TR2008-093

Modified Beacon-Enabled IEEE 802.15.4 MAC for Lower Latency


    •  Bhatti, G.; Mehta, A.; Sahinoglu, Z.; Zhang, J.; Viswanathan, R., "Modified Beacon-Enabled IEEE 802.15.4 MAC for Lower Latency", IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM), ISBN: 978-1-4244-2324-8, November 2008.
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      • @inproceedings{Bhatti2008nov,
      • author = {Bhatti, G. and Mehta, A. and Sahinoglu, Z. and Zhang, J. and Viswanathan, R.},
      • title = {Modified Beacon-Enabled IEEE 802.15.4 MAC for Lower Latency},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM)},
      • year = 2008,
      • month = nov,
      • isbn = {978-1-4244-2324-8},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2008-093}
      • }
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