Raytheon Selects PrismTech Real-Time Java Middleware for Navy Destroyer

PrismTech(TM), a leading provider of productivity tools and middleware, announced that its OpenFusion(R) RTOrb Java(TM) Edition CORBA(R) middleware has been selected by Raytheon for development and deployment in the U.S. Navy’s DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer program.

Formerly known as the DD(X) destroyer program, DDG 1000 Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers tailored for land attack and littoral dominance. DDG 1000 will provide forward presence and deterrence, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. Raytheon serves as the prime mission systems equipment integrator for the DDG 1000 program.

PrismTech’s OpenFusion(R) RTOrb Java(TM) Edition CORBA(R) middleware provides a unified COTS-based solution for integrating diverse distributed systems. Raytheon will incorporate OpenFusion(R) RTOrb Java(TM) Edition in its implementation of the Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure (TSCEI)—an integrated suite of standardized, open architecture hardware, operating system, middleware and infrastructure services. Developed for the U.S. Navy by Raytheon and its subcontractors, TSCEI forms the backbone of the Navy’s Total Ship Computing Environment—a robust, enterprise-network computing system on which all DDG 1000 application software programs run.

“We’re excited to bring PrismTech’s real time middleware technology to the DDG 1000 program,” stated Ed Geisler, vice president and DDG 1000 program manager for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. “Selection of PrismTech is a great example of how DDG 1000 is executing the Navy’s Open Architecture (OA) strategy. From a technical perspective, DDG 1000 uses a modular architecture that is based on open standards. The RTOrb product fits well with that architecture.” Geisler continued, “OA isn’t just about technical solutions. It’s also about an open business model that features competition. The selection of PrismTech came through a process which uses formal evaluation criteria and a source selection board to ensure that the Navy gets the best value. There are several products in this technology space and it was determined that the offering from PrismTech, a privately held company, provides the best value to the Navy.”

PrismTech’s feature-rich OpenFusion(R) RTOrb Java(TM) Edition CORBA(R) middleware provides crucial real-time and non-real time functionality, PrismTech’s offering is based on open industry standards governed by the Object Management Group(TM) (OMG(TM)) and features a high degree of interoperability with other mission systems middleware used in the DDG 1000 architecture.

“PrismTech offers unparalleled levels of functionality and flexibility for TSCEI implementations,” said Steve Jennis, senior vice president of corporate development at PrismTech. “Within a single ORB solution, we can meet the wide variety of CORBA(R) and Java(TM) technology needs—hard and soft real-time—that these demanding infrastructure environments are now requiring.”

The significance of offering deterministic operation in a distributed environment can not be over emphasized, explained Jennis. “It provides the vehicle for CORBA(R) applications written in the Java(TM) programming language to realize more predictable performance with little, and in some cases no, change to the existing code.”

Further information about OpenFusion(R) RTOrb Java(TM) Edition is available from PrismTech’s website.

About PrismTech
Founded in 1992, with offices in the USA and Europe, PrismTech is a privately held software products company. PrismTech serves international Fortune 500 customers in the telecommunications, data communications, defense and aerospace sectors. PrismTech is an acknowledged leader in software productivity tools and middleware, with solutions ranging from wide-scale integration to embedded real-time systems, supporting applications from operations support systems (OSS) through to software-defined radio (SDR).

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