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 Launches Spectra DTP4700 Software Defined Radio Development and Test Platform

Wideband, high-performance, baseband and RF platform supports next-generation, complex SCA compliant military, homeland security and commercial networking waveforms

SDR’11-WInnComm Conference – Washington, D.C., USA – November 30, 2011 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the launch of Spectra™ DTP4700, a next-generation Development and Test Platform (DTP) for Software Defined Radio (SDR) developers.

Spectra DTP4700 is the latest addition to PrismTech’s Spectra DTP family of Radio Frequency (RF) capable Software Defined Radio (SDR) Software Communications Architecture (SCA) development systems.  Spectra DTP4700 is a wideband, high-performance, baseband and RF development and test platform capable of implementing and deploying the next-generation of complex SCA compliant networking waveforms required for military, homeland security and commercial SDRs.

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 initial release of Spectra DTP4700 will include the latest Mistral AM/DM37x Texas Instruments Sitara based digital processing subsystem (GPP + DSP), running a Linux operating system with a fully integrated SCA software stack (SCA Core Framework, CORBA Middleware, SCA Platform, SCA Sample Waveform).

Spectra DTP4700 is fully supported by PrismTech’s market leading Spectra CX tool for SCA component modeling, code generation and compliance validation.

“As an advanced SDR/SCA development environment we believe that Spectra DTP4700 provides an unrivalled mix of performance and capability at an affordable price,” said Andrew Foster, Spectra DTP Product Manager, PrismTech.  “To address low power consumption and small-form-factor development we have included state-of-the-art software and hardware functionality, designed as a fully integrated COTS solution that is easy to use.”

An introduction to Spectra DTP4700 will be presented in a Live Webcast to be held on December 14, 2011.  To register for the webcast please visit http://www.prismtech.com/events.

Further detailed information about Spectra DTP4700 is also available from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/products.

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.

PrismTech Acquires Zeligsoft’s Tools Business to Become the Clear Leader in SDR/SCA Software Platforms and Tools

Zeligsoft will become PrismTech’s Center of Expertise for Model-Based Engineering and Development Tools

Boston, MA, USA and Gatineau, QC, Canada – October 26, 2010 — PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it has acquired the tools business of Zeligsoft, a leading vendor of model-based development tools for embedded software systems.

The acquisition follows on from a successful partnering agreement signed in July 2009 that created Spectra CX, which is now the most widely used SCA-compliant development tool by SDR developers. This immediate success quickly led to acquisition discussions that resulted in today’s announcement.

The acquisition will combine PrismTech’s expertise in embedded platform middleware with Zeligsoft’s expertise in Model-Based Engineering (MBE) tools and methodologies.

“This combination of PrismTech’s and Zeligsoft’s expertise will result in a win-win-win for PrismTech, Zeligsoft, and most importantly for our customers,” said Keith Steele, CEO, PrismTech. “The combination of Zeligsoft’s and PrismTech’s core competencies and their integration and deployment in innovative products has already resulted in great success for Spectra CX and we see many more opportunities for extending Spectra CX (for example adding support for DSP and FPGA component generation) and launching advanced new development tools for both the SDR segment and other vertical markets.”

Francis Bordeleau, CEO, Zeligsoft, added “All our customers build deployment platforms as well as applications, so we’ve always known that a combination of our tooling leadership with a leader in platform middleware would be a logical marriage. PrismTech is that clear leader in SDR/SCA platform middleware, so now we can offer our customers a complete SDR solution as well as the tools that support their own SCA implementation. This partnership with PrismTech will also accelerate our tooling roadmap for other advanced middleware technologies, such as DDS.”

“With today’s news, PrismTech is addressing the market opportunity for comprehensive software-defined radio solutions,” said Chip Downing, senior director of aerospace and defense at Wind River. “Having long worked with PrismTech, we are encouraged to see them broaden their expertise and work towards further benefiting our joint customers with high-performance, highly integrated SDR solutions that can accelerate the deployment of next-generation radio platforms.”

Under the agreement both PrismTech and Zeligsoft will continue to work with their third-party partners.

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