SOURCE: LynuxWorks

November 14, 2006 08:00 ET

LynuxWorks and Communications Research Centre Join Forces to Deliver New Development Environment for Software Defined Radio Systems

CRC's SCARI++ Core Framework to Be Added to LynxOS Real-Time Embedded Operating System

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- LynuxWorks™ Inc., a leading supplier of embedded operating systems, and the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), developer of the world-renowned SCARI Software Suite, today announced a partnership that will offer the embedded systems industry a powerful component-based development and runtime environment for software defined radio (SDR) applications, allowing developers to shift from hardware-centric proprietary radios to software-controlled, reprogrammable, standards-based radios that offer maximum flexibility and value.

Scheduled for release early next year, the partnership will result in the integration of LynuxWorks' LynxOS®, the only hard, real-time operating system with broad conformance to open standards such as Linux™, POSIX® and Unix®, with the CRC's SCARI Software Suite. By providing a top-quality Component-Based Development (CBD) environment, the companies will enable developers to take advantage of software-controlled radios that are able to be reconfigured to switch among different channel frequencies or communications protocols and support the "triple play" in communications -- voice, data and video. This new environment also will be ideal for use in other embedded systems markets, such as avionics, automobile and consumer electronics industries.

"By joining forces with CRC, LynuxWorks will bring the CRC-developed Software Communications Architecture Core Framework to the LynuxWorks operating system," said Steve Blackman, director of military and aerospace systems, LynuxWorks. "Using the SCARI Software Suite and LynxOS, developers will be able to rapidly build and validate their SCA-conformant applications to run on their embedded system platforms."

The SCARI Software Suite is a complete Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for SDR. It includes an implementation of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) Core Framework, as specified by the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as a set of tools to simplify the SCA development life cycle. The tools provide intuitive templates and automatically generate the required code to transform the signal processing components into SCA enabled ones. Run-time monitoring tools are also provided to inspect the radio and software deployment.

"We are thrilled to be partnered with LynuxWorks and to have the opportunity to make such a positive contribution to the embedded systems market," said Claude Bélisle, vice president of satellite communications and radio propagation at CRC. "By bringing the CRC-developed SCARI Software Suite to the LynuxWorks' real-time OS, we aim to offer an excellent software environment to quickly and efficiently develop embedded system applications."

A foundational technology, the SCARI Core Framework uses ORBexpress, a real-time Object Request Broker (ORB) from Objective Interface Systems, as the communications backbone.

"Objective Interface has a long history of supporting virtually every LynuxWorks platform," said Joe Jacob, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Objective Interface Systems. "The integration of our ORBexpress high-performance communications framework with LynxOS and the SCARI Software Suite creates a robust and powerful development environment for high-performance radios. We are pleased to be a part of this development environment, and the close engineering collaboration that we have with both LynuxWorks and CRC ensures that customers will have a well-engineered and seamless development experience."

LynuxWorks is a long-time commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) provider of POSIX-conformant operating systems used in numerous Black Radio Programs. The LynuxWorks' family of operating systems offers high performance and full SCA-conformance in a flexible, scalable and portable solution.

About LynuxWorks

LynuxWorks is a world leader in the embedded software market, providing operating systems, software development products and consulting services for the world's most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies. Established in 1988, the company is a technology leader in the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry. LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San José, Calif. For more information visit www.lynuxworks.com.

About the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)

CRC is the Canadian government's primary laboratory for research and development (R&D) in advanced telecommunications. R&D is used for public policy purposes and to strengthen the Canadian economy through technology and knowledge transfer. Under its four research branches (Terrestrial Wireless, Satellite Communications and Radio Propagation Research, Broadband Network Technologies and Broadcast Technology), CRC specializes in taking an interdisciplinary approach to longer-term R&D in wireless systems, radio fundamentals, communication networks, photonics and interactive multimedia. An early adopter of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA), CRC has been involved in the evolution and adaptation of the specification. CRC also offers a number of products and services for the development of SDR technology. More information about CRC is available at: www.crc.ca.

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