Developed under the U.S. Department of Defense's multi-billion dollar Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program with input provided by the SDR Forum, the SCA is a set of specifications that describes the interaction between software and hardware components of an SDR and provides software commands to control its function. The SCA supports the JTRS mission to ensure that SDR devices from different manufacturers can effectively and efficiently communicate with each other.
In addition to military applications by the United States and numerous coalition forces, the SCA also is being closely examined by work groups within the Forum for its portability and use in the commercial wireless and public safety applications.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. is expected to complete the reference waveform by September 2006. It will be available to Forum members for a period of six months, and will then be released to the industry via the Forum's website at http://www.sdrforum.org.
The Forum has been active in the development and implementation of the SCA. Most recently, the Forum teamed up with Communications Research Center (CRC), Canada, to develop version 2.2 of the SCA -- a Java-based reference implementation available for free on the CRC's website (http://www.crc.ca/rars). This version has been certified by the Joint Test and Evaluation Laboratory. In addition, a one-channel push-to-talk application is available to help demonstrate the functionality of the SCA.
About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:MRCY) is the leading provider of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems. Mercury's products play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the Company's systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury's systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection. Mercury provides advanced 3D image processing and visualization software and optimized systems to diverse end markets including life sciences, geosciences, and simulation. The Company also provides radio frequency (RF) products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial applications. Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors. Visit Mercury on the web at http://www.mc.com.
About the Software Defined Radio Forum
The Software Defined Radio Forum is an international industry association dedicated to supporting the development and deployment of software defined radio systems that enable flexible and adaptable architectures in advanced wireless systems. The membership of the SDR Forum spans commercial, defense, and civil government organizations, and includes wireless service providers, network operators, component and equipment manufacturers, hardware and software developers, regulatory agencies, and academia. Presently numbering more than 125 organizations, the SDR Forum's membership includes major commercial wireless players from Asia, Europe, and North America. The SDR Forum's administrative office is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Additional information is available on the SDR Forum website at http://www.sdrforum.org.