May 3, 2016

Contact: Amy Hewes

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cal Poly to Dedicate Advanced Communications Laboratory May 6

To: Editors, Reporters and Photojournalists

What: Keysight Advanced Communication Laboratory Dedication

When: Friday, May 6
           3-3:30 p.m. – Dedication Ceremony
           3:30-4 p.m. – Technology demonstrations by students          

Where: Engineering East (Building 20), Room 113, Cal Poly

More information: Cal Poly will dedicate the Keysight Advanced Communications Laboratory in recognition of Keysight Technologies’ support of the university’s strategic initiatives in mobile computing and communications.

Keysight — a manufacturer of test and measurement equipment and software — has recently donated $1.3 million in technology that will allow students and researchers to generate, receive and analyze 4G and emerging 5G wireless signals. With this gift, the Advanced Communications Lab will support Cal Poly College of Engineering’s interdisciplinary strategic initiative in mobile computing and the Electrical Engineering Department’s initiatives in mobile computing and communications.

“The overall goal of the Advanced Communication System lab is to enable our students to be part of the mobile communications explosion that has fostered implementation of data-intensive wireless networks,” said Dennis Derickson, chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. “All 650 electrical engineering students will use the Keysight vector signal analyzers and generators as part of their curriculum, a unique opportunity for undergraduates worldwide.”

Derickson said the industry will transition from 4G to 5G communications over the next decade. The Keysight equipment and lab facility will make it possible for Cal Poly students and researchers to help design that transition.

“With this versatile instrumentation, our students, even at the undergraduate level, will be able to experiment with systems that will enable 5G communications,” he said. “In effect, Cal Poly will be part of the discourse regarding the next generation in communications, making our graduates ever more valuable as professionals.”

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