The SCA Test Lab report, led by Randy Navarro of SAIC, is being undertaken for those interested in understanding the finer details of establishing an SCA Test Lab, including understanding its business market posture, its unique customers, and the test processes that are contained in a Test Lab specializing in testing SCA based SDRs in order to evaluate whether they should establish their own SCA test lab or contract their test requirements to a third party. The project will deliver a report that provides through thorough analysis detailed information for establishing an SCA Test Lab by:
· Establishing verification and validation test procedures for testing SCA requirements
· Establishing and understanding test protocols as it pertains to testing SDRs
· Establishing and understanding requirements of a Test Lab
· Addressing the business case as it pertains to the costs, funding, development, and plausible customers of the Test Lab
The SCA Test and Certification working group has identified nine unique entities that form the cohesion and organization for SCA testing existing within the Software Defines Radio eco-system, reports Navarro. The SCA Test Lab is one of the nine entities identified that have an impact for many SDR business organizations looking to establish or utilize SCA Test services. This report identifies the characteristics of an SCA Test Lab from a business perspective as well as a Test organization. Any organization developing SDR products, based on the SCA, are impacted by Test and Certification efforts.
“By streamlining and defining the characteristics of an SCA Test Lab, we envision a limited number of independent SCA Test Labs around the world, to be utilized by SDR business organizations which will allow for a marketplace that is dependable, reliable, and consistent in its test approach towards SDR,” says Navarro. “This will foster and cultivate an environment, whereby, SDR manufacturers no longer sustain a Test Lab, but look for independent Test Organizations to complete their test efforts. From a financial business perspective, this translates to mitigating and controlling costs for testing. Additionally, it provides more transparency between all stakeholders and a constant expectation towards steady costs that are controllable.”
The group expects to complete this report in the first half of 2013, and will move to develop and refine the other eight entities within the SDR Eco-system. As the report impacts all worldwide businesses developing SDR products, Navarro and the Forum are encouraging involvement by all SDR business organizations to devise, plan, and formulate the report.
The State of the Art of Waveform Application Portability report, led by Alberto Quintana of Indra, is for Waveform developers, radio platform manufacturers and radio system integrators who need to reduce the cost, effort and time needed to perform the porting of waveforms among different processing architectures (i.e: DSP, FPGA, GPP). The “State of the art review of waveform application portability (2012)” will be a report that will identify the latest developments and trends in the field of waveform portability in SCA based standards and will provide a common understanding of the main challenges involved in application portability using SCA based architectures. Unlike other existing documents which are based on a specific architecture support and offer a limited view of the portability problem without taking into account the overall needs of the waveform development (i.e. architecture-
“With this project the Wireless Innovation Forum is tackling one of the most challenging issues around Software Defined Radio,” says project leader Quintana. “This project is paving the way for the publication of a set of rules and recommendations aiming to improve the portability of waveform applications. However, for this to happen, the first step is to identify where we are, and what has been achieved so far in the different initiatives and projects. Therefore I would like to invite all members that have been involved in waveform design and implementation, or that have tackled at some point with the portability problem, to participate in this project contributing with their own experiences. Rest assured that any other member with particular interest in portability issues is more than welcomed. I hope to see you all in our next meeting.”
Both groups will be meeting to advance the projects during the Forum’s 74th Technical Interchange Meeting, being held concurrently with SDR-WInnComm 2013 in Washington, DC, 8-11 December 2013. For more information on the event, visit: http://groups.WInnForum.org/
Additional information about the Forum’s groups and projects can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/