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NYU Wireless Releases Millimeter Wave Simulator for Free

New York University (NYU) is releasing its channel model simulator and measurement data free and open to the public in an effort to speed development of millimeter wave (mmWave) technology.

"The announcement will come just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told a Senate committee that the United States will lead the fifth generation of wireless communication (5G) and quickly allocate high-frequency mmWave radio-wave spectrum — a band of frequencies that NYU Wireless at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering first demonstrated can help fulfill the urgent need for faster and greater wireless data capability," according to a news release.

Already in use by some companies, including corporate sponsors of NYU Wireless, the simulator will offer the first free access to the statistical spatial channel models based on research showing that mmWave frequencies were useful for mobile communication.

"With the new simulator, developers of 5G cellular phones, base station infrastructure and future Wi-Fi products will be able to use the results of four years of measurements made at new mmWave frequencies ranging from 28 to 73 gigahertz and taken in New York City and Austin, TX," according to information released by NYU. "The open-source software includes real-world channel data measured throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, and allows users to generate channel impulse responses, calculate precise time delays, locate the angles of arrival of energy in urban channels, determine received power levels and other key technical data needed to create reliable mmWave wireless equipment and systems."

For more information, or to download the simulator, visit

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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