Purdue and Purdue Research Foundation Launch Digital 6G Innovation ‘Lab to Life’ at Discovery Park District


Leading tech companies look to advance 6G in the new district

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Research Foundation and Purdue University announced Tuesday, August 24, the launch of the “Lab to Life” (L2L) digital innovation platform in the Discovery Park District adjacent to the university campus. The launch is the next step in creating one of the most connected innovation communities in the country through the evolution from 5G to 6G.

“6G will move from one domain to a foundation to many vertical domains, from one network to a heterogeneous network of networks. From dynamic sharing and new spectra to cutting-edge intelligence and open architecture, 6G research must be accelerated through deployment in the United States, ”said Mung Chiang, Purdue executive vice president for strategic initiatives and Dean John A. Edwardson of the College of Engineering. “This group of leading industry partners and their leaders will transform the Discovery Park District of Purdue into the nation’s first large-scale 6G deployment area and, along with other essentials such as learning and the arts, will create a connected work-live-game community. “

L2L leverages the unique governance structure and open, neutral technology infrastructure deployed across the district’s more than 400 acres to advance the development of next-generation wireless networks and digital applications.

Earlier this year, PRF announced partnerships with neutral host infrastructure provider Tilson to deploy over 15 miles of high capacity fiber, emanating from an edge data center, and with SBA Communications for the deployment of CBRS networks. private throughout the district. Over the next decade, this community infrastructure will provide products and services to the approximately 20,000 people who will live, work, learn and visit the district.

“Our vision has been to provide not only one of the most connected communities in the United States for residents, employers and visitors to the neighborhood,” said David Broecker, Director of Innovation and Collaboration for PRF . “We also wanted to create an innovation community with a set of capabilities and assets to advance digital solutions in collaboration with leading technology companies and industrial partners. “

To support these efforts, PRF and Purdue formed the Technology Leaders Advisory Board (TLAB) made up of leading technology companies to advise on the further construction of networks and infrastructure in a way that maintains the open nature of the platform. to support future deployment. networks and applications. Member companies include AT&T, Celona, ​​Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, Intel, SBA Communications and Tilson.

“Over time, we want to expand this group to include others,” said Troy Hege, PRF vice president for technology and innovation. “The combination of being adjacent to the Purdue campus and advancing innovation by leveraging the district’s infrastructure platform provides the perfect environment for testing and evaluating next-generation technology solutions. “

Later this fall, a competition for cutting edge innovations ready for deployment will be held. Universities and companies will be invited to propose technologies that they wish to deploy either in infrastructure or in 5G, WiFi6 and 6G applications.

About Discovery Park District

The Discovery Park District is a 400-acre, billion-plus community adjacent to campus that will include labs, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, offices, retail stores, restaurants, housing, green spaces, trails and an airport with 7,000-foot track. The neighborhood, which is a designated opportunity area, is home to the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration, a facility designed to serve as a “gateway” for companies looking to collaborate with Purdue. Companies wishing to locate in the Discovery Park District or Convergence Center should contact David Broecker, Head of Innovation and Collaboration at the Purdue Research Foundation, at [email protected]


David Broecker: [email protected]

Troy Hege: [email protected]

Media inquiries: Christy Denault, 317-417-6322

Contact for the Purdue Research Foundation: Steve Martin, [email protected]

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