Leaders of computer industry standards organization OMG[tm] and reconfigurable radio technologies industry association The Wireless Innovation Forum met recently at a joint meeting of the Wireless Innovation Forum and JTRS JPEO, to discuss ways they can better serve the members of both organizations. Key outputs resulting from this meeting include a plan to develop a whitepaper highlighting the process followed and success achieved in the joint development of the “PIM and PSM for Smart Antenna” specification, and discounts on first-year membership for members of each organization to join the other to simplify and support collaborative development in the future.
“Both the OMG and WInnForum have extensive experience in quickly crafting high-quality and implementable standards that are incorporated in real products. Both organizations have contributed to multiple international programs, such as the JTRS program, and will continue to do so wherever appropriate to support our members’ needs,” said Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., chairman and CEO, OMG. “Our organizations are committed to supporting our members in addressing the requirements for wireless applications in multiple domains through a steady stream of relevant work over the coming years.”
Software defined radio technology has matured, with applicability growing to address a wide range of application areas including automotive, public safety, global tracking, consumer electronics and cellular network infrastructure, in addition to the military applications that gave the field its start. Previously, members of the OMG and Wireless Innovation Forum collaborated in support of these markets to create the first ever software-based communications specification to support smart antennas. The “PIM and PSM for Smart Antenna” specification is comprised of three major components:
- The Unified Modeling Language[tm] (UML®) Profile for Smart Antenna (SA), which defines a language for modeling a smart antenna system by expanding the UML language
- The SA Platform Independent Model (PIM), which provides a set of interfaces for interfacing with the signal processing module, RF module, and controller module
- The SA Platform Specific Model (PSM), which provides a rule for transforming the elements of the profile and SA PIM into the platform specific model for Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA®) interface definition language and XML
This specification is available free for download on both the OMG’s and the Wireless Innovation Forum’s Websites.
“The Forum is pleased to be partnered with organizations such as the OMG in supporting our members in driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide,” said Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “Successful efforts such as the joint development with the OMG of the ‘PIM and PSM for Smart Antenna’ show the value in combining the experience and expertise of the Forum’s members in software defined and cognitive radio technologies with the experience and expertise of the OMG’s members in software-based and computer technology to the mutual benefit of the members of both organizations.”
The complete library of Wireless Innovation Forum Reports, Recommendations and Specifications can be found here: www.wirelessinnovation.org/page/Document_Library
The full catalog of OMG specifications is available here: www.omg.org/technology/documents/spec_catalog.htm
A key offering in this catalog relevant to the software radio community is the PIM and PSM for Software Radio Components (PPSRC). Originally based on the U.S. Military’s Software Communications Architecture (SCA), the PPSRC can be used to design SCA-compliant configurations, and is flexible enough to allow lighter-weight designs at various conformance levels. The PPSRC and specifications built on it will support, for example, implementations on a FPGA, DSP, or ASIC. This opens the door to widespread use in the commercial world as well as military and crisis-response settings.
OMG and the WInnForum are inviting any groups or organizations that may have interest or expertise in this area to participate. For information on membership in OMG, contact Ken Berk, vice president, business development at +1-781-444 0404. For information on membership in the Wireless Innovation Forum, please contact Lee Pucker at +1-604-828-9846.
About the Wireless Innovation Forum
Established in 1996, The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version 2.0) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to driving technology innovation in commercial, civil, and defense communications worldwide. Members bring a broad base of experience in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies in diverse markets and at all levels of the wireless value chain to address emerging wireless communications requirements.
OMG[tm] is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes.