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Fault Tolerant Software-Defined Radio on Manycore

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
MaXentric Technologies LLC
2071 Lemoine Avenue Suite 302 Fort Lee, NJ 07024-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Fault Tolerant Software-Defined Radio on Manycore
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CC87P
Award Amount: $99,911.00


Mobile communications systems require programmable embedded platforms that can handle computationally demanding signal processing codes without the burden of high power consumption. As hardware performance improves, technology trends have shifted functionality from the gate level up to software, as demonstrated by the emergence of software defined radio. Traditionally, these platforms rely on FPGAs and DSPs, which are costly to program. Application demands for radiation mitigation and fault tolerance exacerbate programmability issues. Maxentric has been developing manycore-based software defined radio (SDR) technologies in an effort to innovate in this market. In this proposal, we describe a radiation-hardened software defined radio system called Resilient. In contrast to current software defined radio systems, Resilient employs a multi-core processor, Maestro. Using Maestro for SDR will enable sophisticated software-based fault tolerance approaches. Moreover, Maestro is based on a general purpose processing architecture that is significantly cheaper and easier to program, debug, and verify than FPGAs.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Ricketts
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Houman Ghajari
Business Official
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MaXentric Technologies
2071 Lemoine Avenue, Suite 302 Fort Lee, NJ 07024

EIN/Tax ID: 223832509
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No