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.

PrismTech Appoints Soft Service as new Japanese Distributor

Soft Service will distribute PrismTech’s market leading OpenSplice DDS and Spectra SDR products within Japan

Boston, MA, USA – April 22, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that it had appointed Soft Service as its new Japanese distributor and value added reseller.

Established in 1986 with headquarters in Fukuoka City and offices in Kanto, Kansai, Kitakyushu and Kofu, Soft Service has extensive experience in selling distributed middleware technologies and real-time operating systems (RTOS) in market sectors including: manufacturing / production management and control systems, embedded systems, image processing systems, networks, business solutions, health and long-term care systems.  Soft Service includes global leaders such as Panasonic, Mitsubishi Electric, NTT DoCoMo and Nippon Steel amongst its client base.

Under the distribution agreement announced today, Soft Service will distribute and support PrismTech’s market leading OpenSplice™ Data Distribution Service (DDS) and Spectra™ Software Defined Radio (SDR) products within Japan.

OpenSplice DDS is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  OpenSplice DDS has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time systems.  It sets new levels of performance, robustness, scalability, fault-tolerance, portability and interoperability for standard’s based middleware.

Spectra is a leading SDR and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) solution that includes: Spectra CX (a model-driven development tool that greatly simplifies, accelerates, and validates the SDR/SCA development process), Spectra CF (a high performance, ultra low footprint, COTS SCA Core Framework), Spectra CDB (a fully integrated and optimized SDR middleware stack running across a wide range of GPP, DSP and FPGA elements), and Spectra DTP (a wideband, high performance, baseband and Radio Frequency SDR Development and Test platform).

“PrismTech has a track record throughout the world for developing advanced software technologies that can support the real-time situational awareness, control and interoperability requirements of many different projects.  By offering a combination of PrismTech’s trusted products and excellent technical support from Soft Service’s experienced team, our partnership will lead to a ‘Win-Win-Win’ for Japanese customers,” said Akira Nomiyama, CEO, Soft Service.

“The Japanese economy produces around 10 per cent of global GDP and so represents a great potential market for our OpenSplice DDS and Spectra SDR products,” added Keith Steele, CEO, PrismTech.  “Soft Service has extensive expertise in middleware and embedded systems in our key target markets and I’m sure that they will be a perfect fit for us within Japan.”

Further information about Soft Service is available from their Japanese website at: http://www.soft-service.co.jp

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 Announces Spectra CX version 3.2

Complete Round-Trip SCA Engineering – Requirements, Model, Validate, Generate, Develop, Execute, Test

Boston, MA, USA — May 20, 2010 — PrismTech™ an acknowledged leader in Software-Defined Radio (SDR) infrastructure solutions, today announced the General Availability (GA) of the latest release of its model-driven development (MDD) tool for radio developers, Spectra™ CX v3.2.

Before the advent of MDD tools like Spectra CX, developing Software Communications Architecture (SCA) applications software was too complex, too expensive, too time-consuming, and forced developers to become experts in numerous SCA technologies; when all they wanted was to develop, test, validate, and deploy new SCA waveforms.

Spectra CX v3.2 is a best-in-class COTS model-driven development tool that supports complete round-trip SCA engineering; allowing the developer to start developing application code immediately with highly-productive: requirements, modelling, code generation, code validation, and deployment assistance features. Spectra CX v3.2 provides a round-trip engineering experience, where the model stays the source of the project throughout the full life-cycle of development.

The bottom line is greatly enhanced SCA developer productivity, code correctness and quality; leading to faster, lower-cost development cycles and lower product maintenance costs.

To support the launch of Spectra CX v3.2 PrismTech has also announced SpectraSDRTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/SpectraSDRTube the home of video-on-demand demonstrations of Spectra CX being used to develop SCA-compliant SDR code. At launch SpectraSDRTube contains five short videos (see below), and more videos will be added in due course to highlight new features and benefits.

“PrismTech is very pleased to announce the v3.2 release of Spectra CX,” said Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development, PrismTech. “Spectra CX v3.2 delivers new levels of productivity for SCA developers and is rapidly becoming an indispensible tool for many of our SDR OEM customers. Its ability to deliver productivity benefits across the complete development lifecycle is being discovered and exploited by more and more users, and this is placing Spectra CX at the very heart of their tooling strategies. As such we are working closely with our customers to add even more innovative features to Spectra CX in future releases.

Spectra CX is already clearly the #1 tool for SCA development and yet many users are still learning how to exploit its full capabilities. Our simultaneous announcement of SpectraSDRTube is part of our plan to accelerate that education process and bring the full benefits of MDD to the whole SCA user base as quickly as possible.”

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