The airplane industry is interested in replacing heavy cables in aircraft by wireless connectivity. We are currently investigating the potential and feasibility of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology as an option for such systems.
Synchronization algorithms based on the theory of pulse-coupled oscillators are evaluated on programmable radios. It is experimentally demonstrated that the stochastic nature of coupling is a key ingredient for convergence to synchrony. We propose a distributed algorithm for automatic phase rate equalization and show that synchronization precisions below one microsecond are possible.