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RTOS vendor joins telecom standards group

Sep 11, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Telecom middleware and RTOS provider Enea has joined the Scope Alliance, a group of NEPs (network equipment providers) working to promote the interoperability of cross-vendor COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware and software implementations in telecom infrastructure equipment. Enea plans to contribute to Scope's high-availability middleware profile, it said.

Enea is best-known for its OSE RTOS, used in line cards and about half of the software-defined radio baseband processors in today's shipping mobile phones, the company claims. In recent years, however, Enea has diversified into other telecom application verticals, including real-time databases and high-availability middleware. Just last month, it revised its Element 2.2 middleware product, mainly adding increased compliance with the Service Availability Forum's (SAForum's) Application Interface Specification (AIS) definition, it said.

Scope was founded in January of 2006, by Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, and Siemens. Today, it boasts 20 members, including not only NEPs, but also embedded Linux and middleware vendors. Earlier this summer, it attracted some eight new members, including Red Hat, which had acknowledged the importance of Scope profiles long before actually joining the organization.

Scope maintains about half a dozen “profiles,” most aimed at disambiguating standards published by other groups — the Linux Foundation (formerly OSDL) Carrier Grade Linux standard, for example. The group also provides “gap analysis,” with the aim of helping standards bodies learn where implementers found their work incomplete or the technology they specify to be inadequate.

Enea said that joining Scope will enable it to work with leading NEPs and COTS hardware and software providers. Jim Lawrence, chief software standards officer, stated, “The output of the SCOPE Alliance will play a critical role in giving NEPs the confidence that their vision of leveraging COTS building blocks can be fully realized.”

In other news related to telecom standards, ATCA standard originator Intel yesterday announced it would sell off its ATCA and cPCI product lines to Radisys for about $32 million.

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