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 Launches Spectra CX Product Line Management

Reduces the Time and Costs of Managing Variations in Software Defined Radio / Software Communications Architecture Product Family Design
Boston, MA, USA – November 28, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the launch of Spectra CX™ Product Line Management to reduce the time and costs of managing variations in Software Defined Radio (SDR) / Software Communications Architecture (SCA) product family design.Radio architects and developers very often need to produce variants of their SDR / SCA applications and platforms to support different configurations of their radio set.  Traditionally this has been a very time consuming and costly process as they needed to create and maintain multiple models for every possible product variant.

Part of PrismTech’s market leading Spectra SDR product suite, the newly launched Spectra CX Product Line Management option has been specifically designed to address this by supporting the modeling needs of entire radio families using just a single model.

“The Product Line Management feature adds new modeling elements, Variation Points, to Spectra CX.  Product line architects and developers can use variation points to identify the product variations for the components instances, ports, and properties of their application or platform.  This enables them to use a single model for the entire product line,” said Toby McClean, Spectra CX Product Manager, PrismTech.

PrismTech will introduce and demonstrate Spectra CX Product Line Management in a webcast to be held on November 29 2012.  To register for the webcast please visit: http://www.prismtech.com/webcast-signup.

Spectra CX Product Line Management is available now as an optional feature of Spectra CX.  Pricing for Spectra CX Product Line Management is available upon request.  Please contact your PrismTech representative or make an enquiry via http://www.prismtech.com for details.

PrismTech Adds SCA Modeling and Code Generation for DSPs to its Spectra DTP4700 Software Defined Radio Development and Test Platform

73rd Wireless Innovation Forum Working Meeting, Melbourne, FL, USA – November 02, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced added support for Software Communications Architecture (SCA) modeling and code generation for DSPs to its Spectra DTP4700Software Defined Radio (SDR) development and test platform.

PrismTech’s 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.

The latest v2.3 Spectra DTP4700 adds SCA modeling and code generation for DSPs to the product.  The Spectra DTP4700 FM waveform example has also been extended to utilize the TI OMAP c64x DSP.

“The award winning Spectra DTP4700 is being widely used within the SDR SCA community.  This new functionality will enable next generation SCA waveform development for applications requiring high performance physical layer processing,” 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 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.

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.

PrismTech Releases Spectra CX v3.3 Offering New and Unrivalled Levels of Productivity for SDR Developers

New Waveform and Platform Modeling, Testing, and Code Generation Features Simplify, Accelerate and Validate SCA Developments

Boston, MA, USA — June 14, 2011 – PrismTech, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the General Availability (GA) of the latest release of its Software Defined Radio (SDR) Software Communications Architecture (SCA) model-driven architecture and development (MDA/MDD) tool, Spectra™ CX v3.3.  Spectra CX v3.3 provides many new features which help to simplify accelerate and validate SCA-Based Development.

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

Spectra CX v3.3 upgrades its UML platform from IBM® Rational® Software Modeler (RSM7.5) to IBM® Rational® Software Architect (RSA8).  IBM RSA8 provides Spectra CX v3.3 users with new RSA, productivity improvements and broader UML technology support.

Spectra CX v3.3 also provides the following specific improvements for SCA developers:

  • Modeling of Classes with generation (of C++),
  • Support for modeling Services, and Inter-node Connections,
  • Shared library support,
  • Improved SCA Unit Test user interface and support for generation of a platform-specific TargetLoader allowing for on-target unit testing.

“Spectra CX allows developers to easily develop, test, validate, and deploy new SCA waveforms without the need to become experts in numerous and complex SCA-related technologies,” said Mike Williams, Spectra CX Product Manager.  “These new features will further cement Spectra CX’s position as the leading best-in-class COTS model-driven development tool for SCA developers.”

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