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.


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.

Wireless Innovation Forum Announces New Training Series

Inaugural course, SDR/SCA Development for Software Engineers begins April 29 2014 with PrismTech Course Instructor

Washington, DC – 11 March 2014 – The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the inaugural course in its new Training Series. “SDR / SCA Development for Software Engineers,” is a comprehensive modular training course providing attendees with both theory and hands-on training required to successfully develop software defined radio (SDR) in accordance with the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) specification. The three week, 12-session course begins April 29.

The 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 instructor, Colin Wigham, is Senior Professional Services Consultant at PrismTech with more than 20 years experience in software engineering, distributed systems and SDR.

“We are excited to be working with PrismTech on this inaugural course of our new training series,” stated Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “Our intention is to work with recognized leaders in software defined radio, cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access technologies to provide our members and other industry professionals with the training they need to take advantage of new technologies supporting spectrum innovation and to deploy these technologies in support of essential and mission critical communications.”

The 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 involves the use of modeling tools, Core Framework (CF) and middleware to design, implement and deploy SCA platforms and waveforms.

These tools will be used in conjunction with hands on tutorials provided for each module in the form of a series of comprehensive exercise books, allowing the student to gain practical knowledge in working with the SCA.

“PrismTech is very pleased to be providing SDR training expertise to the Wireless Innovation Forum,” said Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development, PrismTech. “This course has been designed to provide attendees with hands-on experience of the most modern SDR development tools and infrastructure.”

The first part of the course provides a brief overview of SDR and the SCA through a combination of theory and hands on exercises. It covers the basics of CORBA programming and creating simple SCA platforms and waveforms using model driven development techniques. The key concepts of SCA operating environments including how an SCA CF is used to manage the deployment of a waveform application are also covered.

The second part of the course builds on the core skills gained in part one and focuses on gaining deeper understanding of the SCA, covering details of the standard, including the specifics of the main component groups and their interfaces. More advanced topics focus on radio platform architecture, GPP-DSP-FPGA integration approaches and middleware optimization.

Attendees should have previous knowledge of or experience with object-oriented design and development, software design and modeling tools using the unified modeling language (UML), C and C++ languages, and common object request broker architecture (CORBA). Attendees are required to have a computer connected to the internet capable of running GoToMeeting and a phone line or VOIP connectivity.

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

PrismTech Sells its OpenFusion CORBA Assets to Micro Focus

PrismTech’s strategy is to sharpen its focus on the high-growth opportunity offered by the Industrial Internet market

Boston, MA, USA – December 10, 2013 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it has sold its OpenFusion™ CORBA® assets to Micro Focus International plc (LSE: MCRO.L).  The sale of OpenFusion will allow PrismTech to sharpen its focus on the high-growth Industrial Internet market opportunity for its OpenSplice™ DDS and Spectra™ SDR products and a new product line to be announced in early 2014.

Over the years PrismTech has built OpenFusion into a leading brand in the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) marketplace with a loyal, happy and well-served customer base.  The rapid growth in PrismTech’s newer OpenSplice DDS and Spectra SDR product lines meant that the more mature OpenFusion line was no longer a comfortable fit for the company’s high-growth strategy.

Micro Focus is an ideal custodian for the OpenFusion brand.  It will allow Micro Focus to further consolidate its position as the leading global provider of CORBA software in the middleware market by adding OpenFusion to an extensive portfolio that already includes Orbacus, Orbix, VisiBroker and Artix.

PrismTech is working closely with Micro Focus to ensure a smooth transition and trouble-free continuation of our customers’ OpenFusion maintenance and support services.  PrismTech’s OpenFusion customers can continue to use their existing login and contact details for support.

“PrismTech sees a great opportunity in the rapidly emerging Industrial Internet market for our other brands,” said Keith Steele, CEO, PrismTech.  “This disposal will allow us to invest further in these high-growth products to ensure they maintain their market leadership in meeting the demanding end-to-end, real-time, data sharing needs of the Industrial Internet.  On behalf of the PrismTech team I would like to thank all our OpenFusion customers for their business over the years.”

For any questions regarding the OpenFusion product acquisition please e-mail: corba@microfocus.com or visit: http://www.microfocus.com/products/corba/openfusion/index.aspx

PrismTech Appoints SYM Software as New Turkish Distributor

Will distribute PrismTech’s market leading (open source and commercial) OpenSplice DDS real-time middleware within TurkeyStirling, United Kingdom and Ankara, Turkey — January 7, 2013 — PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it had appointed SYM Software as its new Turkish distributor.  Under the agreement SYM Software will distribute PrismTech’s market leading (open source and commercial) OpenSplice DDS real-time middleware within Turkey.

SYM Software was founded in 2006 by a group of researchers from the Eskisehir Osmangazi University Computer Engineering Department.  As experts in distributed systems (especially middleware), SYM Software has a business focus on sectors including Government, Defense, Telecommunications and Transportation.  The company has particular expertise in mission- and business-critical infrastructures and provides data-driven architecture implementation solutions and consultancy services including Big Data and Analytics.

Since its foundation, SYM Software has provided services to a broad spectrum of industries and projects including:

  • RFID sensor network middleware implementation for Railway Logistics,
  • Software defined radio (SDR) implementation for a Defense project,
  • Data Distribution Service (DDS) based middleware implementation for a Mission-Critical Infrastructure,
  • PACS/DICOM middleware implementation for Healthcare Industry,
  • SMS/MMS VAS Gateway for Mobile Telecom Industry Company.

