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Keynote Speaker Matt Ettus

GNU Radio and the USRP: Building a Community and an FPGA-Based Software Radio

Ettus Research, Santa Clara, California GNU Radio is a free software project for software radio. Matt Ettus joined the project shortly after it was founded in 2001. He soon realized that for the project to be truly successful, it needed low cost hardware on which to build those radios, and so he designed the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) in 2003 and 2004. Since then, both projects have achieved significant growth and success. In 2010, Matt's company, Ettus Research, was acquired by National Instruments, and it continues to produce products and free software for the community. This talk will cover the history of both projects, some of the technical details of the FPGA-based hardware architecture, and the community experience over its 12 years of active development.


Matt Ettus is a core contributor to the GNU Radio project, a free framework for Software Radio, and is the creator of the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP). In 2004, Matt founded Ettus Research to develop, support and commercialize the USRP family of products. Ettus Research was acquired by National Instruments in 2010, and Matt continues as its president. USRPs are in use in over 100 countries for everything from cellular and satellite communications to radio astronomy, medical imaging, and wildlife tracking. In 2010, the USRP family won the Technology of the Year award from the Wireless Innovation Forum. In the past Matt has designed Bluetooth chips, GPS systems, and high performance microprocessors. Before that, he received BSEE and BSCS degrees from Washington University and an MSECE degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. In 2011, Matt was named an eminent member of Eta Kappa Nu. He is based in Mountain View, CA.