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Strategic research network systems for multimedia mobile computing


The objective of the project is to develop key enabling technology to lower the cost per transmitted bit through mobile communication infrastructure by two orders of magnitude compared to today's cost. This is perceived as key to making the multimedia computing ubiquitous and for the European Telecommunication industry to maintain their leading position in the world market.

The mobile communication infrastructure today suffers from two problems. The first problem is the centralised control and management. This increases the complexity of the basestations and entails a very high cabling and maintenance cost. The second problem is that this architecture was not designed to exploit the backbone broadband network.

To overcome this limitations and achieve its objective MEDIA will develop a network architecture that is based on flat distributed switching. This architecture will exploit the distributed processing available in the backbone broadband network for management and control. This will reduce the complexity and thereby the cost and power consumption of the basestations that will be based on such an infrastructure. The infrastructure cost will be further lowered by embedding the key functionalities of the basestations into a highly integrated single chip hardware-software solution using existing processor cores (e.g. SPAClet and ARM OMI-cores) and supercells, and customising it using application-specific hardware co-processor blocks functionalities. Recognising that engineering cost often dominates the overall cost of complex telecommunication systems, MEDIA will adapt the existing hardware software design methods and tools for telecommunication designs to make them more competitive and efficient. The developed system design flow will be encapsulated to significantly reduce the engineering cost for future basestation designs.

The project deliverables will take several forms. Reports documenting the results of investigations about different architectural and design solutions and rationale for selecting one. Design documents describing in detail the design decisions. High level models for verification and system performance level analysis. Simulation results and their analysis. System design flow based on methods and tools extended and dapted in the project. The results of the project will be reported international conferences and disseminated by holding regular workshops.

The exploitation part of the project is led by the system company, ERICSSON Radio Systems AB, who is a world leader in mobile communication infrastructure market. The results that will be produced, as described above, will enable European telecommunication companies like ERICSSON to offer new innovative products and services related to the multimedia mobile computing market. Such results are in line with the foreseen activities of the industrial partner who will require (and benefit significantly from) the above results to deliver the next generation solutions to a strategic target market. This will in turn translate to future business successes and benefits to the company.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts


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16428 Kista

Participants (5)

Digital Media Institute
Hermiankatu 12C
33720 Tampere
Ericsson Radio Systems
Torshamnsgatan 21-23
16480 Stockholm
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
Schloss Birlinghoven
53754 Munich
Institute of Computer Engineering
Hans-sommer-strasse 66
38106 Braunschweig
Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven