Portable SCA Waveform Development with Spectra DTP4700 Live SDR Webcast

Date: 20th August 2015
Location: Online

Why Attend:

  • Learn about Software Communications Architecture (SCA) waveform development using an Integrated Development Environment that addresses both the hardware and software aspects and why it is important,
  • Review the latest Joint Tactical Networking Center’s (JTNC) standard radio APIs and understand why having a standard Application Program Interface (API) to radio hardware is essential to enabling implementation of a portable waveform,
  • Discover how PrismTech’s new Spectra DTP4700 SDR platform, together with development tools, provides the integrated Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform for SCA waveform development.

Abstract:

This webcast will focus on SCA-compliant application development environments and detail the latest major upgrade to PrismTech’s Spectra family of advanced, SCA-compliant SDR development and test environment. Central to the environment is the Spectra DTP4700 radio. The Spectra DTP4700 is a Linux-based, small form-factor platform with low power consumption which is ideally suited to the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints of the next generation of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) SDR environments. The Spectra DTP4700 comes complete with the SCA 2.2.2 compliant Spectra Core Framework and CORBA compliant Spectra ORB middleware.

Also, the newly released Radio Devices and Services package for the Spectra DTP4700 provides the JTNC standard set of APIs to the Spectra DTP4700 radio devices and services ensuring greater portability of waveforms to target radio systems. Standard interfaces now supported include Audio Port Device, Ethernet Device, Serial Port Device, GPS Device, Frequency Reference Device, Timing Service, and Vocoder Service.

Spectra DTP4700 is fully supported by PrismTech’s market leading Spectra CX tool for SCA component modeling, code generation and compliance validation. Spectra CX code generation eliminates the tedious and error prone process of writing code for all of the standard SCA interfaces.

In addition to the original FM waveform example provided with the system, the Spectra DTP4700 now includes a new SCA compliant data carrying waveform example, including source code and waveform model that used conjunction with the Spectra CX SCA modeling tool.

The webcast will last approximately one hour.

Webcast Presenter:

Dr. Vince Kovarik is Spectra CTO at PrismTech. Vince is a highly respected figure within the global Software Defined Radio (SDR) community and has been involved in ground-breaking SDR and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) technology development since it’s initial inception in the 1990’s. Vince is co-author of the book “Software Defined Radio: The Software Communications Architecture” which provides applications programmers, designers, professional researchers, wireless manufacturers and operators with an indispensable guide to the SCA. Vince is also a contributing author on “Cognitive Research: Representation and Learning” in the book Cognitive Radio Technology. Vince has also presented numerous papers at technology leadership conferences on SDR related subjects.

Spectra SDR Newsletter – April 2014

Product News

Announcing Spectra SDR Support for Spectrum Signal Processing’s SDR-4000

PrismTech is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of its Spectra SDR product suite for use with Spectrum Signal Processing’s SDR-4000 radio hardware platform. The Spectra product suite will be available for both existing and new SDR-4000 users allowing them to take advantage of PrismTech’s high performance, low overhead, Software Communications Architecture (SCA) 2.2.2 implementation. The release will provide a fully integrated package of COTS tools (Spectra CX), middleware (Spectra ORB for GPP and DSP, Spectra ICO for FPGA), core framework (Spectra CF) and basic SCA radio platform (services and devices).

Latest Releases of Spectra ORB Middleware and Spectra CX Tools

PrismTech has released the latest versions of its market leading Spectra ORB middleware and Spectra CX tools:

  • Spectra ORB v2.0.2, the first compliant implementation of the SCA 4.0 Full and Lightweight CORBA Profiles
  • Spectra CX v3.5.4, a model-driven development tool that simplifies, accelerates, and validates a significant proportion of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) development process.

The latest Spectra SDR products are available for evaluation at http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/software-downloads.

Benefit from the Spectra Quick Start SCA Development and Test Package

Spectra Quick Start packages the Spectra DTP4700 (the most complete, fully integrated, COTS SCA development and Test platform on the market) and Spectra CX with a reference waveform to provide an out-of-the-box SCA application development environment.

Information about Spectra Quick Start is available through an introductory YouTube video presentation at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/resources/youtube-videos-slideshare/spectra-quick-start-software-communications-architecture.


News Announcements

PrismTech Appoints Soft Service as New Japanese Distributor

Soft Service JapanPrismTech has appointed Soft Service as its new Japanese Distributor and value added reseller. Founded in 1986 Soft Service has extensive expertise in distributed middleware technologies and real-time operating systems and will distribute / support Spectra SDR products within Japan. For further information please read the press release available in the news section.

