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 Adds its Product Line Management Option to Spectra Quick-Start

PrismTech Adds its ‘Product Line Management’ Option to the Spectra Quick-Start SDR Development and Test System – at No Additional Cost

SDR-WInnComm Conference, Washington, DC, USA – January 8, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it has added its Product Line Management (PLM) option to its Spectra™ Quick-Start Software Defined Radio (SDR) Development and Test System – at no additional cost.

The Spectra DTP4700 platform and Spectra CX development tool are award-winning and market-leading SDR development products in their own right.  The Spectra Quick-Start bundle combines these products with two test applications (FM analog and digital waveforms) – and now the PLM option – to provide an unrivalled SDR laboratory system at an affordable entry-level price.

Spectra Quick-Start is ideal for:

  • Application and platform development/test teams in radio OEMS and their end customers
  • Advanced wireless communications laboratories (government and defense) conducting R&D in fields such as: cognitive radio, electronic warfare, and secure SDR waveforms
  • Internal research and development (IR&D) and collaborative research projects
  • Academic teaching and laboratory use
  • Independent application and platform developers creating software IP for specific SDR programs (e.g. national waveform development, maintenance and evolution) or for the generic SDR market.

Buyers of Spectra Quick-Start now benefit from the addition of PLM to the package.  PLM significantly reduces the time and cost of managing variations in SDR product family design.  PLM allows a development team to efficiently maintain different configurations of common components for different target platforms.  PLM automates this previously manual, complex and labor-intensive task.

“Spectra Quick-Start is an affordable COTS system with unrivalled SDR development and test capability,” said Toby McClean, Spectra CX Product Manager.  “The addition of PLM to the package provides yet another compelling reason for SDR developers to select Quick-Start as their application-neutral and target-neutral SDR lab environment.”

Further information about PrismTech’s Spectra Quick-Start Package 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 Appoints SYM Software as New Turkish Distributor

Will distribute PrismTech’s market leading (open source and commercial) OpenSplice DDS real-time middleware within TurkeyStirling, United Kingdom and Ankara, Turkey — January 7, 2013 — PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it had appointed SYM Software as its new Turkish distributor.  Under the agreement SYM Software will distribute PrismTech’s market leading (open source and commercial) OpenSplice DDS real-time middleware within Turkey.

SYM Software was founded in 2006 by a group of researchers from the Eskisehir Osmangazi University Computer Engineering Department.  As experts in distributed systems (especially middleware), SYM Software has a business focus on sectors including Government, Defense, Telecommunications and Transportation.  The company has particular expertise in mission- and business-critical infrastructures and provides data-driven architecture implementation solutions and consultancy services including Big Data and Analytics.

Since its foundation, SYM Software has provided services to a broad spectrum of industries and projects including:

  • RFID sensor network middleware implementation for Railway Logistics,
  • Software defined radio (SDR) implementation for a Defense project,
  • Data Distribution Service (DDS) based middleware implementation for a Mission-Critical Infrastructure,
  • PACS/DICOM middleware implementation for Healthcare Industry,
  • SMS/MMS VAS Gateway for Mobile Telecom Industry Company.

SYM Software will distribute PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS product suite within Turkey.  OpenSplice DDS is a leading implementation (commercial and open source) of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems specification.  OpenSplice DDS addresses the data distribution requirements of the most challenging mission- and business-critical systems such as Air Traffic Control and Management, Defense Command and Control Systems, Automated Trading Systems, etc.

“PrismTech is very much a leading company in DDS, CORBA® and SDR technologies and we are very honoured that they have selected our company as a distributor,” said Ekrem Aksoy, CEO and Founder, SYM Software.  “We strongly believe that the addition of PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS will be very synergistic and complementary to our existing product and services portfolio.”

“The Turkish market is rapidly growing and has great potential for our products particularly in its defense and aerospace sectors,” added Andrew Lloyd, SVP OpenSplice Business, PrismTech.  “SYM Software has extensive expertise in performance-critical middleware technologies and will be a perfect fit for us within Turkey.”

Further information about the OpenSplice DDS product suite is available from http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-opensplice.

PrismTech and Space Coast Communication Systems Partner to Offer a Multi-Channel Platform for Development and Test of SCA Waveforms

73rd Wireless Innovation Forum Working Meeting, Melbourne, FL, USA — November 01, 2012 — PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, and Space Coast Communication Systems, a leader in Software Defined Radio-based RF Test Equipment, today announced a technology partnership to offer Spectra™ on the SCA Open Architecture Radio (SOAR).

The SOAR product builds off the same multi-channel software radio infrastructure that Space Coast uses in the highly successful line of eXplorer Satellite Simulators.  In its current offering SOAR is available in 2, 4 or 8 channel configurations.

“Traditional SDR architecture is stuck in this single board, single channel, single user mentality.  It’s funny how little things have changed developmentally in SDR architecture since the time we worked with 20 MHz processors on 8 Mbytes of RAM,” observes John D. Bard, President-CEO of Space Coast Communication Systems, Inc. of Melbourne, FL.  “The holy grail of portable software eludes us because developers are hastened to work in development environments that are as identical as possible to fielded hardware.  This is the most difficult environment to work in – artificially constraining developers to having to work with customized Operating Environments (OE) spanning multiple disparate compute elements – FPGA, DSP, and GPP.  Inevitably OE’s and Application Software are in simultaneous development – just another de-stabilizing effect that undermines the true power of SDR.”

PrismTech is a leading provider of Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) solutions.  The Spectra product suite for radio system developers and integrators provides Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) development tools and software infrastructure including the Spectra CX – model-driven development tool, Spectra CF – a high performance, ultra low footprint, SCA Core Framework, and Spectra CDB – a fully integrated and optimized SDR middleware stack.

“The combination of PrismTech’s Spectra SDR products, the CX development tool, ORB middleware and Core Framework, together with the SOAR radio system provides a robust and powerful development environment for SDR systems,” said Vince Kovarik, PhD, Spectra CTO, PrismTech.  “As noted by John, Spectra on SOAR enables the developer to focus on the waveform using a comprehensive, stable and integrated development environment, instead of taking valuable development time to integrate drivers, extensions and other software on target hardware.  Simply put, the combination of PrismTech’s industry leading tools and middleware with Space Coast’s SOAR platform offers radio development labs the most complete COTS multi-channel, multi-developer, environment for waveform development and porting.”

The “Spectra on SOAR” option is now available from Space Coast.

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.


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.