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 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.