Zeligsoft and Mercury Collaborate on Joint Tactical Radio System

2/22/2006 - Zeligsoft Inc., a leading vendor of market-specific embedded software development tools, and Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), the leading provider of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing solutions, announced that they have collaborated so that signal processing engineers developing code for Software Defined Radios (SDR) can take advantage of the DoD Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) standard, the Software Communications Architecture (SCA), for automation, component code re-use, and software deployment across heterogeneous environments.

Zeligsoft and Mercury will jointly demonstrate this advancement - an implementation of SCA Change Proposal (CP) 289 - at the upcoming Institute for Defense and Government Advancement’s Software Radio Conference.

Mercury will exhibit their ATCA base Ensemble2TM platform, an SCA-compliant SDR that incorporates multiple state-of-the-art TI TMS320TCI6482 Digital Signal Processors (DSP), embedded microprocessors, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) and a high-speed industry-standard communications fabric between, to enable the development of narrowband and wideband waveforms.

Zeligsoft will demonstrate an SCA component code generator for CP 289. DSP designers can use the code generator to quickly generate the code for a CP 289 component, compile and execute on both development host and embedded target.

SDR applications require the use of DSPs to perform the majority of signal processing functionality. However, version 2.2[.1] of the SCA standard, an open architecture framework that leverages component-based software engineering for application and platform portability, does not support communications, configuration, and connection between software components running on DSPs in the same way it support software running on General Purpose Processors (GPP). A reason often cited for this shortcoming is that DSPs are too resource constrained to run the necessary GPP/CORBA-oriented component framework software.

CP 289, one of the proposals for SCA v3.1, enables a true component-based software approach for resource constrained devices. This approach allows SDR developers to design, deploy and re-use their signal processing code just like they would for other SCA component code. This is important for the entire JTRS development community. Processing code can be designed and implemented without the physical radio platform, accelerating development. DSP code can be easily ported from development hosts to embedded targets, enabling component code reuse without the overheads of CORBA.

"The cooperation between Zeligsoft and Mercury brings the next level of configurability to SDR systems using the SCA," said Francis Bordeleau, President and CEO, Zeligsoft. "Mercury and Zeligsoft prove it is possible to bring components from the GPP to the DSP, which is a much sought after extension."

"Processing platforms are rapidly bringing more power to the SDR developer," said Mark Skalabrin, Vice President and General Manager of Mercury's Advanced Solutions Business Unit. "Mercury's implementation of CP289 allows our customers to better harness that power from the viewpoint of performance, re-usability, portability and reconfigurability. Zeligsoft CE is a valuable resource in enabling our customers to make maximum use of the power of the Ensemble2 platform.”

The joint demonstration of CP-289 can be seen at the neighboring booths of Zeligsoft (booth #7) and Mercury (booth #6) at the IDGA Software Radio conference taking place February 22nd-23rd at the Sheraton Premier at Tysons Corner, Vienna, Virginia.

Zeligsoft is a leading provider of market-specific embedded software development tools that enable the development of component-based systems. The world’s leading aerospace and defence companies use Zeligsoft tools to improve the time to market and quality of their component-based software. Adapting to established development practices, and working with other best-in-class tools, Zeligsoft tools abstract complex standards away from designers, generate domain-specific software artifacts, and guide project teams through the development process. Zeligsoft is the only company in the embedded tools space concentrating on modeling, validation, generation, debugging, automated testing and deployment management of entire component-based systems. Zeligsoft’s current target market is the Software Defined Radio (SDR) industry, which has standardized on the component-based Software Communications Architecture (SCA). Next generation products and key strategic partnerships will expand the Zeligsoft customer value into other verticals in the embedded systems space, including defence electronics, telecommunications and automotive. The Zeligsoft team comprises leading toolsmiths and software engineering experts who possess extensive experience in software engineering processes and Model Driven Development (MDD). Zeligsoft drives industry standards by contributing significantly to key forums such as the Object Management Group (OMG) and the SDR (Software Defined Radio) Forum. Zeligsoft is headquartered in the Ottawa-Gatineau region amongst some of the world’s largest and most innovative high-technology companies.

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading provider of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing solutions. Mercury’s solutions play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the Company’s systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury’s systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection. Mercury provides advanced 3D image processing and visualization software and optimized systems to diverse end markets including life sciences, geosciences, and simulation. The Company also provides radio frequency (RF) products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial applications.

Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors.

TM Zeligsoft and Zeligsoft CE are trademarks of Zeligsoft Inc.
Ensemble2 is a trademark of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.

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