RF spectral convergence is a novel system 'world-view' that encourages increased cooperation between RF systems and utilizing RF energy (or waveforms) for multiple applications. It is a paradigm shift from the current manner in which systems are designed and deployed. In the RF convergence model, systems are required to be more flexible and capable, resulting in multi-function systems that have more spectral efficiency, reliability, system capabilities when compared to current 'stovepiped' systems. For example, a multi-function system can combine the functionality of radar, communications, and position, navigation, and timing systems.RF spectral convergence outlines approaches that will shape RF systems of the future, enabling networks of RF, mmWave, and terahertz systems that jointly execute multiple radio functions, including communications; radar; positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT); spectral situational awareness; and opportunistic spectrum access in the not-so-distant future.In this paper, we review the set of challenges obstructing the integration of such devices into the same spectral region. We also briefly discuss some of the advances in processor or system-on-chip technology that that enable spectral convergence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021
EditorsMichael B. Matthews
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665458283
StatePublished - 2021
Event55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021 - Virtual, Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: Oct 31 2021Nov 3 2021

Publication series

NameConference Record - Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
ISSN (Print)1058-6393


Conference55th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Pacific Grove


  • Navigation
  • Position measurement
  • Radar
  • Spectral convergence
  • Spectrum sharing
  • Timing
  • Wireless communications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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