ESA Intended Invitation To Tender

18.1TT.84


Title: DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING BUILDING BLOCKS FOR SATELLITE INTERNET OF THINGS COMMUNICATIONS (ARTES AT 6B.057) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)
Program ref.: CC for Advanced Tech
Tender Type: C
Quarter: 184
Tender Status: INTENDED
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01C - CC for Advanced Tech
Proc. Prop.: DIPC
Special Prov.: BE+DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+ES+SE+CH+GB+IE+AT+NO+FI+PT+GR+LU+CZ+RO+CA
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Technologies and Products Division
Responsible: Schmitt, Dietmar
Products: Ground Segment / Ground Station / Baseband equipment / Telemetry and Telecommand equipment, Tracking, Ranging and Doppler measurement equipment, CODECS, ...
Techology Domains: RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / Telecommunication Systems/Subsystems / Telecom Signal Processing
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 - Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg...
Publication Date: 07-JAN-19

Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop, implement and verify core digital signal processing (DSP) sub-modules for Satcom Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) transceivers. The DSP cores shall be bit-true implemented for a set of commercially available hardware platforms. Targeted Improvements: Enabling core DSP sub-modules development for standard hardware platforms. Such a library does not exist today and will enable the rapid development of M2M and IoT application. Description: Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Core developments and its applications are often supported by a community of Small/Medium Enterprise (SMEs), universities and university spin-offs. Such DSP ecosystem strives to provide core solutions for critical functions such as signal detection and decoding in the presence of strong noise, severe signal degradation and interference. To this aim the performance of theproposed DSP techniques has to be evaluated in a representative environment (software simulation), to ensure development of representative fixed-point model of the DSP algorithms compatible to the final HW platform. The choice of the target platform and programming language depends on each system scenario and require feedback from industry, while development of a test platform and necessary test vectors are needed in order to facilitate rapid regression tests and verifications. This activity will facilitate the satellite communications industry having an immediate access to this pool of expertise. Targeting particularly Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives, the goal is to enable faster to market solutions by offering bit-true model of DSP core functionality that are fully tested ontarget Hardware platforms. This activity aims to develop bit-true prototype DSP cores to validate and verify critical functionalityfor emerging Satcom Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and IoT transceivers. Examples of such prototype DSP cores include the receiver designfor random access based on direct sequence spread spectrum techniques in the presence of channel impairments such as Doppler carrier frequency shift and phase noise. While the core algorithm development shall remain independent of the final hardware platforms (such as FPGA, GPU, CPUs or even cloud computing), the DSP core development shall target bit-true modelling, taking into account the peculiarity of each platform, as well as providing means to verify the final implementation in the target platform. The goal is to establish a fully tested and verified library of signal processing algorithms that are required to transmit, detect and decode digitalwaveforms. This activity shall improve the developing cycle and de-risk the verification of sophisticated and complex digital signal processing techniques. It shall also facilitate rapid prototyping of such solutions for ground and user segment sub-systems. In particular, in comparison to the current state of art, it will create a reference design for transceiver algorithms, techniques and technologies that do not currently exists. footnote: On Delegation Request (formerly called Priority 2) activities will only be initiated on the explicit request of at least one National Delegation. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news "Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and RD entities in ESA programmes".