PrismTech Announces the Addition of SCA 4.0 Middleware to its Spectra DTP4700 SDR Development and Test Platform

Facilitates SCA compliance for GPP, DSP and FPGA components, thus enabling: more efficient component inter-operability and portability, faster development and deployment, and greater IP reuse

SDR-WInnComm Conference, Washington, DC, USA – January 8, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it will soon be adding Software Communications Architecture (SCA) 4.0 middleware support to its Spectra™ DTP4700 Software Defined Radio (SDR) development and test platform.

This innovation is a significant application and demonstration of PrismTech’s Spectra Common Data Bus (CDB) embedded middleware to facilitate the inter-operability and portability of application components deployed across different processors on a SDR platform (i.e. General Purpose Processors (GPPs), Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)).  Spectra CDB can support SCA-compliance for both SCA 2.2.2 and SCA 4.0 specifications.

Spectra DTP4700 is a complete SDR development and test environment that is ideally suited to the development of SDR applications (e.g. waveforms) designed to be deployed on platforms that meet the size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints required in next-generation wireless systems.  Spectra DTP4700 is an OMAP3 and Linux-based platform that comes complete with a SCA 2.2.2-compliant Core Framework, SCA-compliant ORB middleware, SCA platform device software, advanced RF capability (covering either 30-1600MHz or 400-4000MHz), and two test applications (audio and digital FM waveforms).  Spectra DTP4700 platforms are also fully supported by PrismTech’s market-leading Spectra CX application development tool, which provides developers with advanced component modeling, code generation and compliance validation capabilities.

The Spectra CDB SCA 4.0 middleware provides compliant implementations of the new ‘Full’, ‘Lightweight’ and ‘Ultra-lightweight’ CORBA® profiles.

“By adding SCA 4.0 middleware support to Spectra DTP4700, we further PrismTech’s strategy of supporting SCA compliance across the radio.  This in turn facilitates more efficient component inter-operability and portability, resulting in more rapid development, quicker-to-market deployment and greater IP reuse. The bottom line is the faster development, testing and deployment of advanced SDRs with the capability to support the next generation of cognitive applications,” 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

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 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.