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.

PrismTech Launches the Spectra Virtual Appliance a complete pre-configured SCA 2.2.2 Development System and Operating Environment

Allows Software Defined Radio developers to quickly and easily evaluate the complete Spectra product suite

Boston, MA, USA – March 05, 2013 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the general availability (GA) of the Spectra™ Virtual Appliance, a pre-configured Software Communications Architecture (SCA) 2.2.2 Development System and Operating Environment (OE).

PrismTech’s Spectra Virtual Appliance consists of an Ubuntu Linux 12.04 Operating System and a pre-configured bundle of the latest versions of the Spectra CX graphical SCA modeling tool, Spectra Core Framework (CF) radio management framework and Spectra Common Data Bus (CDB) middleware.

A number of sample SCA waveform application examples that showcase the Spectra software stack are also included.  It is also an excellent way to help understand key SCA concepts.

The key benefits of the Spectra Virtual Appliance include:

  • Complete bundle of the market leading SCA development and deployment technologies
  • No need to download and configure individual Spectra products in order to evaluate the full SCA stack, this has already been done for you
  • Provides a complete Software Defined Radio (SDR) development system and SCA 2.2.2 Operating Environment (OE) that can run on an x86 General Purpose Processor (GPP)
  • Number of pre-built SCA waveform example applications provided including source code for each component and Spectra CX models
  • SCA platform provided including GPP Executable Device and AudioPortDevice
  • Supports leading VM players including Oracle Virtual Box and VMware

The Spectra Virtual Appliance is an excellent introduction into PrismTech’s extensive line of software products and services targeting SDR and SCA OEMs, system integrators and independent software vendors.

“If you are new to the SCA or PrismTech’s Spectra product suite then the Spectra Virtual Appliance can help to get you up to speed really quickly,” said Andrew Foster, Spectra Product Manager, PrismTech.  “Understanding the technologies and concepts required to develop SCA applications is complex.  By creating the Spectra Virtual Appliance we have tried to minimize the initial getting started issues users can encounter.”

To download an evaluation of the Spectra Virtual Appliance please visit PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/software-downloads

An introductory video to the Spectra Virtual Appliance can also be viewed in the Spectra YouTube Video Resources at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/resources/presentations


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.