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.

Abstract:

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.

Spectra SDR Newsletter – April 2014

Product News

Announcing Spectra SDR Support for Spectrum Signal Processing’s SDR-4000

PrismTech is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of its Spectra SDR product suite for use with Spectrum Signal Processing’s SDR-4000 radio hardware platform. The Spectra product suite will be available for both existing and new SDR-4000 users allowing them to take advantage of PrismTech’s high performance, low overhead, Software Communications Architecture (SCA) 2.2.2 implementation. The release will provide a fully integrated package of COTS tools (Spectra CX), middleware (Spectra ORB for GPP and DSP, Spectra ICO for FPGA), core framework (Spectra CF) and basic SCA radio platform (services and devices).

Latest Releases of Spectra ORB Middleware and Spectra CX Tools

PrismTech has released the latest versions of its market leading Spectra ORB middleware and Spectra CX tools:

  • Spectra ORB v2.0.2, the first compliant implementation of the SCA 4.0 Full and Lightweight CORBA Profiles
  • Spectra CX v3.5.4, a model-driven development tool that simplifies, accelerates, and validates a significant proportion of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) development process.

The latest Spectra SDR products are available for evaluation at http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/software-downloads.

Benefit from the Spectra Quick Start SCA Development and Test Package

Spectra Quick Start packages the Spectra DTP4700 (the most complete, fully integrated, COTS SCA development and Test platform on the market) and Spectra CX with a reference waveform to provide an out-of-the-box SCA application development environment.

Information about Spectra Quick Start is available through an introductory YouTube video presentation at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/resources/youtube-videos-slideshare/spectra-quick-start-software-communications-architecture.


News Announcements

PrismTech Appoints Soft Service as New Japanese Distributor

Soft Service JapanPrismTech has appointed Soft Service as its new Japanese Distributor and value added reseller. Founded in 1986 Soft Service has extensive expertise in distributed middleware technologies and real-time operating systems and will distribute / support Spectra SDR products within Japan. For further information please read the press release available in the news section.

Wireless Innovation Forum and PrismTech Announce New SDR Training Series – EMEA

Wireless Innovation Forum logoPrismTech is pleased to be partnering with the Wireless Innovation Forum to deliver an online SDR / SCA training course. The course titled “SDR / SCA Development for Software Engineers” will be delivered by PrismTech’s Senior SDR Training instructor. The European course will commence the week of 19th May. The 3 week, 12 session 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 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 fees, detailed course times, the course agenda and registration form can be found at http://groups.winnforum.org/ts-sca-development-europe.

Latest Presentations from PrismTech CTO and leading SDR Expert, Dr. Vince Kovarik

Vince Kovarik PrismTech Spectra CTOPrismTech’s CTO, and leading SDR expert, Dr. Vince Kovarik continues to deliver pioneering and innovative SDR research. Two presentations summarizing some of his recent work are now available to view from PrismTech’s slideshare site at www.slideshare.net/PrismTech1.

The first presentation, Integrated Communications Systems Modeling: A model-Based Engineering Approach, describes the current work being performed on the Wireless Innovation Forum’s Integrated Communications Systems Model (ICSM) project, chaired by Vince Kovarik.

The second presentation, Reflective Language for Communication Systems, presents independent research in the area of hybrid programming languages incorporating traditional object-oriented capabilities integrated with knowledge representation and reasoning enabling the ability for a communications system to introspect its physical and logical structure. The long-term vision of this work is to provide the ability to represent relationships and events as first-class objects in the system thereby providing context and heuristic capabilities.

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 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 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.