June 26th, 2010


Marty Cooper: The Cell Phone & "There is no lack of spectrum, only a lack of spectral efficiency."

Hear the story of the invention of the cell phone from the man whose team came up with it at Motorola. The inventor, Martin Cooper, is still at it, improving the gadget he came up with 37 years ago. Morley Safer of 60 minutes reports in this 12 minute segment that aired on 5/23:


as an aside, my favorite (and spot-on, imho!) quote (or "Philosophical Belief" as it is referred to) of Marty (who i know as well as his wife Arlene Harris, the founder of http://www.jitterbug.com/ and http://www.greatcall.com/) is:

"There is no lack of spectrum, only a lack of spectral efficiency."

some writings of Marty on this "Philosophical Belief":

The Myth of Spectrum Scarcity:
Why Shuffling Existing Spectrum Among Users Will Not
Solve America’s Wireless Broadband Challenge

A Martin Cooper Position Paper [6 pages]

from http://www.dynallc.com/#/Martin_Cooper_Publications/

also worthy of a look see/read are the various white papers, et al. over at Marty's company, http://www.arraycomm.com/ -- the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing (MAS). Their A-MAS™ software is running in more than 300,000 base stations today, in 17 countries, with client device solutions on the way. They improve wireless subscriber experiences and radio network economics through gains in coverage, client data rates, and capacity — in WiMAX, GSM, PHS, and HC-SDMA systems. ...

Martin Cooper:
Cell Phone 'Father' Squeezes Spectrum
By Bruce Christian


There is no scarcity of spectrum today—there never has been a shortage
of radio frequency spectrum—and there never need be.

Personal communications and spectrum policy for
the 21st century
Martin Cooper
Presented at the George Mason University
Wednesday, February 21, 2007


with respect to where this is all "going" -- be sure to watch this brief clip --
if not the entire movie -- The President's Analyst ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062153/ ) on "The Cerebrum Communicator" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUa3np4CKC4 (this what Marty colloquially refers to as SAM in his 60 minutes interview)