5G wireless systems and collaborate with them to push the boundaries in V2X communications.” 

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