For more than 40 years, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has served the communications needs of industry, military, and regulatory agencies. SwRI's success is based on a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to problem solving that continually produces innovations in the presence of evolving technologies and market forces.
The Institute is ideally suited to providing optimum solutions to a wide range of communication-related problems. Typically, the most cost-effective solution is achieved with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment. If COTS solutions alone fail to meet client requirements, SwRI provides a seamless integration using custom interfaces, software, and packaging. For highly specialized needs, SwRI develops full-custom solutions. Experienced engineers address communication needs in:
Network Design and Implementation
SwRI provides system solutions for networking applications, including hardware and software development. Institute engineers merge diverse communication technologies into hybrid networks to support a variety of system requirements. To meet these needs, SwRI offers a wide range of services, including:
The Institute uses advanced equipment and sophisticated network communications laboratories to develop network designs and build prototypes. Engineers rapidly implement hybrid network designs and introduce real-world effects into systems using channel simulators. Recent projects have emphasized video distribution, network security, and wireless networking.
Telecommunication Systems Engineering
Institute engineers improve existing telecommunication systems, develop replacement equipment, and design custom systems based on client needs. SwRI has expertise in a broad range of communication technologies, including:
SwRI has recently developed custom telecommunication systems that provide capabilities such as:
Wireless Design and Development
Using emerging radiofrequency (RF) technology, SwRI develops innovative techniques, equipment, and software to meet rapidly changing wireless communication requirements. In supporting a wide variety of wireless and electromagnetic technologies, Institute communication engineers offer consulting, design, and developmental services that include:
SwRI has field, laboratory, and analysis experience in a variety of wireless technologies, including:
Electromagnetic Analysis and Design
Electromagnetic technology is the basis for numerous applications, including communications, search radar, and material heating. With more than 40 years of experience in designing electromagnetic systems, the Institute supports numerous electromagnetic applications, including:
Facilities and Instrumentation
SwRI state-of-the-art laboratories are equipped with specialized instrumentation for developing communication systems. Using this equipment, Institute engineers provide:
In addition to EMC testing, SwRI offers a full range of environmental testing, including:
The Institute has developed a proven methodology to design and build innovative communication systems. A key component of this methodology is the definition phase, which includes:
Web Site: www.communications.swri.orgThis brochure was published in July 2000. For more information about communications engineering, contact Ryan Lamm, Director, Phone (210) 522-5350, Fax (210) 522-2477, Communications and Embedded Systems Department, Automation and Data Systems Division, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510.