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Cellular base station shrunk into Raspberry Pi

One of the biggest innovations to come out of the UK in 2012 has been the Raspberry Pi – the sub £30, Linux-based, credit-card sized computer. The aim of the Raspberry Pi Foundation is to educate the next generation of software and hardware engineers in programming, but the device has been hacked for many purposes. Not least by telecoms consultancy PA Consulting, which recently crammed a cellular basestation onto the three inch device.

Prioritising efficiencies: energy versus spectrum

Efforts to improve energy efficiency in cellular have focussed mostly on the electrical efficiency of modules such as the power amplifiers or the cooling. But the higher level network design has largely escaped attention until recently. Simon Tonks, expert in Communications and Electronic Systems at PA Consulting Group, investigates.

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Should privacy be treated as a right to protect stringently, or a commodity for users to trade for benefits?

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