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Multimode Communication Protocols Enabling Reconfigurable Radios

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20052005:242961

Received: 24 September 2004

Published: 1 August 2005


This paper focuses on the realization and application of a generic protocol stack for reconfigurable wireless communication systems. This focus extends the field of software-defined radios which usually concentrates on the physical layer. The generic protocol stack comprises common protocol functionality and behavior which are extended through specific parts of the targeted radio access technology. This paper considers parameterizable modules of basic protocol functions residing in the data link layer of the ISO/OSI model. System-specific functionality of the protocol software is realized through adequate parameterization and composition of the generic modules. The generic protocol stack allows an efficient realization of reconfigurable protocol software and enables a completely reconfigurable wireless communication system. It is a first step from side-by-side realized, preinstalled modes in a terminal towards a dynamic reconfigurable anymode terminal. The presented modules of the generic protocol stack can also be regarded as a toolbox for the accelerated and cost-efficient development of future communication protocols.


generic protocol stack link layer functions modular layer composition reconfigurability software-defined radio

Authors’ Affiliations

Chair of Communication Networks, RWTH Aachen University


© Berlemann et al. 2005

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