2016 Innovation Showcase Featured Demonstrations


Demo 1: Jump your SCA 4.1 development using the first high performance compliant development platform

As a world leader in wireless test Cobham AvComm has teamed with NordiaSoft to provide the industry’s first high performance SCA 4.1 compliant development platform.  It combines Cobham’s new state-of-the-art modular platform with the NordiaSoft SCA Core Framework and full suite of SCA tools that are both SCA 2.2.2 and 4.1 compliant.  The Cobham SCA Platform fully supports NordiaSoft’s unique automated SCA 2.2.2 to 4.1 capabilities that greatly ease the development transition.  These tools will run alongside and fully integrate with the Cobham SCA Platform’s simulation, development, emulation and test capabilities supporting the entire SCA lifecycle. 

Demo 2: Significantly reduce costs and time-to-market by simulating, developing, emulating and testing on the same SCA compliant platform

Simulation, Design, Emulation and Test are all challenging phases of an SCA device or system lifecycle.  Each one is typically addressed individually using a wide variety of commercial and home-grown hardware and software tools that in many cases don’t integrate well, if at all, or the level of effort to integrate them does not meet return on investment thresholds.  This leads to many duplications of effort and lack of traceability throughout the SCA development lifecycle—precisely the things that the SCA promises help avoid!  As a world leader in wireless test Cobham AvCommhas partnered with NordiaSoft, a world leader in SCA software, to introduce the Cobham SCA Platform.  The first to support the entire lifecycle of an SCA device or system, and based on the platform that EDN Network called “The number one modular instrument news story of 2015”!  Simulate your waveforms and applications on fully SCA compliant hardware and software before you start designing your SCA device; Prototype your SCA device using “calibrated” test equipment grade hardware; Integrate your prototype hardware and software into the SCA Platform and test it as you go with a completely integrated suite of “SCA based” test capabilities; Once you get your first precious pre-production or production SCA devices, use the SCA Platform with waveforms, software and hardware developed in previous phases to emulate an entire system or network; Extensively reuse waveforms, software and hardware from all previous phases in production, depot and field test configurations of the same SCA Platform to provide unprecedented test performance and requirements traceability, and eliminate those pesky no-fault-found issues.


Demo 1: Handheld Real-Time Spectrum Monitoring for Environmental Sensing Capability

Come see a handheld, battery operated real-time spectrum analyzer running on an Ettus USRP E312 SDR. We will also showcase the E313, an IP67 rated outdoor solution for spectrum monitoring.


Demo 2: Direction Finding using Superheterodyne Receivers


Come see direction finding using the MUSIC algorithm on Ettus USRP TwinRX superheterodyne daughterboards in an Ettus USRP X310 SDR.


Demo1: SDR/SCA DEVELOPMENT TOOLS FOCUS - Solutions for SCA 2.2.2 to SCA 4.1 migration

The SCA is a powerful and proven framework for the deployment and execution of signal processing applications on heterogeneous platforms. After a major upgrade to the SCA specification, companies are now faced with the challenge of migrating SCA 2.2.2 code to SCA 4.1 compliant code.

NordiaSoft will showcase its new release of SCA Architect, a software tool conceived to greatly simplify the development of SCA applications and platforms, and now including the capability to automatically transform SCAv2.2.2 code into SCAv4.1 compliant code, a capability unique on the market.

Relying on a Zero Merge code generation engine, SCA Architect, a Model-Driven Development (MDD) tool, keeps user-added business logic separate from the SCA specific infrastructure source code enabling the tool to easily replace the SCAv2,2,2 code with SCA4.1 code without affecting the application specific business logic.


Demo 2: SDR PLATFORMS FOCUS - Efficient Software Porting Between Heterogeneous Platforms using OpenCL™

Developing software that can be easily ported to run on a variety of heterogeneous platform is a challenging task, and techniques to achieve it have been identified by the WInnF as the number 1 most wanted innovation.

NordiaSoft will showcase how, using the Open Computing Language (OpenCL), an application can be built and integrated in the SCA environment to run on a variety of heterogeneous processors without changes in its source code.  The demonstration will show the complete development cycle of SCA components, including modeling, code generation, and addition of business logic (using OpenCL code to perform the signal processing portion of the application). The SCA Application will be executed on processing elements of different architectures (GPP,GPU, or FPGA) without changing the OpenCL business logic (source code).





