BittWare and Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) introduced the Software Programmable Reconfiguration (SPR) reference platform. The new platform enables designers to create software-defined radio (SDR) applications quickly and cost-effectively. With the SPR platform, developers of SDRs and other digital signal processing (DSP)-based applications have a flexible, portable and low-cost design methodology for exploring software reconfiguration of military waveform functionality.
The SPR reference platform consists of BittWare’s RapidTCA developer systems and Altera’s Cyclone III FPGA developer kit. The reference design includes a SPR design methodology for waveform and DSP within the FPGA, which accelerates system development via software configurations.
The SPR platform leverages AMC and MicroTCA form factors with BittWare’s hybrid FPGA coprocessing products and Altera’s low-power, low cost, and high-functionality Cyclone® III FPGA family. The result is a software-based methodology for reconfiguring system functionality. The SPR platform reduces development times for SDRs and DSP-based applications by replacing multiple iterations of hardware reconfigurations with software compiles. This approach helps reduce risk and accelerate SDR hardware systems.
The SPR reference platform is currently available from BittWare, with prices starting at $12,500.