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Platform And Software for Terminals: Operationally Re-configurAbLe

Objective

The PASTORAL project will provide a re-configurable, real-time platform for third generation (3G) mobile terminal base band development. The platform will include re-configurable FPGA devices designed within the project, according to an ASIC design flow. Re-configurability will be shown for the GSM (Phase II, WB-CDMA (FDD) and TD-CDMA standards. The project will use co-simulation, co-design methodology to obtain silicon parts in an accelerated design-cycle time. The partners will input their existing technology IPR for the communications Standards, under a consortium agreement. The main project deliverable will be a validated, working, real-time platform suitable both for optimisation into commercial terminal products and for field trials of new Standards.

Objectives:
The project aims provides a re-configurable, real-time platform for third generation (3G) mobile terminal baseband development. The emphasis is on the UE PHY (L1, baseband), and all development of test harness protocol is simply to validate the L1 and the re-configuration application. Re-configurability will be shown for the GSM (Phase II), WB-CDMA (FDD) and TD-CDMA standards. The partners will input their existing technology IPR for the communications Standards, under a consortium agreement. The main project deliverable will be a validated, working, real-time platform suitable both for optimisation into commercial terminal products and or field trials of new Standards.

Objectives, in priority order:

define an SDR architecture for the User Equipment (UE), implement it using firstly a co-simulation methodology and secondly physical hardware, and validate it by downloading application and protocol (e.g. new L1, basic L2/3 and user applications) over the air and re-configuring;

functionally partition the terminal to allow viable re-configurability even with commercial product constraints;

show re-configuration by the emulator while attempting attachment to a BTS simulator;

emulate basic mobile terminal baseband functionality (to set up and maintain a connection) of the GSM Phase II, WB-CDMA (FDD) & TD-CDMA, in real time;

optimise the algorithms used, towards production (to balance the real costs of power, complexity and size with the benefits of performance and availability);

identify and address new services not implementable without the SDR Platform

Work description:
The platform will include re-configurable FPGA devices designed within the project, using a new co-simulation, co-design methodology. While the project will not produce diffused silicon parts (due to cost and timescale limitations of the Commission's programme), the methodology will follow the true design flow up to the point where re-configurable ASICs would have been created. Then the project will generate the same logic, but in FPGA form.

Key Issues

Terminal re-configuration

Terminal complexity, cost, power consumption

Co-simulation & co-design methodologies

Addressing network service heterogeneity

Clustering

The areas of interest of the partners correspond to the key actions stated above: "re-configurable radio systems and networks" and "advanced tools and technologies for wireless communications".

The partners recognise that clustering with other interested parties can add value and critical mass. The PASTORAL project will disseminate its public deliverables to all identified parties who express an interest, and hopes that this action will stimulate like responses. The partners intend to send representatives to European Commission clustering activities to attempt to broaden the network of interested parties.

Main consortium interest are:
Software Defined Radio (SDR) techniques in 2G-3G-4G User Equipment (UE);

SDR architecture for UE;
Reconfigurable hardware in UE;

SDR download issues for network and user;
Handling multiple protocol stacks;
Virtual Machines (VMs) for UE;
Co-simulation, co-design methodologies

Expected Impact
The principal impacts will be:
contributions to standards-making and product-planning in terms of verifiable re-configuration performance;
provision of a flexible, re-configurable platform for future developments of standards aimed at either allowing or mandating re-configurability;
provision of a reference point for use by service providers and operators to scope the viability of their future plans for flexible services provision.
Development of prototype MERCI DB with tools for edit, import and provision of data in different formats and for mapping between dictionaries. Installation of MERCI DB in pilot application, currently under evaluation. Interface to MERCI DB for downloading component data from the Web available in Mentor Graphics DMS. P-Lib standard extended and adapted to requirements for capturing electronic components.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
Address
Via Olivetti 2
20041 Agrate Brianza
Italy

Participants (8)

ALCATEL BUSINESS SYSTEMS
France
Address
Rue De La Baume 10
75008 Paris
ALCATEL SPACE INDUSTRIES
France
Address
5 Rue Noel Pons
92000 Nanterre
FRANCE TELECOM
France
Address
6 Place D'alleray
75505 Paris 15
SILICOMP RESEARCH INSTITUTE
France
Address
Avenue De Vignate 2
38610 Gieres
SIRIUS COMMUNICATIONS NV
Belgium
Address
Wingepark 51
3110 Rotselaar
STMICROELECTRONICS N.V., AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, SUCCURSALE DE PLAN-LES-OUATES
Switzerland
Address
Chemin Du Champ-des-filles 39
1228 Plan-les-ouates
TELECOM ITALIA LAB S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via G. Reiss Romoli 274
10148 Torino
THALES COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
France
Address
160 Boulevard De Valmy
92700 Colombes