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 Adds its Product Line Management Option to Spectra Quick-Start

PrismTech Adds its ‘Product Line Management’ Option to the Spectra Quick-Start SDR Development and Test System – at No Additional Cost

SDR-WInnComm Conference, Washington, DC, USA – January 8, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it has added its Product Line Management (PLM) option to its Spectra™ Quick-Start Software Defined Radio (SDR) Development and Test System – at no additional cost.

The Spectra DTP4700 platform and Spectra CX development tool are award-winning and market-leading SDR development products in their own right.  The Spectra Quick-Start bundle combines these products with two test applications (FM analog and digital waveforms) – and now the PLM option – to provide an unrivalled SDR laboratory system at an affordable entry-level price.

Spectra Quick-Start is ideal for:

  • Application and platform development/test teams in radio OEMS and their end customers
  • Advanced wireless communications laboratories (government and defense) conducting R&D in fields such as: cognitive radio, electronic warfare, and secure SDR waveforms
  • Internal research and development (IR&D) and collaborative research projects
  • Academic teaching and laboratory use
  • Independent application and platform developers creating software IP for specific SDR programs (e.g. national waveform development, maintenance and evolution) or for the generic SDR market.

Buyers of Spectra Quick-Start now benefit from the addition of PLM to the package.  PLM significantly reduces the time and cost of managing variations in SDR product family design.  PLM allows a development team to efficiently maintain different configurations of common components for different target platforms.  PLM automates this previously manual, complex and labor-intensive task.

“Spectra Quick-Start is an affordable COTS system with unrivalled SDR development and test capability,” said Toby McClean, Spectra CX Product Manager.  “The addition of PLM to the package provides yet another compelling reason for SDR developers to select Quick-Start as their application-neutral and target-neutral SDR lab environment.”

Further information about PrismTech’s Spectra Quick-Start Package is available from PrismTech’s website at http://www.prismtech.com/spectra

New Probes Toolbox to Facilitate Development, Porting and Integration of Software Defined Radio Waveforms

In my Spectra SDR blog today I am highlighting a new product which is being added to our Spectra DTP4700 Development and Test Platform. The Spectra DTP4700 Probes Toolbox is designed to reduce turn-around time for developing new waveforms on Spectra DTP4700 by providing a multi-processor debugging capability during integration.

The Probes Toolbox is a real-time debugging tool with the ability to prove and excite waveform elements, thus allowing the piecemeal integration of waveform components one-by-one, and the validation of component temporal, processor, and memory behaviors independently.  Probe data is visualized either with the toolbox’s internal visualizer, ProbeViz, or through MATLAB/Simulink, thus eliminating the need for additional 3rd-party tooling licenses for data visualization.

The toolbox’s Data Probe allows monitoring or injection of real-time system flow data.  The Resource Probe provides graphical or textual representation of memory and CPU utilization, CPU resources, and allow memory Peeks and Pokes.  The Latency Probe provides a graphical display of latency for user-defined probe points based on a uniform system time reference.  The Traffic Probe captures and displays network traffic.  The SCA Adapter Probe provides latency, traffic and data probes in an SCA-compliant environment.  By using the Probe Toolbox, a developer or systems engineer can thus study real-time data in any connected waveform with ease.

In summary using the Probes Toolbox through the waveform porting cycle: increases engineer productivity, reduces porting and integration effort, decreases defect-error rates, reduces time-to-deploy, and lowers overall project cost and schedule risk.

For further information about the Spectra DTP4700 Probes Toolbox read:

PrismTech Adds SCA Modeling and Code Generation for DSPs to its Spectra DTP4700 Software Defined Radio Development and Test Platform

73rd Wireless Innovation Forum Working Meeting, Melbourne, FL, USA – November 02, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced added support for Software Communications Architecture (SCA) modeling and code generation for DSPs to its Spectra DTP4700Software Defined Radio (SDR) development and test platform.

