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This paper describes the development of a new Software Defined Communications (SDC) testbed architecture. SDC aims to generalize the area of software defined radio to include propagation media not exclusively limited to radio frequencies (optical, ultrasonic, etc.). This SDC platform leverages existing and custom hardware in combination with reference software applications in order to provide a complete research and development platform. This platform can be used to implement current and future standards that make use of highly demanding communications techniques, including UltraWideBand (UWB) radio and free-space optical communications.
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