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Tektronix joins Virginia Tech's SDR test bed development

Posted: 21 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tektronix? software defined radio? portable radio research group?

Tektronix has joined the effort at the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG) at Virginia Tech to develop a Software Defined Radio test bed and open source SCA (software communications architecture) implementation.

Dubbed the Embedded OSSIE, Tektronix is developing and delivering the test and measurement equipment to be integrated within the test-bed and helping to define and validate future test systems and methodologies for commercial SDR implementations.

SCA provides a framework developed in response to the U.S. government's need to have a common SDR definition for any company to write any waveform on to any radio to support multiband-multimode radios, global roaming, runtime reconfigurability, and over-the-air-programming.

The objective for OSSIE is to provide a platform that is simple, easy to expand, and an open-source for the development of waveforms following the guidelines laid down by the SCA specifications under the JTRS program as well as the Object Management Group (OMG).

"The emergence and convergence of many technologies and standards requires comprehensive testing to ensure proper operation of SDR. Tektronix' equipment provides a pivotal role in the OSSIE test-bed by integrating analysis and measurement instrumentation that supports the broadest range of industry standards", commented Dr. Jeff Reed, professor and deputy director of the MPRG.

The two key Tektronix products integrated into the OSSIE test Bed are the AWG400 range of Arbitrary Waveform Generators and the RSA3308A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers.

- John Walko

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