Wednesday, July 15, 2015

EE 567 - Wireless Networks/3G/4G/LTE - Fall 2015

2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, 802.11, ... what are these, and what is next?

Find the answers to these and more in EE 567, offered this fall! (SLN 13422, MW 1230-220)

EE 567 this year will focus on fundamentals of cellular and wireless communication. We will discuss different concepts in cellular communications such as frequency reuse, propagation, multiple access, power control, handover, and traffic shaping and control.

After covering the underlying theory, we will look at two major systems in 2G including GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and IS-95 (or CDMA One). We will cover their historical development and limitations. With the goals of achieving higher data rates and more reliable data communications, we lead to a discussion of higher generation systems such as GPRS (2.5G), EDGE, and then 3G technologies such as CDMA2000 and WCDMA.

Wireless area networks (802.11 variations) and Bluetooth will also be covered.

Finally, we will talk about LTE and consider technologies for fifth generation networks coming online in the near future.

Prerequisites for the course are a basic understanding of digital communications and networks at the level of EE 506 and EE 565, or equivalent.

This will be an exciting course, a mix of theoretical foundations, and practical systems in use today. I hope you can join us.