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Nokia Networks donates research platforms for research and teaching purposes

Nokia Networks has donated FPGA circuits to the Department of Pervasive Computing at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) to be used for research and teaching purposes in the fields of computer and communications engineering.
Anssi Örn from Nokia Networks hands out the FPGA circuits to Jarmo Takala. The photo also includes Timo Hämäläinen (left) as well as Pasi Kolinummi and Tuomas Järvinen from Nokia Networks.
Anssi Örn from Nokia Networks hands out the FPGA circuits to Jarmo Takala. The photo also includes Timo Hämäläinen (left) as well as Pasi Kolinummi and Tuomas Järvinen from Nokia Networks.

FPGAs are field-programmable gate arrays that make it possible to develop and test the functionalities of a wide range of digital devices in real time instead of having to rely on software simulations. They represent the same latest technology that Nokia Networks uses in its own integrated circuit designs, where the focus has shifted towards the development of 5G technology.  

The donation reflects the commitment of Nokia Networks to support research and education pertaining to the latest communications technology at TUT and marks the continuation of the long-term collaboration between Nokia and Tampere University of Technology.

“The donated FPGA platforms are state-of-the-art hardware with improved performance. They allow us to demonstrate various modern digital systems in real time, such as video coding, communications receivers, and GPS receivers,” Professor Jarmo Takala says.   

Professor Timo Hämäläinen is planning to utilize the new platforms, among others, during his System Design Course. The process of transferring an application used during one of the course assignments to the new platform was immediately started.

“The performance of the new platforms is significantly better than that of our existing ones. As our research findings are closely integrated into classroom teaching, our students have access to the latest research,” Hämäläinen says.

Further information:

Professor Jarmo Takala, Tampere University of Technology, tel. +358 40 541 6897, firstname.lastname@tut.fi
R&D Manager Anssi Örn, Nokia Networks, anssi.orn@nokia.com  

News submitted by: Anna Naukkarinen
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