PrismTech’s Spectra DTP4700 is an optimized, small form-factor platform with low power consumption which is ideally suited to the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints of next generation Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) SDR environments.  The DTP4700 is a Linux based platform that comes complete with the SCA 2.2.2 compliant Spectra Core Framework, CORBA®-compliant Spectra ORB middleware, and SCA platform device software.

Spectra DTP4700 platforms are fully supported by PrismTech’s market leading Spectra CX tool for SCA component modeling, code generation and compliance validation.

The latest v2.3 Spectra DTP4700 adds SCA modeling and code generation for DSPs to the product.  The Spectra DTP4700 FM waveform example has also been extended to utilize the TI OMAP c64x DSP.

“The award winning Spectra DTP4700 is being widely used within the SDR SCA community.  This new functionality will enable next generation SCA waveform development for applications requiring high performance physical layer processing,” said Andrew Foster, Spectra Product Manager, PrismTech.

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

PrismTech Announces Spectra DTP4700 Probes Toolbox

As a Spectra DTP4700 option, the Probes Toolbox contains five probes that provide a multi-processor debugging capability to facilitate the development, porting and integration of Software Defined Radio waveforms

73rd Wireless Innovation Forum Working Meeting, Melbourne, FL, USA – October 31, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the availability of the Probes Toolbox for its Spectra™ DTP4700 Software Defined Radio (SDR) development and test platform.

The Probes Toolbox provides real-time debugging tools with the ability to prove and excite waveform elements, thus allowing piecemeal integration of waveform components one-by-one and the independent validation of component temporal, processor, and memory behaviors.  Probe data is visualized either with an internal visualizer or through MATLAB/Simulink, thus eliminating the need for additional third-party tooling licenses for data visualization.

The Data Probe allows for monitoring or injection of real-time system flow data.  The Resource Probe provides graphical or textual representation of memory and CPU utilization, CPU resources, and allows memory PEEKs and POKEs.  The Latency Probe provides a graphical display of latency for user-defined probe points based on a uniform system time reference.  The Traffic Probe captures and displays network traffic.  A Software Communications Architecture (SCA) Adapter Probe provides latency, traffic and data probes in an SCA-compliant environment.

“By using the Probe Toolbox when developing waveforms, real-time data may be analyzed with ease, thereby ensuring code correctness and performance optimization.  This directly leads to enhanced engineering productivity and thus lower overall project cost and schedule risk,” explained Andrew Foster, Spectra Product Manager, PrismTech.

Pricing:
Pricing for the PrismTech SDR Probe Toolbox is available upon request.  Please contact your PrismTech representative or make an enquiry via www.prismtech.com for details.

PrismTech Launches Spectra DTP4700L

New lower frequency platform variant for development of complex SCA compliant, military, homeland security and commercial networking waveformsSDR’12–WInnComm-Europe, Brussels, Belgium – June 27, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the general availability of Spectra™ DTP4700L, a next-generation Development and Test Platform (DTP) for Software Defined Radio (SDR) developers.Spectra DTP4700L is the latest addition to PrismTech’s Spectra DTP family of Radio Frequency (RF) capable Software Communications Architecture (SCA) development systems.  The DTP4700L covers the frequency range 30MHz – 1600MHz making it compatible for development activities with lower frequency military waveforms such as MUOS, HAVEQUICK and SATURN.

Spectra DTP4700 is an optimized, small form-factor platform with low power consumption which is ideally suited to the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints of next generation Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) SDR environments.  The DTP4700 is a Linux based platform that comes complete with the SCA 2.2.2 compliant Spectra Core Framework, CORBA®-compliant Spectra ORB middleware, and SCA platform device software.

Spectra DTP4700 platforms are fully supported by PrismTech’s market leading Spectra CX tool for SCA component modeling, code generation and compliance validation.

“Adding a low frequency option to the award winning Spectra DTP4700 allows PrismTech to offer customers a development and test platform for a broad range of waveforms,” said Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development and SDR, PrismTech.  “Developers will benefit from this easy to use, single vendor, fully integrated COTS solution.”

Further detailed information about Spectra DTP4700L is available from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/products.