PrismTech Announces First COTS Product Support for SCA 4.0 Software Defined Radio Specification

Boston, MA, USA – October 24, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced details of its support for the SCA 4.0 next generation Software Defined Radio (SDR) middleware specification as part of its Spectra product suite.

SCA 4.0 is a major revision of the 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.

PrismTech’s SpectraCommon 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 C++ ORB (for GPP) and C ORB (for GPP and DSP); and the Spectra IP Core ORB (ICO) for FPGA and ASIC implementations.

PrismTech is today announcing that the Spectra CDB suite of CORBA ORBs will be fully SCA 4.0 compliant by the end of the year 2012.  Spectra ORB C++ Edition will provide support for SCA Full Profile.  The Spectra ORB C Edition will provide support for 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 in our Spectra product suite,” said Andrew Foster, Spectra CDB Product Manager, PrismTech.  “SCA 4.0 is a major update to the standard and we look forward to being the first middleware vendor to support it.”

PrismTech will be detailing its support for SCA 4.0 middleware in a webcast to be held on October 25 2012.  To register for the webcast please visit: http://www.prismtech.com/webcast-signup.

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

PrismTech will also be showcasing its Spectra product suite at MILCOM 2012 in Orlando, FL, USA, October 29 – November 1 2012 in the Datasoft #114, Space Coast Communication Systems #1734 and GRA Consortia #1736 booths.


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.

PrismTech Delivers New Productivity Boost for Software Defined Radio (SDR) Developers with GA Release of Spectra CX v3.4 Tool

New C Code Generation and Compliance Testing Features Reduce Cost of Building Software Communications Architecture (SCA) Compliant Radios

Boston, MA, USA – February 13, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the General Availability (GA) of version 3.4 of Spectra™ CX, the latest upgrade to its industry-leading Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) development tool.  Spectra CX v3.4 adds significant new functionality and features that further boosts the productivity of SDR and SCA application and platform developers.

Spectra CX is a key part of PrismTech’s Spectra suite of fully integrated Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) tools, middleware, core frameworks, and development platforms for SCA developers.  Spectra CX is a model-driven architecture and development (MDA/MDD) tool that supports the complete SCA development lifecycle; allowing the developer to start developing application and/or platform code immediately with highly-productive requirements, modeling, code generation, code validation and deployment assistance features.  This results in a faster time-to-market, lower costs, better software quality, increased portability, and superior compliance for all SCA waveform and platform code developed with Spectra CX.

Spectra CX v3.4 introduces a new C Code Generator that generates SCA compliant ANSI C code for SCA components.  The C code generator introduces the ability to develop SCA compliant components for Digital Signal Processors (DSP) by leveraging the Spectra ORB C Edition.

Spectra CX v3.4 also provides the following specific improvements for SCA developers:

  • Generation of resource, resource factory, device, loadable device and executable compliance tests according to the JTEL Application and Operating Requirements lists for components developed with or outside of Spectra CX,
  • Support for generating and customizing compliance reports based on test execution,
  • Generation of a test framework including mirror component for writing functional tests against the user added ports on a component,
  • Support for running Spectra CX on a 64-bit Linux or Windows host operating system.

Spectra CX v3.4 also comes with a new licensing model which increases usage flexibility and thus value and productivity for project teams.  Current users of Spectra CX with a valid support contract will automatically receive Spectra CX v3.4 updates (under their current license terms).

“We are very pleased with the latest release of Spectra CX.  Spectra CX already sets the standard for the most productive and efficient SCA waveform and platform development available.  Spectra CX v3.4’s new support for DSP environments and C Code generation means that productivity gains can now be easily achieved across more of the signal processing chain so reducing time to market for our customers radio products,” said Francis Bordeleau, SVP Tooling Business, PrismTech.

An on-demand webcast introducing Spectra CX v3.4 is available at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/resources/webcast-archive and further information about Spectra CX is available at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/products/spectra-cx.

SYSGO and PrismTech announce integration of ElinOS and OpenSplice DDS

Combination of embedded Linux and ultra-low-latency messaging middleware delivers a commercially-supported Open Source platform for industrial-grade safety and security applications

Sysgo LogoMainz, Germany; Edinburgh, UK; Boston, MA, USA — July 02, 2010 — SYSGO announced today the first integrated product resulting from its partner agreement with PrismTech™. SYSGO is a leading supplier of software platforms for the world’s most demanding safety and security applications. PrismTech is an acknowledged leader in performance-critical middleware for advanced software integration. The two companies worked together to fully integrate PrismTech’s OpenSplice™ DDS ultra-low-latency messaging middleware with SYSGO’s ELinOS industrial-grade Linux RTOS.

Developers of performance-critical systems in many industry sectors are facing a growing need for distributed, Real-time information availability. Traditional middleware technologies (e.g. based on non-Real-time publish/subscribe or client/server paradigms) are not an option, especially in a context of demanding Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements such as fault-tolerance and determinism. These QoS requirements are increasingly seen in performance-critical application domains such as: combat management and surveillance systems for military services, air traffic control systems in civil aviation, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems in industrial control.

OpenSplice DDS from PrismTech provides a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) messaging middleware solution for these demanding network-centric systems. An implementation of the Object Management Group™ (OMG™) Data Distribution Service for Real-time Systems (DDS) specification, OpenSplice DDS allows system integrators to take advantage of industry-wide participation in formulating the Standard for performance-critical messaging middleware.

OpenSplice DDS is the most complete, most correct, and most robust implementation of the DDS specification and is further differentiated from other messaging middleware by its Open Source licensing model (LGPL), its ultra-low-latency performance, its proven scalability and reliability in mission-critical deployments, its user-friendly selection of commercial packages and pricing options, and its consequent best-in-class total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Our ELinOS customers are very often facing the challenge of selecting a middleware they can trust,” said Jacques Brygier, VP Marketing of SYSGO. “What makes our partnership with PrismTech so unique and compelling is that, beyond PrismTech’s sound reputation and the undisputable quality of their OpenSplice DDS solution, we share the same approach of providing Open Source implementations to fully satisfy our customers’ industrial needs. This has been the philosophy of ELinOS since the beginning.”

ELinOS is a Linux-based development environment and, unlike traditional Linux implementations and distributions, is purpose-built for demanding industrial applications. SYSGO’s 15+ years of field expertise ensures not only an embedded Linux offering ideally suited for real-world complex applications, but also the ability to back it up with unmatched world-class support.

Available on Linux or Windows hosts, ELinOS is easy to install and can be used by novices. BSPs (Board Support Packages) for many of the most successful boards on the market are included, as well as BSPs for virtualization engines such as QEMU and VMware, and for the other SYSGO flagship product, PikeOS. In addition to the widely-used x86 version, ELinOS also supports: PowerPC, ARM, MIPS, and SH platforms, in both single and multi-core versions. ELinOS also includes CODEO, the Eclipse-based development environment that provides guided configuration, remote debugging, target monitoring, remote application deployment, and timing analyses in addition to standard application development features such as compilers and assemblers.

“We are really demanding in our choice of product partners,” declared Angelo Corsaro, OpenSplice DDS CTO for PrismTech. “Our business requires high quality and innovative solutions combined with superior expertise and responsiveness from technical staff. We know that SYSGO offers superior products and services and plays “in the same league” as we do. Combining ElinOS, their embedded Linux product that is widely used in industrial applications with OpenSplice DDS is the guarantee for our customers that they can get the best of both worlds: Open Source technology, professionally implemented, to satisfy the most-demanding industrial requirements.”