Wireless Innovation Forum and PrismTech Announce New SDR Training Series – EMEA

Wireless Innovation Forum logoPrismTech is pleased to be partnering with the Wireless Innovation Forum to deliver an online SDR / SCA training course. The course titled “SDR / SCA Development for Software Engineers” will be delivered by PrismTech’s Senior SDR Training instructor. The European course will commence the week of 19th May. The 3 week, 12 session course will introduce attendees to SDR / SCA and CORBA middleware and then progress to advanced SDR / SCA programming focused on developing SCA applications and platform services.

The training course will be delivered online using the latest cloud based teaching techniques allowing attendees to benefit from the expertise of leading SDR / SCA experts without leaving their desk.

Course fees, detailed course times, the course agenda and registration form can be found at http://groups.winnforum.org/ts-sca-development-europe.

Latest Presentations from PrismTech CTO and leading SDR Expert, Dr. Vince Kovarik

Vince Kovarik PrismTech Spectra CTOPrismTech’s CTO, and leading SDR expert, Dr. Vince Kovarik continues to deliver pioneering and innovative SDR research. Two presentations summarizing some of his recent work are now available to view from PrismTech’s slideshare site at www.slideshare.net/PrismTech1.

The first presentation, Integrated Communications Systems Modeling: A model-Based Engineering Approach, describes the current work being performed on the Wireless Innovation Forum’s Integrated Communications Systems Model (ICSM) project, chaired by Vince Kovarik.

The second presentation, Reflective Language for Communication Systems, presents independent research in the area of hybrid programming languages incorporating traditional object-oriented capabilities integrated with knowledge representation and reasoning enabling the ability for a communications system to introspect its physical and logical structure. The long-term vision of this work is to provide the ability to represent relationships and events as first-class objects in the system thereby providing context and heuristic capabilities.

PrismTech Appoints Soft Service as new Japanese Distributor

Soft Service will distribute PrismTech’s market leading OpenSplice DDS and Spectra SDR products within Japan

Boston, MA, USA – April 22, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that it had appointed Soft Service as its new Japanese distributor and value added reseller.

Established in 1986 with headquarters in Fukuoka City and offices in Kanto, Kansai, Kitakyushu and Kofu, Soft Service has extensive experience in selling distributed middleware technologies and real-time operating systems (RTOS) in market sectors including: manufacturing / production management and control systems, embedded systems, image processing systems, networks, business solutions, health and long-term care systems.  Soft Service includes global leaders such as Panasonic, Mitsubishi Electric, NTT DoCoMo and Nippon Steel amongst its client base.

Under the distribution agreement announced today, Soft Service will distribute and support PrismTech’s market leading OpenSplice™ Data Distribution Service (DDS) and Spectra™ Software Defined Radio (SDR) products within Japan.

OpenSplice DDS is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  OpenSplice DDS has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time systems.  It sets new levels of performance, robustness, scalability, fault-tolerance, portability and interoperability for standard’s based middleware.

Spectra is a leading SDR and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) solution that includes: Spectra CX (a model-driven development tool that greatly simplifies, accelerates, and validates the SDR/SCA development process), Spectra CF (a high performance, ultra low footprint, COTS SCA Core Framework), Spectra CDB (a fully integrated and optimized SDR middleware stack running across a wide range of GPP, DSP and FPGA elements), and Spectra DTP (a wideband, high performance, baseband and Radio Frequency SDR Development and Test platform).

“PrismTech has a track record throughout the world for developing advanced software technologies that can support the real-time situational awareness, control and interoperability requirements of many different projects.  By offering a combination of PrismTech’s trusted products and excellent technical support from Soft Service’s experienced team, our partnership will lead to a ‘Win-Win-Win’ for Japanese customers,” said Akira Nomiyama, CEO, Soft Service.

“The Japanese economy produces around 10 per cent of global GDP and so represents a great potential market for our OpenSplice DDS and Spectra SDR products,” added Keith Steele, CEO, PrismTech.  “Soft Service has extensive expertise in middleware and embedded systems in our key target markets and I’m sure that they will be a perfect fit for us within Japan.”

