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 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.