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ECS spinout demos turbo decoder at Mobile World Congress

Published: 
28 February 2017
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Dr Rob Maunder and Dr Taihai Chen

AccelerComm, a spinout company from Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton is in Barcelona this week for the Mobile World Congress - the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry.

AccelerComm is the brainchild of Dr Rob Maunder and Dr Taihai Chen, academics from ECS and its products are 5G-ready error correction decoders for wireless systems.

The introduction of 5G wireless systems will allow us to download and view data ten times faster – with ten times less lag – than we currently can on our mobile devices. This cutting-edge technology could be at our fingertips in five years’ time if superfast hardware is advanced to meet high-tech demands. Rob and Taihai are helping this goal become a reality.

Mobile systems require error correction decoders to process information, however current state-of-the-art decoders will be too slow for the next wave of wireless technology. Rob, an expert in wireless communication algorithms and hardware, has produced 5G-ready error correction decoders which he is spinning out through AccelerComm.

In this video, Rob explains how AccelerComm’s turbo decoder works:

AccelerComm has been five years in development, and draws on the company’s 50 person-years of turbo coding experience and research. They secured a grant through Innovate UK in 2016, enabling them to commercialise the technology. They also received investment from IP Group and gained support from Future Worlds, the University’s on-campus start-up incubator.

Rob and the team are exhibiting at Mobile World Congress 2017, as part of the UK Trade and Industry stand, where they will be demonstrating their ultra-low latency turbo decoder.

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