PrismTech Ports Spectra OE to Gumstix Miniature Computers

PrismTech, an acknowledged leader in the provision of high performance middleware and tools, announced the availability of its Spectra(TM) Operating Environment (OE) on the Gumstix(TM) family of small form factor computers. This technology breakthrough delivers the first complete COTS Software Communications Architecture (SCA) software defined radio (SDR) solution on the world’s smallest full-function computer, offering significant cost, size, weight and power (SWaP) benefits for SDR developers.

The size of a stick of gum, Gumstix are highly functional open source Linux miniature computers driving new innovations in network management servers, Unattended Autonomous Vehicles (AUVs), VoIP, sensor monitors, security appliances, RFID device readers, and handheld devices. HP Labs, Nokia, Motorola, Intel, Siemens, Google, Broadcom, Cisco, and over 5,000 other customers use Gumstix technology in over 60 countries.

PrismTech’s Spectra OE is a complete, platform independent, fully SCA compliant COTS operating environment that delivers superior performance and minimal footprint – less than 1 MB for the entire Spectra OE! Developed under the direction of two of the original SDR architects of the SCA, Dominick Paniscotti and Jerry Bickle, Spectra OE delivers a complete SCA implementation supporting the very latest version of the standard, SCA 2.2.2.

The Spectra OE includes: high performance, low overhead SCA 2.2.2 compliant core framework; highly optimized standards compliant CORBA(R) middleware delivering industry leading performance and meeting the full requirements of the SCA; CORBA Object Services (Lightweight Event Service, Lightweight Naming Service, Lightweight Log Service); and XML parser.

Combining Spectra OE with Gumstix offers the first small form factor, high performance, low cost radio platform for SDR developers. The low SWaP requirements of the Spectra OE solution makes standards-based SDRs a viable and cost effective approach for a large range of small form factor device requirements within both military and commercial markets. The Spectra OE runs on multiple radio platforms and operating environments, including Green Hills Software INTEGRITY(TM), LynuxWorks LynxOS(R), MontaVista Linux(R), Red Hat Linux(R), VirtualLogix VLX(TM) and Wind River VxWorks(R).

Spectra OE on Gumstix is also fully integrated with PrismTech’s Spectra Tool suite making SDR developers life significantly easier by dramatically improving productivity and shielding them from programming complexity through model-driven design interfaces and complete SCA infrastructure, build and test code generation.

“PrismTech is leading the commoditization of lightweight COTS SDR operating environments and development tools. Deployment on Gumstix’s small form factor computer demonstrates our ability to meet the most demanding resource-constrained computing environments without sacrificing SCA compliance,” said Dominick Paniscotti, VP & GM SDR Products, PrismTech. “This is another example of PrismTech’s commitment to provide innovative, high-quality, low overhead solutions for SDR developers throughout the software development and deployment process lifecycle.”

About PrismTech
PrismTech is an acknowledged leader in the provision of high performance middleware and tools that help developers of standards-based, carrier-grade systems to: minimize time-to-market, reduce costs, and enhance QoS. The Company provides solutions for applications ranging from net-centric enterprise integration to embedded real-time systems, in markets such as Telecom OSS, Defence C4I, and Software-Defined Radio. PrismTech’s customers constitute an impressive list of major systems integrators, network equipment providers and other OEMs, including many Fortune Global 500 companies. PrismTech was founded in 1992 and is a privately-held group with US operations based in Boston, MA and Saddle Brook, NJ, and European operations in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and France.

CORBA is a registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc in the U.S. and other countries. Gumstix is a trademark of Gumstix Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Spectra, Spectra OE and Spectra Tools are trademarks or registered trademarks of PrismTech.