NEW YORK, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have assembled a powerful consortium of government and business support to advance beyond today’s fourth generation (4G) wireless technologies toward 5G cellular networks that could potentially increase cell phone capacity by more than 1,000 times.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the team an Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) grant of $800,000, matched by $1.2 million from corporate backers and the Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR), which supports the project through its longstanding partnership with NYU-Poly’s Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT). Industrial partners include InterDigital, National Instruments (NI) and faculty startup company Asension Laboratories.
“This new collaboration will significantly accelerate the progress towards 5G, and it exemplifies the power of NYU-Poly’s philosophy of i-squared-e– invention, innovation and entrepreneurship,” said NYU-Poly President Jerry M. Hultin. “The team is built of experienced faculty entrepreneurs and highly innovative researchers. Students will learn how to create products and companies, working beside these professors and researchers from blue ribbon companies.”
The 5G project will develop smarter and far less expensive wireless infrastructure by means of smaller, lighter antennas with directional beamforming to bounce signals off of buildings using the uncrowded millimeter-wave spectrum, where 50 to 100 times more user capacity is readily available. It will also help develop smaller, smarter cells with devices that cooperate rather than compete for spectrum.