University of Texas partners with tech companies to create new 6G R&D center

The University of Texas (UT) has partnered with technology companies Qualcomm, Samsung, AT&T, NVIDIA and InterDigital to establish a new research center, dubbed 6G @ UT, to lay the foundation for 6G.

“The advancements in wireless communications and machine learning over the past decade have been incredible, yet distinct,” said Jeffrey Andrews, director of 6G @ UT. “Coupled with vast new detection and location capabilities, 6G will be defined by unprecedented native intelligence, which will transform the network’s ability to deliver incredible services. “

The founding members will each fund at least two projects for three years in the new 6G center.

Researchers from the companies will work alongside faculty members and students at the University of Texas to develop wireless-specific machine learning algorithms, advanced detection technologies, and backbone network innovations that will be the backbone of 6G.

UT noted that the introduction of terahertz (THz) bands and higher detection resolution through massively dense antenna arrays will allow operators to better monitor the quality of their networks in a variety of locations – from office towers to bustling city centers to remote rural areas. . The 6G networks will be loaded with software-defined radar, vision, audio, lidar, thermal, seismic and broadband radio sensors that will provide unprecedented situational awareness to applications and devices operating on the network, UT said.

Todd Humphreys, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin, said: Headsets and other latency sensitive applications can be serviced with total reliability.

Other major pillars of the new center and crucial elements of 6G include the need to open new spectrum and low Earth orbit satellite links to improve coverage in rural and urban areas and to design new network architectures. to allow better sharing of resources and infrastructure.

The North American mobile industry standards group ATIS’s Next G alliance recently announced the formation of working groups and the launch of its technical program. The 6G National Roadmap Working Group is the key group and will address the full commercialization lifecycle.

So far, the Next G Alliance comprises 50 information and communications companies covering infrastructure, semiconductor and device providers; operators and other organizations, including research.

Many other countries, including China, Japan and the European Union, have also launched projects, programs and alliances to shape the 6G framework and main business direction.

The first commercial deployments of 6G technology are expected to take place between 2028 and 2029, according to global technology market consultancy ABI Research.

The research company also said it expects the first standards for 6G to be ready by 2026.

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