PrismTech Announces General Availability of First COTS SCA 4.0 Compliant Middleware Solution for Software Defined Radios

Allows SDR developers to leverage the benefits of SCA 4.0 middleware within their current SCA implementations while minimizing migration path to fully supporting the standard in future projects

Boston, MA, USA – June 05, 2013 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the General Availability (GA) of Spectra™ ORB v2.0 the first compliant implementation of the SCA 4.0 Full and Lightweight CORBA® Profiles.

SCA 4.0 is a major revision of the Software Defined Radio (SDR) 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. SCA 4.0 Appendix E.1 defines the first set of compliant platform specific technologies that can be used by SDR developers.  These are specified in the form of three new CORBA profiles, specifically:

  • Full Profile which is targeted for applications hosted on GPPs
  • Lightweight Profile which is targeted towards environments with limited computing support such as a DSP
  • Ultra-Lightweight Profile which is intended for processing elements with even more limited computing support such as an FPGA

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

With the new GA release of the Spectra ORB, fully compliant support is now provided for the 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 within our Spectra product suite,” said Andrew Foster, Spectra CDB Product Manager, PrismTech.  “SCA 4.0 is a major update to the standard and we are pleased that we are the first middleware vendor to be supporting it in our products.”

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

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

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.