Further information about Soft Service is available from their Japanese website at: http://www.soft-service.co.jp

PrismTech to Present Software Defined Radio Development and Cognitive Radio Management Papers at SDR-WInnComm 2014

Boston, MA, USA – March 7, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software defined radio (SDR) solutions, today announced that it will be presenting its latest ideas on SDR system modeling and approaches to Cognitive Radio management at the SDR-WInnComm 2014 Conference to be held in Schaumburg, IL, USA from March 11-13, 2014.

PrismTech’s Spectra CTO, and leading SDR expert, Dr. Vince Kovarik will be presenting two papers during the March 11 “Future Trends” session on:

  • Integrated Communication Systems Modeling: A Model Based Engineering Approach – this paper will discuss the Integrated Communications System Model (ICSM) project which is focused on developing a model-based reference architecture for communications systems using the Systems Modeling Language (SysML) standard.
  • Reflective Language for Communication Systems – this paper will present an approach to implementing a cognitive radio management system based on reflective programming.

Dr. Vince Kovarik has also been nominated as a finalist for the Wireless Innovation Forum International Achievement Award 2013.  The winner will be announced at the Conference.

PrismTech will be demonstrating its Spectra SDR product suite at Booth #9 in the conference exhibit area on March 12-13, 2014.  The Spectra SDR product suite is the leading solution for SDR / Software Communications Architecture (SCA) developers.

“The SDR-WInnComm 2014 conference is a great opportunity for PrismTech to discuss our latest thoughts on the future of SDR and Wireless Communications,” explained Vince Kovarik, Ph.D, SDR CTO, PrismTech.  “The feedback that we receive by participating in an event such as this is an essential part of validating our understanding of the needs of the wireless community, which in turn drives the evolution of the innovative SDR technologies that PrismTech develops.”

Further information about the Spectra SDR product suite is available from PrismTech’s website at http://www.prismtech.com/spectra.

PrismTech Announces Support Plans for Spectrum Signal Processing’s SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 Platforms

Boston, MA, USA – October 22, 2013 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software defined radio (SDR) solutions, today revealed plans to release its market-leading Spectra™ SDR product suite (Software Communications Architecture (SCA) core framework, middleware and tools) on Spectrum Signal Processing’s (Spectrum) SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 platforms.

Responding to customer demand from users of the Spectrum SDR-4000, PrismTech will provide Spectra support on the Spectrum SDR-4000 in the 4th Quarter 2013.  The Spectra product suite will be available for both existing and new Spectrum SDR-4000 users allowing them to take advantage of PrismTech’s high performance, low-overhead, SCA v2.2.2 implementation.

Today PrismTech is also announcing Spectra support for the new Spectrum SDR-7000 platform is planned for early 2014.  Thus the two Spectrum platforms will benefit from a common software stack supplied, supported and with future enhancements from PrismTech; the global leader in COTS SCA software.

PrismTech’s Spectra product suite is a fully-integrated package of COTS tools, middleware, core framework, and radio platform services and devices.  It provides a state-of-the-art SCA development and deployment environment supporting General Purpose Processor (GPP), Digital Signal Processor (DSP) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) processing elements.

Spectra will provide an integrated and fully supported solution for Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 SCA waveform developers backed by the expertise and resources of the leading SCA COTS software vendor:

  • Spectra CX – a model-driven development tool that simplifies, accelerates, and validates a significant proportion of the SCA development and deployment process will now offer a SCA build configuration for Spectrum SDR-4000 or SDR-7000
  • Spectra Core Framework (CF) – a high-performance, ultra-low footprint, COTS implementation of the SCA v2.2.2 standard’s Framework Control and Service Interfaces is now available for Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000
  • Spectra Common Data Bus (CDB) – a fully integrated and optimized SDR middleware stack.  Spectra CDB runs across a wide range of GPP, DSP and FPGA processing elements and now provides comprehensive support for the Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 processor sets
  • Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 platform services and device components

In addition, Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 users will benefit from the on-going product investment and global customer support coverage of PrismTech’s Spectra product family.

“PrismTech is very excited to extend the availability of the Spectra development tools and run-time environment to the very capable SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 radio systems from Spectrum.  Spectra is the most widely-used COTS SCA software today and is recognized for its capabilities, performance, enhanced productivity, robustness and standards conformance.  Bringing Spectra to the Spectrum community has been a strategic objective for some time and is now a reality,” commented Vince Kovarik, Ph.D, CTO, PrismTech.

Further information about PrismTech’s Spectra product suite is available from http://www.prismtech.com/spectra.

