March 1, 2024

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Who are the leading innovators in software-defined radio for the technology industry?

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 1.5 million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Software-defined radio is a key innovation area in 5G

Software-defined radio (SDR) is a communication system in which traditionally hardware-based components such as mixers, filters, amplifiers, and modulators/demodulators are replaced by software running on general-purpose computers or embedded computing devices. This software-based approach allows for flexible and reconfigurable radio functionalities, eliminating the need for dedicated hardware components.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 20+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of software-defined radio.

Key players in software-defined radio – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to software-defined radio

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson is the leading patent filer in software-defined radio. One of the company’s patents focuses on physical random access channel signal generation optimization for 5G new radio. 

Other prominent patent filers in the space include NEC and IBM. 

By geographic reach, Dell Technologies leads the pack, followed by ZTE and IBM. In terms of application diversity, C3DNA holds the top position, followed by IBM and Siemens.  

Technology innovation in software-defined radio has brought significant advancements to the market by enabling flexible and reconfigurable wireless communication systems.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on 5G.


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GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.


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