The UK MOD has sponsored several demonstrations of the use of IEEE 1641. Initially, these were performed in to prove the concept are were performed during the development of the standard. Subsequently, these projects were designed to test the use of IEEE 1641 in more advanced program techniques, and to provide input to assist the further development of the standard.
These reports and presentations have been released with the permission of the UK MOD to promote the further understanding and use of IEEE 1641.
This report details a study and demonstration of a test program written in accordance with the developing IEEE 1641 standard. This was performed before the standard was finally completed and approved, so complies with the draft of IEEE project P1641 that was available at the time. This project provided useful information to the P1641 working group prior to the final draft, balloting and approval process.
This study was completed after the IEEE 1641 standard was completed, so was the first full project using the published standard. The objective of this study was "to demonstrate that IEEE Std 1641 is capable of defining and measuring complex Radio Frequency (RF) signals." This project used synthetic instrumentation.
The objective of this project was to produce a test program by applying a test development strategy based on that standard, and compare the results with a traditional approach based on ATLAS. This report provides information on the method adopted to develop the program and its implementation on the test platform and comments upon the use of 1641 compared to traditional methods.
This particular project compared the results from implementing the same test program using two different sets of test equipment, using IEEE 1641 programming techniques. A demonstration of all tests was performed by conventional test techniques to obtain benchmark results to which the results from the subsequent IEEE 1641 program was compared.
As a result of these projects and other work completed using IEEE 1641, the standard was revised and an updated version was published in 2010. The major changes were to improve the facilities for expressing digital tests. Apart from specific changes and improvements to the standard, it was apparent that more detailed explanation was required to enable users to better understand how to apply the standard to test requirements and how to implement the signals and tests. As a result of these considerations, the User Guide (IEEE Std 1641.1) for the 1641 standard is also in the process of being updated.
The MOD, under the auspices of the DE&S organisation, periodically host meetings with industry to discuss ATS related standards. This is to present UK defence policy in relation to their testing requirements for defence equipment, and to understand the views and needs of their suppliers in support of these requirements.
These meetings are open to all those that use and supply defence related ATS, and as a result of this the MOD have allowed the minutes of these meetings to be published for the benefit of all. IEEE 1641 plays a large part in these requirements and discussions, together with IEEE 1671 and Open System Architecture standards.