PrismTech Announces General Availability of First COTS SCA 4.0 Compliant Middleware Solution for Software Defined Radios

Allows SDR developers to leverage the benefits of SCA 4.0 middleware within their current SCA implementations while minimizing migration path to fully supporting the standard in future projects

Boston, MA, USA – June 05, 2013 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the General Availability (GA) of Spectra™ ORB v2.0 the first compliant implementation of the SCA 4.0 Full and Lightweight CORBA® Profiles.

SCA 4.0 is a major revision of the Software Defined Radio (SDR) Software Communications Architecture standard.  SCA 4.0 is more scalable, lightweight, and flexible than the current SCA 2.2.2 specification and is compatible with radio sizes ranging from small, single channel radios to prime-power, multi-channel sets.

The SCA 4.0 specification includes transfer mechanisms to provide standardized client / server operations.  SCA 4.0 Appendix E identifies the approved set of platform specific transport and technology mappings, transformations, and model representations used to achieve conformance with the SCA Platform Independent model (PIM) as defined in the main specification. SCA 4.0 Appendix E.1 defines the first set of compliant platform specific technologies that can be used by SDR developers.  These are specified in the form of three new CORBA profiles, specifically:

  • Full Profile which is targeted for applications hosted on GPPs
  • Lightweight Profile which is targeted towards environments with limited computing support such as a DSP
  • Ultra-Lightweight Profile which is intended for processing elements with even more limited computing support such as an FPGA

PrismTech’s Spectra Common Data Bus (CDB) is a fully integrated and optimized SDR middleware stack.  It is the first standards based, high performance, low footprint, fully interoperable, COTS SCA middleware solution that can be deployed across multiple processor types, including GPP, DSP and FPGA environments.  Spectra CDB includes the Spectra ORB C++ Edition (for GPP) and C ORB Edition (for GPP and DSP); and the Spectra IP Core ORB (ICO) for FPGA and ASIC implementations.

With the new GA release of the Spectra ORB, fully compliant support is now provided for the SCA 4.0 Full and Lightweight Profiles.  Spectra ICO already supports the SCA 4.0 Ultra-Lightweight Profile.

“PrismTech has already established a strong reputation in the market for supporting the SCA standard within our Spectra product suite,” said Andrew Foster, Spectra CDB Product Manager, PrismTech.  “SCA 4.0 is a major update to the standard and we are pleased that we are the first middleware vendor to be supporting it in our products.”

Further information about PrismTech’s Spectra product suite is available from PrismTech’s website at http://www.prismtech.com/spectra

PrismTech Launches SCA Compliant Spectra Core Framework for the Windows Operating System

PrismTech Launches SCA Compliant Spectra Core Framework for the Windows Operating System

Allows Software Defined Radio developers to use Windows as part of their SCA Operating Environment to develop complex SCA compliant military, homeland security and commercial networking waveforms

Boston, MA, USA – March 11, 2013 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the general availability (GA) of its Spectra™ Core Framework (CF) for the Microsoft Windows operating system.  Spectra CF is a high performance, low footprint next-generation implementation of the Software Communications Architecture’s (SCA) Management Framework Control interfaces.

PrismTech’s Spectra CF is ideally suited to the next generation of Software Defined Radios (SDR) where small memory footprint and optimized processing is key.  The latest release of Spectra CF allows SDR developers to use Windows as part of their SCA Operating Environment (OE).

As a leading vendor of SDR technologies, PrismTech is the only company to develop both the CF and middleware (Spectra CDB) components of an SCA OE.  This enables the creation of a CF that has the highest available performance and best Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) characteristics.

Spectra CF supports the development and deployment of both SCA 2.2.2 compliant platform and waveform components written in multiple programming languages, including:

  • C++ (for GPPs)
  • C (for GPPs and DSPs)
  • VHDL (for FPGAs and ASICs)

Spectra CF on Windows is fully supported by PrismTech’s Spectra CX tool for SCA component modeling, code generation and compliance validation.  Spectra CF, CDB and CX are currently available on Windows 7 and XP.  In addition Spectra products are also available on a broad range of other operating systems.  Please contact PrismTech (info@prismtech.com) for further details.

“Adding support for Windows increases the choice and flexibility SDR developers have when selecting their OE technologies,” said Andrew Foster, Spectra Product Manager, PrismTech.  “Developers can now benefit from the most complete suite of SCA COTS technologies fully supported on the Windows platform.”

Further detailed information about Spectra CF is available from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/products/spectra-cf.

To download an evaluation copy of Spectra CF on Windows please visit:  http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/software-downloads.