Products are in process for VME radio frequency standard

Products are on the way that use a new communications standard recently approved by VMEbus International Trade Association called VITA Radio Transport (VRT). The standard defines....

By Control Engineering Staff May 14, 2008

Upper Saddle River, NJ – At least four companies announced intentions to develop and market products using a new communications standard recently approved by

VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA)

called VITA Radio Transport (VRT). The VITA VRT working group expects to move toward recognition of VRT as an American National Standard within the next six months. The companies that made the May 12 announcement

Digital Receiver Technology Inc. (DRT)


DRS Signal Solutions (DRS-SS)


Eclipse Electronic Systems

, and

Pentek Inc

The VRT standard defines a transport-layer protocol designed to promote interoperability between RF (radio frequency) receivers and signal processing equipment in a wide range of applications, the companies say, including
“VRT is a natural fit with VITA’s other open standards,” says John Rynearson, technical director, VITA. “Since the beginning of VME, VITA has promoted the concept of open technology and open standards for the critical embedded marketplace.” Lee Pucker, chief executive officer, SDR Forum, says, “Standards such as VRT are important to the SDR Forum and its members. When combined with application programming interfaces such as the SDR Forum’s approved Smart Antenna API or the Transceiver API that are currently in development, these standards promote an ecosystem of vendors with interoperable radio technologies. This results in faster time to market/time to deployment with lower development and production costs.”
High-speed serial data links allow wide-bandwidth communication signals to be exchanged in packetized format. VRT standardizes this packet structure with features specifically useful to defense and aerospace communication applications, the companies say. The VRT protocol was created by and is supported by a wide industry base of organizations, including RF receiver manufacturers, digital signal processor manufacturers, data recorder manufacturers, prime contractors and government agencies.
The four companies comment on

VRT’s anticipated impact


– Edited by  Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
Control Engineering News Desk
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