UK communications IP provider in US DARPA deal

UK communications IP provider in US DARPA deal

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By Nick Flaherty

UK IP developer AccelerComm has signed an agreement to give researchers in the US access to its high performance 5G and 6G physical layer designs.

The deal with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gives its researchers access to its physical layer product portfolio that reduces error rates and maximises spectral efficiency of satellite, cellular and other communications networks as part of the  the DARPA Toolbox initiative. The company joins ARM and CEVA in providing IP for the toolbox.

The technology developed by AccelerComm in Southampton includes complete channel coding IP solutions that deliver reduced latency, high-reliability, and low power consumption for the most critical components of the 5G physical layer.  The IP can be quickly integrated and flexibly delivered for use in custom silicon (ASIC), programmable hardware (FPGA) or as software solutions, covering all use cases within current standards.

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 DARPA Toolbox is an Agency-wide effort to provide open licensing opportunities with commercial technology vendors to the researchers behind DARPA programs. This provides easy, low-cost, scalable access to state-of-the-art tools and intellectual property (IP) under predictable legal terms and streamlined acquisition procedures. The goal is to reduce performer reliance on low-quality, low-cost tools and IP that increase execution risks and complicate post-DARPA transitions, and means that the AccelerComm IP can be used in spin-off projects such as OpenRAN 5G designs.

 “The toolbox initiative makes proven cutting edge technologies available to our researchers,” said Serge Leef, Program Manager, leading DARPA Toolbox. “Adding AccelerComm’s IP to the toolbox initiative strengthens the portfolio of communications IP available to our researchers.”

“High-performance, high-reliability, spectrally-efficient communications systems are critical in today’s world in both civilian and defense applications,” said Rob Barnes, Chief Commercial Officer at AccelerComm. “We are delighted to have been selected for the DARPA Toolbox initiative to bring our deployment proven IP from the worlds of 5G and Satellite to help researchers develop advanced and innovative projects.”

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