Enhanced air-ground communications in fast moving, multi-path environments (Wednesday only)

Air-ground communications in CAS (Close Air Support) applications are characterised by a fast moving transmitter (Aircraft) and a receiver sometimes located in an urban area, with many surrounding buildings acting as wave reflectors. In such situations, high speed data communications (e.g. for a video signal) using single carrier modulation are severely hampered by the echoes. Two French project associating the SME TeamCast and Thales Communications & Security have proposed enhancements for such applications. Both projects were supported by the French Ministry of Defence. The first project, ECHO, added an efficient channel equalizer on the receiver capable of cancelling echoes within a 5 µs time interval. This equalizer also handles high Doppler spread, up to 4 kHz, at the cost of sacrificing some net capacity by inserting reference patterns. The second project, MAXSIMO, added antenna diversity to the ECHO receiver in order to further improve the robustness of the transmission. In both projects, after proper channel models were defined, the algorithms were first refined through simulation, real-time demonstrators were built and the performances of the proposed solutions were verified through extensive laboratory testing using channel emulators. This presentation is about the results of the two projects. It shows the significant gains of transmission performance reached by the two complementary approaches.



2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz Dynamic Spectrum Sharing demonstrations

RED Technologies aims to demonstrate its Dynamic Spectrum Sharing implementations in 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands. 2.3 GHz will showcase CEPT's Licensed Shared Access (LSA) and 3.5 GHz will showcase FCC's Spectrum Access System (SAS) and CBSD Domain Proxy (DM).



Improving portability for radio signal processing layers: the Transceiver Test Tool in motion

Portability of radio signal processing SDR Application layers requires to ensure consistency between the developed SDR Application and the underlying radio signal acquisition system on much more than the API software interface. Standard Transceiver APIs (from WInnF and ESSOR) have therefore augmented the traditional software interface standardization ("API" strictly speaking) with the concept of Performance Criteria, that address the complementary areas of signal processing performance, time accuracy of over-the-air bursts operation and hard real-time programming constraints. Verifying that a given Transceiver implementation meets the requirements of the signal processing SDR Application layer has become a critical aspect on the IVV path, which led to development of the Thales Transceiver Test Tool. The Transceiver Test Tool, stemming from earlier portability experiences, developed and used in ESSOR Programme, is now used in on-going SDR products developments. It enables to secure porting of Thales waveform PHY Layers. Demonstration will present the Transceiver Test Tool features and typical usage.


University of Oulu

Demo 1: Rapidly Deployable Network Concept with Licensed Shared Access System

We will demonstrate a licensed shared access (LSA) concept based spectrum sharing method in the context of special applications such as public safety (PS), military and commercial systems (CS). We focus on a system where PS has its own rapidly deployable wireless network and is an LSA licensee of the spectrum, which gives the PS the possibility to gain additional spectrum dynamically. Especially interest is in how the network can be built securely and robustly against connection breaks and suggestion of key functionalities of different LSA system components. The demonstration provides solutions for PS and CS using LSA system to obtain spectrum in a robust manner. In this demonstration, we concentrate on handling LSA system connection breaks. The results show that the presented method increases the reliability of the LSA system.

Demo 2: Field Trial of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) / Spectrum Access System (SAS)

This demonstration presents a field trial of the latest US spectrum sharing concept for mobile broadband. The proposed demonstration is part of the Finnish spectrum sharing trial continuum that started in 2013 with the World's first Licensed Shared Access (LSA) trial. The demonstration is now expanded towards the US three-tier Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) model for 3.5 GHz band that introduces an additional more dynamic sharing layer in addition to the two layers available in the LSA model. The trial is implemented based on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC's) definitions and Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnF) Spectrum Sharing Committee's recommendations. The trial consists of commercial LTE network components like 3.5GHz base stations, user equipment, network management system, and core network. Additional spectrum sharing specific components are developed on top of the LTE system including Domain Proxy and advanced algorithms for Spectrum Access System (SAS) to enable frequency allocation for the CBSDs. Both the standalone and operator driven CBSDs are considered. Our trial gives a unique opportunity to see live how a commercial LTE network adapts to the SAS frequency allocation. Furthermore, performance and latency measurements (e.g. evacuation time).



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