Tektronix (Beaverton, OR) announced its participation with the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG) at Virginia Tech on the development of a software-defined-radio (SDR) test bed and embedded Open Source Software Communications Architecture (SCA) implementation (Embedded OSSIE) test-bed framework. The efforts are means to define and validate future test systems and methodologies that will meet the needs of commercial and military customers looking to leverage SDR.
The SCA framework was developed in response to the United States government's need for a common SDR definition to allow any company to support any multiband-multimode radio with over-the-air programming. The military has mandated that any radio developed for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program of the Department of Defense (DOD) must be implemented in the SCA environment. The OSSIE platform is designed to be easy to expand by means of open-source development.
Tektronix will provide an integrated measurement solution for SDR testing and validation, using such tools as the AWG400 family of arbitrary waveform generators and the RSA3308A series of real-time spectrum analyzers. According to Rich McBee, Tektronix's Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Service and Marketing, "Virginia Tech is one of the nation's premier academic institutions and MPRG is one of the nation's leading projects in the wireless communications field. We're honored to be working side by side with Virginia Tech on this initiative."