SCA Application Domains

Although originally created for tactical Software Defined Radios (SDR), the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) is a Component Based Development (CBD) architecture that targets all embedded systems developments regardless of the application domain. The SCA provides developers with a high level abstraction between the software and hardware platforms, greatly simplifies development cycles, promotes software reuse and facilitates system updates and upgrades. The SCA also minimizes development risk, and improves overall quality of complex heterogeneous embedded systems.

Providing operating system and programming language independence, hardware abstraction, location transparency, as well as being able to deploy software components across a variety of hardware processors (GPP, DSP, GPU, FPGA) the SCA is now being used in the telecommunications, aerospace, radar, electronic warfare, robotics, and instrumentation domains.

Software Defined Radio

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnF), an international non-profit corporation dedicated to advocating the advancement of radio technologies that support essential or critical communications worldwide, identifies a Software Defined Radio (SDR) as a “Radio in which some or all of the physical layer functions are Software Defined”.


Test & Measuring Instruments

As Software-defined radios (SDRs) are being more widely deployed, test and measurement instruments are ramping up to be able to test SDRs in a way that was not possible before. The market is moving so fast, manufacturers need to be able react quickly.



Radar systems must perform massive signal analysis to convert information, collected by the antennas, into some form accessible by the user, be it an air traffic controller, weather monitoring or an embedded computer autonomously controlling a larger system (cars, robots, drones).


Electronic Warfare

Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities are becoming invaluable necessities in combat situations. Advanced warning, searching, intercepting, locating, recording, detection and target acquisition are indispensable tasks in EW.


Robotics and Automation

Historically and traditionally the communications facilities and autonomous capabilities of a unmanned system have been completely independent. Communications and autonomy were stove piped sub-systems whose only interface was a port through which binary data was sent to the radio for transmission, and received from the radio for processing.



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