This report reviews the status of wireless technologies and information networks around the world, with particular focus on comparisons between Europe, Japan, and the United States. Specific topics include coding,modulation and multiple access; switching and routing; channel characterization and propagation models; hardware for RF front-end; smart antennas; and holistic design of wireless systems. The study includes site reports for visits conducted by panel members to leading research laboratories and universities in Europe and Japan. The panel concluded that three major areas of technology must figure prominently in additional research. These areas include the following: (1) hardware integration and the "system-on-a-chip"; (2) the exploitation of spatial diversity by smart antennas; (3) design by vertical integration on software platforms.

Published: July 2000; WTEC Hyper-Librarian