SYM Software will distribute PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS product suite within Turkey.  OpenSplice DDS is a leading implementation (commercial and open source) of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems specification.  OpenSplice DDS addresses the data distribution requirements of the most challenging mission- and business-critical systems such as Air Traffic Control and Management, Defense Command and Control Systems, Automated Trading Systems, etc.

“PrismTech is very much a leading company in DDS, CORBA® and SDR technologies and we are very honoured that they have selected our company as a distributor,” said Ekrem Aksoy, CEO and Founder, SYM Software.  “We strongly believe that the addition of PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS will be very synergistic and complementary to our existing product and services portfolio.”

“The Turkish market is rapidly growing and has great potential for our products particularly in its defense and aerospace sectors,” added Andrew Lloyd, SVP OpenSplice Business, PrismTech.  “SYM Software has extensive expertise in performance-critical middleware technologies and will be a perfect fit for us within Turkey.”

Further information about the OpenSplice DDS product suite is available from http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-opensplice.

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 Launches Spectra DTP4700 Software Defined Radio Development and Test Platform

Wideband, high-performance, baseband and RF platform supports next-generation, complex SCA compliant military, homeland security and commercial networking waveforms

SDR’11-WInnComm Conference – Washington, D.C., USA – November 30, 2011 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the launch of Spectra™ DTP4700, a next-generation Development and Test Platform (DTP) for Software Defined Radio (SDR) developers.

Spectra DTP4700 is the latest addition to PrismTech’s Spectra DTP family of Radio Frequency (RF) capable Software Defined Radio (SDR) Software Communications Architecture (SCA) development systems.  Spectra DTP4700 is a wideband, high-performance, baseband and RF development and test platform capable of implementing and deploying the next-generation of complex SCA compliant networking waveforms required for military, homeland security and commercial SDRs.

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 initial release of Spectra DTP4700 will include the latest Mistral AM/DM37x Texas Instruments Sitara based digital processing subsystem (GPP + DSP), running a Linux operating system with a fully integrated SCA software stack (SCA Core Framework, CORBA Middleware, SCA Platform, SCA Sample Waveform).

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

“As an advanced SDR/SCA development environment we believe that Spectra DTP4700 provides an unrivalled mix of performance and capability at an affordable price,” said Andrew Foster, Spectra DTP Product Manager, PrismTech.  “To address low power consumption and small-form-factor development we have included state-of-the-art software and hardware functionality, designed as a fully integrated COTS solution that is easy to use.”

An introduction to Spectra DTP4700 will be presented in a Live Webcast to be held on December 14, 2011.  To register for the webcast please visit http://www.prismtech.com/events.

Further detailed information about Spectra DTP4700 is also available from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/products.

PrismTech Announces Forthcoming Patent Grant for FPGA IP Core Middleware Technology

Breakthrough technology enables CORBA compliant components to be deployed on a Field Programmable Gate Array

Boston, MA, USA – February 17, 2011 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it has received notice of allowance for issue of a US Patent for its Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) IP Core middleware technology – which is today available in its Spectra™ IP Core product for Software Defined Radio (SDR) developers.  The patent is expected to issue shortly.

This breakthrough technology allows CORBA®-based application components to be deployed on FPGAs without the use of proxies or other hardware abstraction layers (HALs) that impose additional memory and processing overhead.  This provides a significant gain in performance and efficiency – without sacrificing standards compliance or platform independence.

PrismTech’s Spectra IP Core is a firmware implementation of the standard CORBA protocol.  By implementing the protocol at the gate-level, key features of a traditional ORB implementation are provided supporting application interoperability, portability and hardware independence through a single, seamless industry-standard data protocol.

Although of general value in the building of distributed embedded systems, the technology was developed primarily to support computationally intensive digital signal processing algorithms deployed in SDR systems complying with the US DoD’s Software Communications Architecture (SCA).

“Spectra IP Core is a revolutionary approach to advancing interoperability and processor transparency across multiple processor architectures within a software defined radio system,” stated Vince Kovarik, SDR CTO, PrismTech.  “Spectra IP Core enables a single, common protocol across all processors without compromising the high performance signal processing demands required for high-bandwidth, high-throughput waveforms such as those deployed in satellite communications.”

Elements of the technology covered by the patent include but are not limited to:

  • General Inter ORB Protocol (GIOP) protocol machine – a VHDL description of a CORBA GIOP protocol machine.
  • Separated Common Data Representation (CDR) encoding machine – a variable encoding machine plug-in such that the GIOP machine may perform encodings other than CDR.
  • Open BUS interface – an open architecture to ensure seamless integration with a variety of physical interconnect technologies from the FPGA to the bus arbiter (e.g. when using PCI or VME interconnect) or fabric controller (e.g. when using implementations of the RapidIO standard).
  • IDL to VHDL code generation – a set of guidelines to generate VHDL skeletons from CORBA IDL.  This enables the GIOP protocol machine to dispatch calls to servants and radio modules developed in an FPGA environment.
  • VHDL Component container for use with FPGAs in SDR – using the IDL to VHDL code generator to create a Component container that may be used to host SCA radio elements in an FPGA yet be addressable and callable from a SCA core framework as though it was a standard SCA component.

“PrismTech is very pleased to receive this news of the forthcoming Patent Issue for our Spectra IP Core technology,” said Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development and SDR, PrismTech.  “Spectra IP Core’s performance is a technology breakthrough and truly brings the FPGA into the SCA domain.”

The Spectra IP Core technology is available today as a COTS product from PrismTech as part of its Spectra product family. Further information about Spectra is available from http://www.prismtech.com/spectra.